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Contribute titles, descriptions, subtitles & closed captions

Some channels let you contribute titles, descriptions, subtitles and closed captions to their videos. They're viewable on the video watch page and by clicking on the [CC] icon in the player. Approved content is owned by the video owner, but you can get credit for your contributions on the video.

Submit contributions

You can submit content for an entire video or just add what you know. If you see existing content that's been added by someone else from the community, you can add the parts that are missing — every little bit helps.

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If enough people have already contributed transcriptions or translations for a video, you'll be prompted to help review the content instead of adding to it.

You can see how many other people are currently working on the same translations with the contributor icon . If there are a lot of people working on a version, consider coming back later or working on another video that's been suggested for you in your Contribute tab.

Contribute transcriptions & translations

  1. Go to the video that you want to contribute closed captions to. Note that not all videos support closed captions.
  2. In the player, select the gear icon .
  3. From the drop-down menu, select Subtitles/CC > Add subtitles or CC.
  4. Select the language that you'd like to contribute. You can use the search bar to find languages that don't automatically show in the list.
  5. Select the feature that you’d like to work on: Title, Description, or Subtitles & CC.
  6. Below each feature you can see which action is available (transcribe translate, review).
You might see “locked” for the title and descriptions tabs. This is because this feature is not available on all channels yet or you’re providing transcriptions that aren't necessary for metadata. 

You can also follow these steps to work on recommended videos:

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. In the top right, select your account > Creator Studio.
  3. In the left menu, click Your Contributions > Contribute.
Contribute subtitles, closed captions, titles, & descriptions

Contribute closed captions (same language as the video)

  1. Go to the video that you want to contribute closed captions to. Note that not all videos support closed captions.
  2. In the player, select the gear icon .
  3. From the drop-down menu, select Subtitles/CC > Add subtitles or CC.
  4. Select the video's language.
  5. Play the video. When you get to the part where you want to add a caption, type your caption into the box.
  6. Repeat this process for all the audio in the video, then click Submit for review.
  7. You'll be asked if the captions are complete or if there's still more to be done. This helps us figure out if other contributors need to pick up where you left off. Choose No - Let others keep working on them or Yes - They're ready to be reviewed.
  8. Click Submit.

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

  • Enter: Add the subtitle.
  • Shift + space: Pause or play the video.
  • Shift + left arrow: Seek back 5 seconds. 

Contribute subtitles (different language than the video)

When you're adding subtitles in a different language and there are captions in original language, the timing has already been set in the original closed caption track, so all you need to do is translate each line.

  1. Go to the video that you want to contribute subtitles to.
  2. In the player, select the gear icon .
  3. From the drop-down menu, select Subtitles/CC > Add subtitles or CC.
  4. Select the language that you'd like to contribute. You can use the search bar to find languages that don't automatically show in the list.
  5. Play the video. When you get to the part where you want to add a subtitle, type your translation into the box. You can also click Auto translate to fill each line with a suggested translation from Google Translate. If you do this, make sure to review and fix each line carefully.
  6. Repeat this process for all the audio in the video, then click Submit for review.
  7. You'll be asked if the subtitles are complete or if there's still more to be done. This helps us figure out if other contributors need to pick up where you left off. Choose No - Let others keep working on them or Yes - They're ready to be reviewed.
  8. Click Submit.

Note: You can't adjust the timing of the subtitles since it's automatically set based on the original closed caption timing.

Contribute translated titles

  1. Select the Title tab.
  2. Enter your translation. You can also click Auto translate to fill each line with a suggested translation from Google Translate. If you do this, make sure to review and fix each line carefully.
  3. Click Submit for review and select whether you’d like to contribute more translations.
Note: Metadata translations will only be published once both title and description are available in a given language, so consider translating both.

Contribute translated descriptions

  1. Select the Description tab.
  2. Enter your translation.
  3. Click Submit for review and select whether you’d like to contribute more translations.
Note: Metadata translations will only be published once both title and description are available in a given language, so consider translating both.

 

Your contribution may be combined with other submissions for the video until metadata, subtitles, and closed captions in that language are ready for review. Other community members will see your contribution and be able to add to or improve upon it. They won't see your name or profile information.

Help review submitted content

Once the submitted titles, descriptions, closed captions, or subtitles are completed, they go through a review process. YouTube moderates for spam and inappropriate contributions, but you may also be able to help review content. If enough people have already contributed translations for a video, you'll be prompted to help review the content instead of adding to it.

When reviewing content, make sure to:
  • Check for and fix typos or wrong subtitles
  • Report spam or offensive translations by clicking the flag icon

If everything looks good, click Approve to finish your review. When a submission gets enough reviews, it'll be automatically approved — or it can be approved by the owner.

Manage your contributions

You can manage the subtitle or closed caption content you’ve contributed in your contribution hub.

  1. In the top right corner, click on your account > Creator Studio.
  2. In the left-hand panel, select Your Contributions.
  3. Use the tabs at the top to manage your contributions:
    • See drafts: Select the Drafts tab to see content that you're working on.
    • See your submissions: Select the Submissions tab to see your contributions, including each one's status.
    • Edit contributions: Select the Submissions tab > View for the contribution you want to edit. At the bottom of the page, select Edit. If other community contributors have added content since your last update, you'll see the latest version submitted by fans. Otherwise, you'll see your latest draft. Click Submit for review when you're done making edits.
    • See published content: Select the Submissions tab > View for any submission noted as "Published."
    • See suggested videos: Select the Contribute tab to see suggestions for videos you might be interested in contributing to or reviewing.

Get credit for contributions

After submitting a contribution, you can choose if your name shows in list of contributors. This displays in the video’s description on the watch page.

In order to get credit for contributions, you need to have a YouTube channel. Learn how to get credit for you contributions or opt out.

Your contribution might be modified or improved by other contributors. This data will be retained until the video creator chooses to delete the video.

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