Edit captions

Whether you’re editing captions automatically generated by YouTube or tweaking captions you've added yourself, the captions in-line editor allows you to quickly and easily make changes to both the text and time codes of your captions.

Editing text

To edit the text of your captions:

  1. Visit your Video Manager and click the drop-down menu next to the “Edit” button for your video
  2. Select Captions
  3. Click on the caption track you would like to edit
  4. Click inside any line in the caption track panel and edit the text
  5. Remember to save when you’re finished

If you’re editing automatic captions, this will generate a new caption track including your revisions.

Editing time codes

There are a few different ways to edit time codes on your caption tracks. The easiest method is to edit the time codes directly in the YouTube captions editor:

  1. Visit your Video Manager and click the drop-down menu next to the "Edit" button for your video
  2. Select Captions
  3. Click on the caption track you would like to edit
  4. Select a specific line in the caption track panel and press the up or down arrow to adjust timing and the left or right arrow to change duration 
  5. Once you're finished, be sure to select Save Changes

You can also edit time codes by downloading the caption file and using a plain text (.txt) editing program like TextEdit or Notepad to edit the captions. 

To download your captions:

  1. Visit your Video Manager and click the drop-down menu next to the “Edit” button for the video you’d like to translate
  2. Select Captions
  3. Select the caption track you would like to download
  4. Click the Actions drop-down menu
  5. Click the captions file format you would like
  6. Your browser will download a file containing the captions track

When you’re done editing, simply add the captions back to your video.

Alternatively, you can get help by using caption editing software or services.