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YouTube 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 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.

Prerecorded 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.

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:

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

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Uploading Captions to YouTube

Check out our short tutorial that walks you through the steps necessary to upload captions to a YouTube video.

YouTube Live Captioning

YouTube Live is designed to make your online video an engaging experience, allowing people to watch, comment, and interact with your content in real time. Because your video stream might attract a diverse, international audience, it’s a great idea to caption those streams. This will not only to allow more people to join the conversation, but also provide a way for your videos to stand out from the rest.

YouTube Live allows you to add auto-generated captions to your video. This can create some problems in accuracy, especially if your video:

You also can create your own captions for your live streams if you intend to read off a script. This isn’t always the most practical solution since live broadcasts are meant to be spontaneous and interactive. Reading along with a script can take that “live” element away and make it a bit more staged.

We’re here to make your YouTube Live captioning experience as stress-free and easy as possible. Our experienced staff of professional live captioners and coordinators are here for 24/7 customer support and will work with you every step of the way. Leave it to us, and save yourself the hassle of transcribing your video or hoping the auto-generated captions don’t leave you with embarrassing typos, incomplete sentences, misspelled names, or worse.

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Enabling Captions for YouTube Live Events

Watch our short video to learn more about how captions are either embedded in your YouTube Live video or via supported software that can send captions over HTTP POSTs.

Detailed Instructions

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