Using & Editing Automatic Captioning for YouTube Videos
YouTube generates automatic closed captioning for most videos after uploading*. While this feature is a great starting point for ensuring that your video is accessible, it is important to review and correct any errors in the automatically-generated closed captions. The following steps will show you how to view and edit the automatic captions for your YouTube videos.
*Please note: Automatic closed captions will not be available immediately after uploading your video to YouTube. It may take several hours for the automatic closed captions to be generated.
- Sign in to YouTube Studio (https://studio.youtube.com/)
- From the left menu, select “Subtitles”:
- Click the video you’d like to edit.
- For the language you’d like to edit, in the “Subtitles” column, select Options Edit:
- At the top right, click Edit:
- Click on the caption track you want to edit.
- Click inside any line in the caption track panel and edit the text.
- When you’ve finished making changes, click Publish edits, at the top right:
- You’ll be asked to confirm that you want to overwrite existing subtitles. Click Publish.
Additional Resources and Tutorials
Uploading closed caption file to a YouTube Video:
Uploading & Sharing Unlisted Videos with YouTube:
Google’s Tutorial for Editing Automatic Captioning for YouTube Videos: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2734705?hl=en
Video Tutorial for above: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSW7x4_LzCs
Create and/or Upload Original Captions:
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