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How do I add captions to my video?

If Using YouTube

For videos embedded via YouTube, here are the steps for adding them within YouTube's Video Manager section:

  • Access your account's Video Manager
  • Select "Edit" beneath a video
  • Select "Subtitles and CC" from the edit menu
  • Submit a plain-text file in .SBV format (see below)
  • Save changes
  • Optional but recommended: YouTube often provides an auto-translated version, which you should delete (via the "Subtitles and CC" panel) if providing an official caption file.

Here is an example of the contents within a valid SBV file, which should be UTF-8 encoded and can be authored in any plain text editor:

0:00:02.21,0:00:05.04
Stay out of their crosshairs.

0:00:05.05,0:00:06.19
Just keep moving.

0:00:06.20,0:00:08.06
Just for you.

To ensure compatibility, make sure the format is exactly like this. Avoid having timecode start/stop cues overlap.

If Using Facebook

For videos embedded via Facebook, here are the steps for adding them within Facebook's Edit Video page:

  • Access your published video post
  • Select "Edit this video" from the sidebar menu
  • Submit a plain-text file in .SRT format (see below) with a specific filename for English: filename.en_US.srt
  • Save changes

Here is an example of the contents within a valid SRT file, which should be UTF-8 encoded and can be authored in any plain text editor:

1
00:00:02,210 --> 00:00:05,040
Stay out of their crosshairs.

2
00:00:05,050 --> 00:00:06,190
Just keep moving.

3
00:00:06,200 --> 00:00:08,060
Just for you.

To ensure compatibility, make sure the format is exactly like this. Avoid having timecode start/stop cues overlap. Also note the double digit leading zeroes.

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Work

Difficulty

Medium

Updated

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2015-10-10

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