Captions and Subtitles On YouTube
You can add a way for others to view your videos even when they have hearing problems. Captions and Subtitles, just like you see in closed captioning television, are a way to add a layer of text over your video for those who can’t hear or understand your video sound. It could be they have problems hearing or they might speak a different language. Or maybe they are watching somewhere like work where they can’t turn up the sound.
How to add new subtitles or closed captions on YouTube
- Go to your Video Manager. Click on the drop-down menu next to the “Edit” button for the video you’d like to add captions to.
- Select Subtitles and CC
- Select the original language of the video from the drop-down menu.
In YouTube Click on the Add subtitles or CC button.
Choose one of the options on how you want to add your subtitles.
In the Create new subtitles or CC, you create subtitles and closed captions by adding them in or typing them in as you watch the video.
In the Transcribe and set timings tab, you type or paste the full transcript of the video. The subtitle timings are set automatically.
In the Upload a file, you will upload a text transcript or timed subtitles file.
Annotations are a way to add a layer of clickable text, links, and hotspots over your video. Annotations allow you to add information that let’s your audience engage interactively with you.
How to add annotations:
- In the Video Manager, click down arrow edit button next to the video you want to edit.
- Choose Annotations.
- Click the add Annotation button.
- When finished adding annotations, click publish.
As you can see you can choose from five different types of annotations:
Speech bubble: for creating a typical pop-up speech bubble that includes text. Use speech bubbles to add whimsy to your videos or as thoughts for characters. Speech bubbles can be used to call out specific areas.
Note is for pop-up boxes containing text.
Title is for a text overlay so you can title your video. These are used for headings, captions and any other large text notes. Use them at the beginning of your video or in individual sections of your video. These should only appear briefly and kept away from the center of your video.
Spotlight lets you highlight areas in a video. The text appears when the viewer moves their mouse over those areas you’ve highlighted. Use the spotlight annotation to make eye-catching graphics the encourage viewers to comment, share or subscribe.
Label is for creating a call out and name a specific part of the video.
YouTube Publishing Features Continues
Next we will discuss fonts, colors, sizes, and position in our continuing series of posts. See you then.