Request caption translations

Grow a global audience by translating the captions on your YouTube videos. You can translate captions by getting help from your friends, or you can have your captions professionally translated for a fee.

In order to request translations, your video must not be a private video, and it must already have a caption track.

Here’s how to request translations:

  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, then click the Add a new track button
  3. Select Request translation
  4. Choose which languages you’d like to translate, then click Next
  5. On the next page, you can choose to either: (1) order translations from a vendor or (2) invite people you know to help translate.
Order translations from a vendor
  1. After following the steps above, select the vendor you’d like to use and click Start order
  2. Click Continue to confirm your selection and agree to share the translation documents with the selected vendor
  3. You’ll be directed to the vendor’s website to confirm the order details and complete payment.

When the translation is complete, you’ll receive an email with a link that directs you to a page where you can review the translation. Click the track under “Pending tracks” to review, then Approve to publish the translated caption.

Invite people you know to help translate
  1. Click on the Manage translations button at the bottom half of the page after following the steps above
  2. Select a language and click Share. Enter your friend’s email address, then click Send Invitations.

When your friend has finished translating, you’ll receive an email that contains a link to review the translations before publishing them. Make sure to Approve the caption when you’re done.