Closed Captioning online videos is easy with CaptionSync's caption files. If you're trying to caption a YouTube video you do not own, and it also does not allow embedding, this article provides a workaround for captioning it using a desktop player and a caption file. See how below.
NOTE: If you don't own the video, but it allows embedding, you can use our Smart Player feature to caption it.
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.
- Submit the YouTube URL to the video using our List of URLs feature.
- Once results are available, download the .srt file from the Results Email or the Submission Details Page.
Playing the Video Stream and the Captions on the VLC Player:
- Download and install the VLC player in your computer, if you don't yet have it. Open VLC, click Media -> Open Network Stream. Under Please enter a network URL, paste the YouTube URL in the http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3PSn13ELIk format. Click Play. The video will then start playing.
- Hit pause while you associate the caption file with the video. Open the Subtitle menu, click Add Subtitle File, and browse for the .srt file you downloaded earlier. Click Open.
- Hit play and the YouTube video will play along with the captions:
- If the captions are too small or too large, learn how to customize them in our article on VLC and subtitles.
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