How to add transcriptions and captions to a YouTube video

While there are many ways to SEO your videos, adding a video transcription is a huge bonus because search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo! can read the text. Adding a transcription text file can greatly increase the possibility of your videos ranking higher in search engines. Generating these transcripts can also give your audience the option to view the content in written form or video form.

Adding video transcriptions and captions to your YouTube video can be a frustrating process if you don’t know how to do it properly. In my last blog post I discusses what a video transcription is and why it’s important. Let’s jump in to the how-to. This blog post will discuss how to upload your text file to YouTube.

You can add video transcriptions and captions to YouTube in one of two ways:  Make sure you are logged into YouTube and then go to your Video Manager and click on the “subtitles and cc” tab. You’ll be able to type what was said in your video directly into the video transcript text box. Or you can create a transcript file. (You should already have this if you used SpeechPad.)

Copy and paste the text from the file into YouTube. Make sure you convert file into a plain txt file if you haven’t already done that. To convert the file you can use programs like Notepad or TextEdit.

Select the original spoken language of the video {example: English} from the drop-down menu. Then click on the “add subtitles or cc” button and click the language in which the transcript in written. Once you’ve selected a language you can now upload the text file.

The file will auto-populate and you can then go in and set the timing of each caption/subtitle. You want to make sure the timing is set perfectly.

Once you have finished editing the time frames click save and Presto! You’re video transcription has been complete!

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