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How to Add Subtitles to YouTube Videos

| March 9, 2013

YouTube-button-38YouTube is a popular website for uploading your own videos for the whole world to see. Many people are familiar with YouTube, so if you upload a video it is likely many people will see it. But of course, we don’t want people who speak your language to see your video. We want your video to go universal. But how? We add subtitles to your videos!

 

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STEP1

Upload your video. Or if you’ve already uploaded your video, proceed to step 2. To upload your video, we must click “Upload” on the YouTube site. Follow the set instructions when uploading.

STEP 2

Create your subtitles! To create them, you must open up the program “Notepad” on Windows. Mac users should use “TextEdit” located in your Application folder. Write in what the people say in your video and separate the lines with spacing. Once written up, save it as a “.txt” file to your Desktop.

STEP 3

Use YouTube’s special editing tool. YouTube has a great tool which you can upload a text file and it will detect the lines being said on your video. To add your subtitles go to your video and above the player it will have editing options. Click the option that says “Edit captions/subtitles”.

STEP 4

Apply your script to your video! Click “Add New Captions or Transcript”. Now you can upload the script you wrote earlier. Click “Browse” and then locate your “.txt” file. When found, click “Open”.

STEP 5

Verify the type of file. Click the option “Transcript file” and then name it. It is best to name it the same as your video. Click “Upload file”.

STEP 6

Let YouTube do the rest for you! YouTube will detect when someone is speaking and put the correct subtitle underneath when being said. When complete, go back to your video and play it (make sure you pressed “CC” on the player). You’re done!
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  1. To increase the chances of your subtitles being in the right place, speak clearly in your video and it may not work as well with background noise.
  2. Remember to spell correctly when typing it up!
  3. Of course if YouTube’s tool doesn’t work, you can add subtitles with your video editing program.

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  1. Your subtitles may not be in the right places at the right times to don’t be disappointed if they are.
  2. Don’t upload a script that makes no sense or is offensive as YouTube may take the video down.

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