How to Add Subtitles to YouTube Videos

Did you know that YouTube lets you add subtitles to your videos? You can make sure that all of your viewers are able to understand your content, even if they don’t speak the same language as you do. Even better, adding subtitles isn’t difficult and can be done by anyone with even the most basic technical skills. This step-by-step guide will show you how to add subtitles to your YouTube videos in just five easy steps.

Go to View then Subtitles/CC


When you’re on a video page, choose Subtitles/CC from the bottom menu. From there, you can select from a few different options. First is to add subtitles in various languages. You can also choose for it to be spoken by a male or female voice and can even speed up or slow down your selected voices.

Select Add Subtitle File


Many people enjoy watching videos on their mobile devices, but often find that they have a hard time making out what’s being said. Fortunately, adding subtitles is very easy, and can make watching videos much more enjoyable. You simply upload your file (usually an SRT file) in the field provided during video creation. Once you’ve done that, click Next Step and add a subtitle name, select language and use default settings for overlay opacity and duration of each line. Then click Save as Completed Work. Voilà! You now have subtitles for your video.

Upload your file


If you’re uploading a video file, it’s best to use a third-party sharing site like Dropbox or Google Drive. To do so, just choose other when prompted on YouTube and then select your media. For text files, place them in your Web browser’s upload directory. If you don’t know where that is, simply go to any file and click more (or something similar). You’ll see options for saving your file as an HTML or Text Document. Make sure you save it into an easily accessible location so you can find it later. Once it’s uploaded, enter its web address in Step 2 below.

Repeat until you have done all your videos


In order to add subtitles, there are a few things you’ll need: a video, a transcript file of that video and an application for adding in subtitles. You can purchase applications for doing so on your desktop computer or use some web-based applications; both methods have their pros and cons. For instance, many online applications don’t allow you to adjust where your subtitle text appears in relation to any other visual content in your video. Additionally, they may limit how long your subtitle is or limit what fonts are available.

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