Invite viewers to contribute transcriptions or translations

Community contributions going away soon
Community contributions will be discontinued across all channels after September 28, 2020. Community contributions allowed viewers to add closed captions, subtitles, and title/descriptions to videos. This feature was rarely used and had problems with spam/abuse so we’re removing them to focus on other creator tools. You can still use your own captions, automatic captions, and third-party tools and services. You have until September 28, 2020 to publish your community contributions before they’re removed. 

Once you've turned on community contributions, let your viewers know that they can help with reviewing and translating videos. Here's how you can raise awareness: 

  • Share a link to a video: Let viewers know that you need help with a video and they'll be directed to the captions editor. Using the editor, they can add translations for one or more languages.
  • Share a link to your channel: Send viewers directly to a list of all available translations for your channel. They can review tasks for their languages and decide what to contribute.

YouTube figures out a viewer's language profiles by looking at different factors, like their watch history.

Get links to share with contributors

  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Videos.
  3. Click the video you’d like to edit.
  4. From the left menu, click Subtitles.
  5. Click the down arrow below “Community contributions”.
  6. Click On for this video.
  7. From the left menu, click Details.
  8. Copy and share the video link beneath the video with your viewers. Try adding them to the video description or your social media posts to get more contributors.
Note: Be sure to check the quality of community contributions before they’re published on your video. Learn how to manage spam on community contributions.
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