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.
The first step is to get the caption file from CaptionSync. You can submit the YouTube URL to your media file using our List of URLs feature, and choose one of the outputs YouTube accepts, from the Advanced Settings. We recommend using the .srt output with YouTube videos.
Currently, YouTube 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
Associate the Caption File with your Video:
- Download the caption file from CaptionSync, and then log into your YouTube account. You now need to import the caption file into your YouTube account. First, open the Video Manager tab:
- Click Edit -> Subtitles and CC:
- Next, set the Language for your video (it may be already set):
- Click Add subtitles or CC:
- Choose Upload a file:
- Choose Subtitles file, and click Browse. Then click Upload:
- You can use the text editor to make changes to the text before publishing the captions. Finally click Publish:
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:
- An article describing known issues and tips regarding YouTube's Captioning feature can be found here.