Captioning your own YouTube videos is easy with CaptionSync. YouTube provides a mechanism for video owners to upload a caption file along with their video file. The caption file can be added at any time. This tutorial shows how this is done.
If you want to caption YouTube videos you don't own, see this article instead.
NOTE: At no additional charge, CaptionSync has the ability to deliver caption files directly into your YouTube account, when a Transcription/Captioning request is made via our List of URLs feature. Learn how to use this feature in our YouTube integration tutorial.
We recommend using the .srt output with YouTube videos, but YouTube currently supports the following file formats provided by CaptionSync:
- .srt - SubRip
- .scc - Scenarist Closed Caption
- .smi - Synchronized Accessible Media Interchange
- .dfxp - Distribution Format Exchange Profile
- .lrc - For lyrics
- .rt - RealText
- .cap - Cheetah binary captions
- .asc - Cheetah text captions
Submitting your Media for Captioning:
- In your CaptionSync account, go to Caption/Transcribe -> Advanced Settings. Under the Output Types tab, ensure the SRT format is selected.
- Make your Captioning request, using your media file. You can submit the YouTube URL to your media file using our List of URLs feature.
- Once results are available, download the .srt file from the Results Email or the Submission Details Page.
Importing the Captions into YouTube:
If you are using the YouTube Studio (beta) interface, follow these instructions instead:
- Log into your YouTube account, click your avatar and open YouTube Studio (beta):
- Go to Videos and click on the video you want to add captions to. Under the Advanced tab set the Language for your video, if it wasn't already set. Then, click UPLOAD SUBTITLES/CC:
- In the "Select subtitle/CC file type" box, select the With timing option, and click Continue.
- Browse for the .srt caption file stored in your computer, and click Open.
- The caption file will be listed under Subtitles and CC for original video language. Finally, click Save.
- Log into your YouTube account, click your avatar and open the Creator Studio:
- Select the Video Manager and open the Edit menu for the video you want to add captions to. Click Subtitles/CC:
- Set the Language for your video, if it wasn't already set. Click Add new subtitles or CC, choose the language, and then select Upload a file:
- Choose Subtitles file, and click Browse. Then click Upload. Finally, click Save changes. The caption file will be listed under the Subtitles/CC tab.
- You can use the text editor to make changes to the text before publishing the captions. If you do so, ensure you click Publish when you're done.
Turn on captions on YouTube's player:
- To watch captions being displayed on the player, click the Settings icon and then Subtitles:
- Then click the caption file you uploaded:
- Finally, you should see captions being displayed:
- YouTube describes how to import a caption file in their Support article on this topic.
- We have an article describing known issues and tips regarding YouTube's Captioning feature.