Add your own closed captions

Closed captions allow you to share your videos with a larger audience, including deaf or hard-of-hearing viewers and viewers who speak another language. If you already have captions, get help editing or removing existing captions.

Create closed captions

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Subtitles.
  3. Click the video that you'd like to edit.
  4. Click ADD LANGUAGE and select your language.
  5. Under subtitles, click ADD.
Upload a file

A closed caption file contains the text of what is said in the video. It also contains timestamps for when each line of text should be displayed. Some files also include position and style info, which is especially useful for deaf or hard-of-hearing viewers.

Before you start, make sure that your file type is supported on YouTube.

  1. Select Upload file.
  2. Choose between With timing or Without timing, then select Continue.
  3. Choose a file to upload.
  4. Select Save.
Auto-sync

You can create closed captions by typing them in as you watch the video. With this option, you’ll need to set the timing to sync with your video.

Note: Since the transcript text is automatically synchronized to your video, the transcript must be in a language supported by our speech recognition technology and in the same language that's spoken in the video. Transcripts are not recommended for videos that are over an hour long or have poor audio quality.

  1. Select Auto-sync.
  2. Enter the words in the video or upload a transcript file
  3. Select ASSIGN TIMINGS, then click SAVE AND CLOSE.

Setting the timings can take a few minutes. While you wait, you'll be brought back to the video tracklist. Once it's ready, your transcription will automatically be published on your video.

Type manually

You can choose to type or paste a transcript of your video captions. With this option, your subtitle timings will be set automatically.
  1. Select Type manually
  2. Play the video and enter your captions. Don't forget to add text like [applause] or [thunder], so that viewers know what's going on in the video. You can also pause while typing. 
  3. Repeat step 5 for more captions, then click PUBLISH.

To speed up your work, you can also use these keyboard shortcuts:

  • Shift + left arrow: Seek back one second. 
  • Shift + right arrow: Seek forward one second. 
  • Shift + space: Pause or play the video.
  • Shift + enter: Add a new line.
  • Shift + down arrow: Edit next subtitle.
  • Shift + up arrow: Edit previous subtitle.
  • Enter: Add the subtitle.

 

Auto-translate

YouTube can use speech recognition technology to automatically create captions for your videos. If automatic captions are available, they'll automatically be published on the video. Learn how to use automatic captions.
Automatic captions are available in the following languages: 
  • English
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
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