Why add captions to videos?
Adding captions to a video to improves viewer engagement, message comprehension, and overall accessibility. Learn how to add subtitles to a video below.
How to Add Captions to Videos
Captions are a type of subtitle in a video designed for viewers who cannot hear the audio. They are an important component because they make your videos more accessible. For example, those who are deaf or hard of hearing use captions to read the audio while watching the video. Additionally, captions make it easier for people who are watching a video in a loud environment and make information easier to retain for all viewers. Multiple studies found that nearly 85 percent of Facebook videos are watched without sound!
Why Add Captions to A Video?
There are a variety of benefits for adding closed captions to videos. Like we mentioned, when you add subtitles to video content, it becomes more accessible to individuals. With captions, people who are hard of hearing are now able to watch and understand your video. Likewise, captions make video content more accessible in sound sensitive environments like a noisy floor at work, or public transportation. Better yet, adding captions to videos doesn’t require you to get out your headphones! In addition, hundreds of studies show that video captions improve message comprehension, attention span, and memorability. Adding captions to videos doesn’t just benefit the viewer, but can also improve your SEO and video views. Adding captions to videos allows Google to crawl the transcript of your video, increasing the chances of your content showing up in search results.
In some instances, organizations are required to have captions on their videos. Captioning requirements are likely to vary depending on your industry, so it’s best to consult with an industry expert to fully understand the laws in places. One example where captions are required is in higher education. Public institutions are required to include captions with videos in order to be compliant with The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It’s best to research if you’re required to add captions to your videos before you get started.
So, given the multiple benefits of using captions, you probably want to know how to add captions to videos. It can be a difficult process on your own, but with the help of a video caption app, you can complete the process smoothly and quickly. Let’s go over how to add closed captioning to a video with a video subtitle app.
An Easier Method of Adding Subtitles to Videos
Let’s go over a couple of methods for how to put captions on a video. You can add subtitles to video on your own, but it is a time-consuming process. You have to create an SRT file that can be uploaded alongside your video. To do this, you must write what each video caption should say when it should say it in the video, and the order of the captions. You can write this out in a text editor or, preferably, a free subtitle generator like Amara Public or Aegisub. However, even with free video caption software, it can take hours to add subtitles to a video.
That’s where an add caption to video app comes in. You can purchase a professional app that generates subtitles for you in a matter of minutes. For example, with Covideo, you can add subtitles to a recorded or uploaded video in minutes with the click of a button. Then, you can send your videos over email or text with the included captions. If you would like to view or edit your captions, you can download them as a separate SRT file. Adding captions can drastically improve your view rates when sending a video, because if the recipient is in a loud office with no access to headphones, they can still watch your video.
How To Add Captions To Videos
Let’s go over the process for how to add subtitles to a video in Covideo in more depth. This process should only take a few minutes depending on the length of your video. Do keep in mind that you can only add closed captions to video on your online Covideo account; Covideo does not offer an add captions to video app.
- Login to your online Covideo account and navigate over to your video library.
- Select the video you want to add captions to. You can also record a new video or upload a video from your computer if your video is not already in your library or company folder.
- Once you’ve selected your video, click on the arrow icon that says “More Options”. It will be located on the far right side of the video.
- On the left-hand side of the More Options tab, you will see a toolbar with various video options. Click on “Captions.”
- Click the orange button that says “Start Transcription”. This will start the process that automatically generates your captions. It may take a few minutes.
- Once completed, read through the generated captions and make any necessary edits. You can play the video while you are making those edits to ensure your captions appear in the right location on the video.
- Save your changes.
- Below the video preview, flip the caption switch to on. Now when you send out your video, it will have captions.
- Alternative method: you can also click on the “Manage Captions” button at the bottom of your video while in your video library. This will take you directly to captions. Here you can toggle your captions on and off. If you haven’t already created captions, they will be automatically generated now.
Now you know how to caption a video in Covideo! If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for our 14-day free trial, no payment information required!
How to Add Captions to Videos on YouTube
Are you creating a video specifically for YouTube? If your video doesn’t already consider including captions, then you can use several YouTube features to help with the process. Let’s go over each of them so you can learn everything you need to know about how to add captions to YouTube videos.
First, sign in to your YouTube Studio account. Then click “Subtitles” on the left menu. Click on the video you would like to edit, then click on “ADD LANGUAGE” to select your language. (You can upload subtitles in multiple languages). Finally, click “ADD” under subtitles. From here, you can choose one of two methods to add captions to video on YouTube:
- Upload a file: If you have already generated subtitles with caption maker software, you can upload them to your video as long as they are saved as one of the file types that YouTube supports.
- Type manually: You can type in your captions manually as you play the video. You can pause while typing so the video doesn’t get ahead of you. Once you’re finished, click “publish”.
YouTube can also automatically generate captions on your videos. However, YouTube automatic captions aren’t always accurate, so you should always be sure to check the generated captions. You can edit them on YouTube studio under the Captions tab. The YouTube subtitle generator is available for 10 languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian.
Do you also want to know how to watch YouTube videos with subtitles? This process is much easier than generation captions. Simply click the closed captions (CC) icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the video player, next to the settings icon. You can use this button to toggle subtitles on and off or switch to a different language for subtitles if it is supported.
Start with Video Caption Software
The best way to add subtitles to a video is to use caption maker software. As discussed above, there are several ways to add subtitles to video free either through transcribing them yourself or using free closed captioning software. However, these methods take a long time and may not result in accurate captions. As such, it is better to choose a professional captioning platform over free live captioning software.
If you want to record videos with accurate live captions, then Covideo is the video tool for you. None of our screen recorder and video email competitors offer captions. As a result, we offer the most accessible video email platform. If you would like to try Covideo out for free, then sign up for a 14-day free trial. No payment information or credit card necessary! Do note, however, that not all features are included in Covideo’s free trial, including closed captioning. Still, with a free trial, you can test out Covideo’s base features for free and determine whether Covideo fills your screen recorder and video email needs.
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