Caption your YouTube videos with ease!
Like Atkins diet, captioning your YouTube videos is something you always wanted to try out. Everytime we go through a captioned YouTube video, we promise ourselves that we must give captioning a shot in the next video. After going through an avalanche of technical information, the promise is stowed away in a corner where the sun never shines.
Add captions in YouTube in five steps!
- Go to Video manager and click on the drop down menu
- Choose the ‘Captions’ option provided
- Now select the ‘Add captions’ option
- Type the audio data in your video into the video transcript text box
- Select the ‘upload timed caption file’ option, choose the file that needs to be uploaded and you are done!
Guidelines to follow…
- Use >> ‘greater than’ symbols to denote changes in speakers if you have more than one person in your video.
- To force a caption break use double line breaks so as not to confuse your viewers
- Use square brackets to identify sound cues, background sound or any other audio or visual detail in your video.
It is not all gravy!
We can see you smiling triumphantly and probably saying to yourself, “God why didn’t I do this before!” Adding captions is a walk in the park if your video is just about three minutes long. Trying to add captions to long videos with a lot of spoken words can be a mind numbing task. You will be all flaked out by the time you insert time codes. If you hate to be tied to your desk hours together turn opting for a captioning firm is a smart option.
But aren’t they expensive?
Yes. Captioning can be shockingly expensive and you will have to wait weeks on end to receive your captioned files, if you work with the wrong person. Choose a firm that’s been in the field long enough and offers low prices. It can be difficult to make the right choice amongst the hundreds of captioning companies clamoring for your attention.
Be patient and persistent and captioning won’t be a challenge anymore!