A great way to grow your audience is by increasing the accessibility of your YouTube videos. By adding captions, you make your videos more accessible for all different kinds of viewers, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing and viewers who don’t speak the same language as you.
Here’s how to add captions to your YouTube videos.
1. Transcribe your videos scripts.
If you write out your video scripts before you film, you’re already one step ahead. However, if you don’t have a script yet, watch your video back and transcribe everything you said. This will be the foundation of your captions.
You can start with automatic transcriptions then go back in and tweak them.
2. Upload your captions alongside each video.
To upload your captions, go to your Video Manager. Then, next to the proper video, click “Edit,” select “Subtitles/CC,” and choose “Add new subtitles or CC.”
Follow the instructions in this video to create your subtitles.
3. Encourage fans to translate your subtitles by turning on community contributions.
When you turn on community contributions, your fans can submit their own translations of your video subtitles. This increases accessibility for viewers all across the globe. You can turn this feature on under “Translations & Transcriptions” in your Creator Studio.
Check out this video for more information about community contributions.
Adding subtitles to your videos opens them up to a global audience. Follow these steps to increase the accessibility of your content and grow your channel.
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