Closed Captioning your own Vimeo videos is quite easy with CaptionSync. Vimeo 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 article shows how this is done.
If you want to caption Vimeo videos you don't own, see this article instead.
The first step is to get the caption file from CaptionSync. You can submit the Vimeo URL to your media file using our List of URLs feature, and choose one of the outputs Vimeo accepts, from the Advanced Settings. We recommend using the .srt, .vtt or .2014.vtt formats with Vimeo videos.
Currently, Vimeo supports the following file formats provided by CaptionSync:
- .srt - SubRip
- .scc - Scenarist Closed Caption
- .dfxp - Distribution Format Exchange Profile
- .smi - Synchronized Accessible Media Interchange
- .vtt and .2014.vtt - WebVTT for HTML5
Associate the Caption File with your Video:
- Download the caption file from CaptionSync, and then log into your Vimeo account. Select My Videos -> Settings for the video to which you're going to add captions:
- Go to Advanced -> Upload Captions & Subtitles, and click Choose file. Browse for your caption file, and select the Language and the Type from the drop-down menus. Check ON, beside the file name:
- When all the settings are in place, click Save Changes.
- You can upload several caption files, in different languages. Make sure you click Save Changes, every time you add a new caption file.
Turn on captions on Vimeo's player:
- Click on the video thumbnail. On the player, click CC, and select the language of your caption file:
- When you play the video, you'll see captions being displayed:
- If you uploaded caption files in other languages, you can see them being displayed by clicking the CC button and selecting a different language.
1. Please be aware that Vimeo overrides the caption position formatting provided in the caption files.
2. There are some text display problems on the Vimeo player:
- Italic text is not supported on Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Italic text is also not supported when using the .scc, .dfxp or .smi formats.
- The last parenthetical comment (e.g. [ Music ]) in an .scc caption file is not displayed.