Subtitles can help people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who speak another language better understand a YouTube video. Or you can watch videos without sound in public. YouTube automatically creates subtitles for all videos where the audio quality is good enough. It just happens in the background and you don’t have to make any further settings.
In many cases, these automatic subtitles are currently not really good and reliable. Therefore, we would recommend you to create your own subtitles for your videos. You can find out exactly how to do this in this guide.
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Quick guide: Insert subtitles when uploading
- Open YouTube Studio and sign in.
- Click ” Create ” at the top, then click “Upload Videos “.
- Select a video file, enter a title and a description if necessary and switch to the ” Video elements ” tab at the top. From there, click Add next to Add Subtitle.
- You can choose how to insert the subtitles. If you already have the transcript as a file, you can click on ” Upload file “, select whether time codes are already included, and then upload the subtitles.
- Alternatively, click Auto Sync, enter a transcript of the entire video, and YouTube will automatically sync the text to the video.
- Lastly, you can also create the subtitles manually. To do this, click on ” type manually ” and then enter what you said as text on the left. In addition, you can specify the time codes from when to when the text should appear as subtitles. To add more text overlays, jump to the right part of the video and click + Subtitles in the top left.
Quick guide: add subtitles afterward
- Open YouTube Studio and log in.
- Click Content in the sidebar and click the pencil icon on the video you want to edit.
- Go to the Video Assets tab at the top and click Add next to Add Subtitles.
- Choose how you want to add the subtitles. If you have already created the subtitles as a file, click ” Upload file “, select whether the file already contains timecodes, and upload the file.
- Click Auto-Sync to enter a full transcript of the video, which will then be automatically synced to the video from YouTube.
- Alternatively, you can create subtitles manually. To do this, click on ” type manually “, enter the said text in the left area, and use the time codes to specify from when to when the subtitle should be visible. Then jump to the next point in the video and click “ + Subtitle ” in the upper left corner to type the next point.
For music videos in Spanish, you can follow this guide – como poner subtitulos a un video de youtube. It’s practically the same as it is when uploading English music videos.