If you are a video creator, editor or producer then you know how long it takes to add subtitles to YouTube videos. There are many benefits to including subtitles in a video. With this, you can also share the video to people who know different languages. If someone likes to watch the video in mute, then subtitles become very important for him. Here we are telling you the easiest way to add subtitles to your YouTube videos.
Add subtitles to videos when uploading to YouTube
Adding subtitles to a video using the YouTube Studio app will require a computer or laptop.
- First of all open YouTube studio and login to your channel.
- Click on Upload Video icon and start uploading your video.
- During the upload process, you will have to go through several sections like details, rights management etc.
- When you come to the video element, you will see the option of add subtitles. Under that click on Add and you will see three options – Upload File, Auto-sync and Type Manually.
Upload file: If you have a file that contains the exact script used in the video then you can select with timing option. On the other hand, if you have text that needs to sync with what you’re saying in the video, you can select the without timing option. YouTube will automatically sync subtitles based on your video.
Auto-sync: You can copy and paste your captions, then YouTube will auto-sync them based on your videos.
Type Manually: With this option, you can type the subtitles manually while watching the video.
After this is done, you have to check the subtitles and match them with your video. You can also change the time by editing the timestamp. Then preview the final video with subtitles and edit the text again if you see any mistake. Now your video will have subtitles and when it is published on YouTube you will be able to see the subtitles written just below it and your viewers can choose to watch the subtitles as per their choice.
Add subtitles to an already uploaded YouTube video
- If you are logged into your YouTube channel, click on the profile photo icon in the top right and then go to your channel. Click on Manage Videos and open the video to which you want to add subtitles.
- Now scroll down and click on Subtitles on the right.
- If YouTube has automatically transcribed your video, you can edit these captions. But the biggest drawback is that it takes a lot of time to edit this text. Apart from this, click on the three dots right next to Edit Timing and select the Clear Text option.
- Now you will have two options. First, manually type the subtitles of the video or select the upload file option by clicking on the three dots. You can choose any option of your choice.
- If you don’t see the automatic caption when you click on the subtitle option, then you will get 3 options – Upload file, Auto-sync and Type manually. For this, you can follow steps of the previous guide on how to use these options. After this is done, check the subtitles and match them with your video. You can also change the time by editing the timestamp. Then preview the final video with subtitles and edit the text again if you see a mistake. Now your video will have subtitles and when it is published on YouTube you will be able to see the subtitles written just below it and your viewers will be able to see the subtitles according to their choice.