How to Add Subtitles to YouTube Videos

Mefglobalforum.org – Incorporating subtitles into YouTube videos can be a time-consuming task for those in the video creation industry, particularly for longer videos. Despite the effort, the advantages of adding subtitles are significant. Subtitles allow for a wider reach by catering to non-native speakers, provide accessibility for the hearing-impaired, and enable viewers to watch videos on mute. To effectively communicate your message, we have provided a straightforward guide on how to add subtitles to YouTube videos on desktop. Additionally, you can find more information on transcribing your videos at the end of the article.

Add subtitles to videos while uploading on YouTube

Add subtitles to videos while uploading on YouTube

It is not possible to add subtitles to videos using the YouTube Studio app on mobile, therefore you must use a desktop computer to do so.

  1. To add subtitles to your videos on YouTube Studio, log in to your channel and select the “Upload Videos” icon. Begin uploading your video and during the upload process, you will be guided through various sections such as “Details” and “Rights Management”. In the “Video Elements” section, you will find the option to “Add Subtitles.” By clicking “Add,” you will be given three options to choose from: “Upload File,” “Auto-Sync,” and “Type Manually.
  2. Upload File” allows you to upload a subtitle file that corresponds to the script used in your video, in which case you can choose the “With timing” option. If the text needs to be timed according to the audio in the video, you can select the “Without timing” option. YouTube will automatically match the subtitles to the timing of your video in this scenario.
  3. “Auto-Sync” enables you to copy and paste your captions, and YouTube will automatically match the subtitles to the timing of your video.
  4. Type Manually: With this option, you can manually type the subtitles as you watch the video.
  5. After finishing the process, check the subtitles and make sure they are properly synced with your video. You can also modify the timing by editing the timestamps. Before publishing, take a final look at the video with subtitles and make any necessary text adjustments.
  6. Your video will now include subtitles, which will be visible below the video when published on YouTube. Viewers can choose to activate the subtitles according to their preference.
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Add subtitles to an already uploaded YouTube video

  1. To add subtitles to your video, log in to your YouTube channel, then click on the profile picture icon in the top right corner. Go to “Your channel,” and select “Manage videos” and open the video for which you want to add subtitles.
  2. Now, scroll below and click on Subtitles on the right side.
  3. YouTube’s automatic transcription feature can provide a starting point for editing captions, but the process can be time-consuming as it involves adding punctuation, formatting, and grammar corrections. To bypass this, you can clear the auto-generated text by clicking on the three dots next to “Edit Timings” and selecting “Clear text.” This will give you the options to either manually type subtitles or upload a file by clicking on the three dots and choosing “Upload File.” Choose the one that works best for you.
  4. If automatic captions are not available when you click on the “Subtitles” option, you will be presented with three options: “Upload File,” “Auto-Sync,” and “Type Manually.” To proceed, you can refer to step 2 of the previous guide for instructions on how to use these options.
  5. Once you have finished adding subtitles, verify that they match the video and make any necessary adjustments. You can also adjust the timing by editing the timestamps. Preview the final video with subtitles and make any last-minute text corrections before publishing.
  6. Your video now has subtitles that will appear below the video when it is uploaded to YouTube. Viewers have the option to turn them on or off as desired.
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How to transcribe your YouTube video

Add custom subtitles to your YouTube videos by converting them to text. The easiest way to do this is using a transcribing app or website, such as Otter. Otter is user-friendly and provides accurate translations.

  1. To use Otter to transcribe your YouTube videos, first create an account if you are new to the platform. Then, click the “Record” button on the top right corner. Leave the Otter window open and play the video you want to add subtitles to in YouTube Studio. Otter will transcribe the video in real-time.
  2. After the entire video has been transcribed, stop the recording and allow it to process. Your text file will be available under “My Conversations”
  3. To open a text file, simply click on it. Once it’s open, you can export or copy the contents. To export, select the three dots at the top and choose “Export.” Keep in mind that even when using a top-rated transcription app, it’s essential to review and edit the subtitles as some words may have been inaccurately transcribed.

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