YouTube Closed Captioning

YouTube has more than 2 billion users worldwide, ranking it among the most popular social platforms. In addition, today’s social media landscape is becoming a “video first” world as an increasing number of users are consuming video content on a daily basis. Adding captions to your social media content goes a long way toward making it inclusive for all. Fortunately, it’s easy to add captions to your YouTube videos.

VITAC offers extensive YouTube closed captioning solutions for all of your live and prerecorded video content. Our experts can help create 100% verbatim caption files − perfectly timed to sync with your video’s audio and placed to match the speakers on the screen – and livestreamed text for all your YouTube videos.

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Prerecorded YouTube Closed Captions

YouTube offers automatically generated captions. It also allows you to create your own captions and edit incorrect auto-generated captions directly in its Video Manager section. YouTube lets you to upload your own caption files, and the platform suggests using .srt files since they require only basic timing information and can be edited using any plain text editing software.

Though savvy content providers can create their own .srt caption files, it’s often a lengthy, time-consuming process. In addition, poorly timed captions, typos, misspellings, bad punctuation and grammar, and display issues can result in a bad viewer experience for individuals viewing your captions.

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To increase your chances of getting a viewer’s attention and providing a good viewing experience, you may need the help of a professional captioning company, like VITAC. Working with a third-party captioning service also will eliminate the hassle of creating your own captions or messing around with clunky video editing software.

Our offline (prerecorded) captioning team creates files that add captions to your video after it has been recorded. You can trust that we’ll do the job right. We take pride in being the exclusive provider of prerecorded captions for programs on more than two dozen television networks. We have extensive experience captioning:

  • Sitcoms
  • Dramas
  • Documentaries
  • Children’s shows

Our team is available 24/7, supported by coordinators who review and quality check all video before moving it into the production process.

YouTube Live Caption Embed Instructions

VITAC’s YouTube Live Captioning integration is simple. Just follow the instructions below to ensure your event is accessible to all your viewers.

When you order your event from our ordering site, you will need to provide us with two separate links from your YouTube Live Stream.

  • Caption Ingest URL: YouTube generates this link when you select the captioning option in settings. This link will also contain “closedcaption” as part of the URL.
  • Link to View the Event: The second link you will need to provide is the link to view the event on YouTube Live. This allows the captioner to verify that captions are appearing on YouTube Live properly. This link will look like a standard YouTube link.

Please note that our captioner will also require an un-buffered audio source to listen to the event. This would typically be an audio coupler or conference bridge.

Enabling YouTube Live Captions

Once the organizer of the live stream event provides a web link to the event participants, open the link in your web browser. To view captions, you will need to click on the “CC” icon located on the bottom right of the video player. You can adjust the caption settings by clicking on the gear located to the right of the “CC” icon.

Detailed Instructions

We make captioning your YouTube videos easy. Download our instructions, and start making your videos more accessible.