Just like on TV, it is possible to get subtitles on YouTube. Videos marked with a small CC mark at the bottom have one or more texts. When you click on the CC mark, you can choose which one you want to see. Besides the language, in which the subtitles have been supplied, it is also possible to get Google to translate them into almost any language.
It is obviously far from all videos that comes with subtitles. There is also a possibility to have a machine transcribed version, but it is only for videos in English language and it is still in beta.
If you have uploaded videos to YouTube, you can also upload subtitles for them. It’s not difficult, if you know how to do it.
Perhaps someone might think: Why should I be using energy to create subtitles for my video? Well, you have probably shared the video on YouTube because you’d like it to be seen. Either to spread a message or get visitors to a page. With subtitles, you can reach a larger audience. Mainly, the hearing impaired can enjoy your video by reading the texts, and secondly you can potentially get visitors from many other countries thanks to possibility of translation.
Another advantage is it is more likely the video is showing up in search results. Google loves words, as the saying goes. And I’m convinced that Google’s search bots also goes through the subtitles on YouTube.
You can create a text file with text and upload to YouTube. It should contain cues for when the text is displayed and removed. Here’s an example:
>> FISHER: All right. So, let's begin.
This session is: Going Social
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Of course it is possible to create the file in a simple text editor, but it is somewhat cumbersome. If you want to do it online and for free, you can use the site CaptionTube. You don’t need register as a user, you can login with an existing YouTube account.
You can choose which of your uploaded videos you want to work with. The page will then show the video. Click the pause button at the position you want the first subtitle, click the “Add Caption”, write the text and how long time it should be displayed. When you have put all the texts into the system, you can see a preview to see if it looks OK and then correct any errors you found. The text can either be downloaded, sent as email or sent directly to YouTube.
You can also create text in a video uploaded by someone else, but you cannot add them directly to YouTube. Instead you get the option to send the text file to the owner of the video.
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