The Easiest Way To Create Closed Captions for Your Videos


Did you know that over 80% of Facebook videos are watched with the sound off? SEO benefits aside, this makes having closed captions for your videos all the more necessary!

These can be a bit time consuming to create, but today we're showing you an easy way to whip up this file using one of YouTube's built-in tools.

Check out our tutorial video below!

Step 1: Go into your channels’ video manager

Once you’re logged into your YouTube page, pull up the menu on the left-hand side of your screen and select the second option that says, “My Channel.” Then, select “Video Manager” which is located just above your channel’s header image.

Next, scroll down your list of videos and locate the one you’d like to create closed captions for. Click the arrow next to “edit” to bring up a drop down menu. Within this menu, select “Subtitles/CC.”

Step 2: Find YouTube’s Generated CC’s

Closed captions can be a headache to create (not to mention they require expensive software to do so). Luckily, YouTube automatically generates closed captions for most videos within the first few hours after you’ve uploaded your video to the site.

Once you pull up this new window, you should see a tab that says “English (Automatic)” under the section titled, “Published.” Click this tab.

If this tab does not appear, this means that YouTube has not yet generated captions for your video so you should check back in later.

Step 3: Edit them

Now, while YouTube’s automatic captions are a HUGE time saver, they’re not always perfect, so you’ll need to review and edit them accordingly.

As you review, be sure to check for spelling, punctuation, and accuracy. You can also edit the timing so that they appear onscreen appropriately.

Once you're done, click “Save Changes.”

Step 4: Export and save the file for future use

Next, your revised CC’s will appear underneath your “Published” tab as “English.” Click this tab to once again pull up your closed caption editor and click the “actions” tab on the and select “.srt” under the “download” section on the menu.

This will download the closed caption file to your computer. You can then upload to other platforms such as Facebook and other platforms that allow CC files.

There's one more thing you should know

Facebook is a little picky when it comes to closed caption files. So in order for it to work, make sure it has the following extension:

Make sure this is listed (or added) on the end of the CC file you downloaded from YouTube.

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