Captions can be incredibly useful to many different viewers of YouTube content. This helps people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people who are viewing content that is not in their native tongue. In this video, instructor Richard Harrington walks you through how to upload custom captions to your YouTube videos.
- If your content has been professionally captioned by an outside vendor, you can upload that. There's also great tools like Transcriptive from Digital Anarchy, that makes it easy to submit your video editing project to an online service and use computer intelligence to get it captioned. And of course there are numerous captioning companies out there that will use live people to go through and caption the video. So there are many ways to solve this, and in fact we do have some additional training in the online library. The important thing here is that YouTube makes it easy for you to upload captions.
So, if you have captions for your content, whether those be the native language or a translation, it's pretty simple. Make sure that your videos are accessible because of the captioning track. This means that people who have different challenges in consuming the content will have an easier time with it, and it may even be a legal requirement depending upon the country you're working in. You can have multiple caption tracks as well. In different languages or dialects. What it comes down to is it's pretty simple.
You're going to go into the video manager and select and individual video, then edit it. Once there, choose the subtitles and closed captions tab, and you click the add button to add more. Let me show you this one more time. From the video manager. I'll simply click edit to open up a video, and then go to the subtitles and closed captions tab. This will show me any existing captions.
Remember, you can click on this to edit the automatic ones or click the add button to add more. This'll make it easy for you to upload content. You'll see here for example, we can choose to upload a file. We can have it do the transcriptions This is generally automatically done, but if for some reason it hasn't been done yet, or you didn't specify a language, you can tell it to transcribe and auto-sync, or you can create your own from scratch.
And clicking this will take you into the editor, but for the most part it's a simple as choosing to upload a file. Once you've done this, you have the ability to upload one of two types. You can go ahead and put a transcript in or a subtitles file. And the difference here is pretty subtle. The transcript is going to be what's being said on screen, while subtitles are generally a different language. Subtitles can also be chosen to be left up while transcriptions are usually going to go ahead and roll on.
If you click learn more, you'll learn about the many different formats that are available and here you can decide if you wanted to use closed captions or subtitles, as well as find out what type of file formats are going to work. There are many different programs out there for subtitling and transcript as this is technology that's been used on things like DVDs and Blu-Rays as well as broadcast television.
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