YouTube is a global video streaming platform designed for people worldwide. So, if you want to grow your channel, nay, explode it, restricting to one language might not help. That’s why so many YouTube creators are turning to captions and subtitles to make the content available for everyone on the platform, especially if they cannot afford to release dubbed versions of every video.
However, if you are just starting, you might want to save a little on creating YouTube video subtitles. How can you do this? Use the native automated caption generator.
Today, we will share a quick guide on setting up YouTube automatic caption generators and four easy ways to optimize them, so read until the end.
How to Generate Automatic Captions on YouTube
Even if you have already uploaded a video on YouTube, you can still add automated captions to it. YouTube uses speech recognition technology to interpret the video content and create automated subtitles.
Here is a quick guide on how you can use this feature to make captions for your own video on YouTube:
How to Switch to Creator Studio Classic from YouTube Studio Beta
The automatic caption generator feature is only available on YouTube creator studio classic as of now. Creators who have the beta version of YouTube Studio will have to switch to this new version to avail of the automatic captions generation feature.
Here is how you can switch from YouTube Studio beta version to Creator Studio Classic:
1. Log in to your YouTube account and click on your channel’s profile picture on the top right corner of the screen
2. Next, click on Youtube studio (beta) and select “Settings”
3. When the settings window opens, select “Creator Studio Classic” and hit “Save.”
4. Again, click on creator studio classic and hit the “Skip” button in the dialogue box
After hitting the skip button, your YouTube Studio beta version dashboard will automatically transform into the creator Studio dashboard.
Generating Captions On YouTube
Now that you have converted your YouTube Studio beta version into the Creator Studio Classic, follow these steps to generate automated captions for your videos:
Log into your Youtube dashboard. On the screen’s right side, you will see an option called “Video Manager.” All the videos uploaded by you will be listed under this option.
Select the video you want to add the captions and click on “Subtitles/CC.”
Next, you need to select the language you want the subtitles in. To do this, click on the “Select Language” dialogue box and select the language of your choice.
If you want to maintain the consistency of captions for all your new video uploads, check the “Default for New Video” option. By doing so, all your future videos will automatically have a caption written in the language of your choice.
Click on Subtitles or CC and select the language again.
Next, click on “Create New Subtitles or CC” and hit the “Subtitles/CC” button.
This is where YouTube automatically starts generating captions for you. The average time for curating the captions will typically depend on the length of your video.
When the captions are ready, make sure to recheck the language under the “Published” tab. It should automatically show the language that you chose in the previous step.
Under the “Actions” tab, you will find the time code and the captions for you to review. Generally, the automated captions created by YouTube are pretty accurate. However, the AI might sometimes fail to correctly interpret certain words based on pronunciation, direct or context differences, so watch out for those.
You can also edit your captions by simply clicking on the “Edit” option and selecting the caption that needs changes. Once you have made the corrections, click on “Publish Edits.”
If you edit the captions at this stage, there will be two groups of subtitles. For example, if you have chosen English subtitles, you will find two options, namely “English(automatic)” and “English.” The first option has the set of subtitles generated by YouTube itself and the second option has the edited set of captions.
To implement the revised version of captions in your video, click on English(automatic) and hit “Unpublish.” By doing so, only the revised set of subtitles will be visible on your video.
4 Tricks to Optimise Your Auto-generated YouTube Captions
Your job does not end at creating the subtitles for your video. You also need to implement a few tricks to optimize the same for a better experience.
So here are four tricks that will help your subtitles do a better job at satisfying your customers.
1. Reposition the Captions
No YouTube user likes to have their view or important video elements blocked by a huge block of subtitles. If you see any part of the captions covering up an important scene from the video, you must reposition it.
If you are using auto-generated subtitles for YouTube, you will require a little coding knowledge. That’s why we recommend that if positioning the captions is becoming a problem, you should opt for a third-party caption generator that will help you reposition the subtitles with a simple drag and drop method.
As for your audience, they should be able to simply change the subtitles’ positions by dragging them across the screen.
2. Check the Video Transcript
When you evaluate the efficiency of the captions and subtitles directly from the video, you tend to focus more on the visual content. However, assessing the textual content and its accuracy is also important.
Even if you have checked the subtitles before publishing them, it’d be wise to take another look by viewing the video with the transcript.
To do so, click on the video you are about to watch select the three dots in the top right corner of the screen above the video and select the “Open Transcript” option.
Remember, this option will only be visible if the captions for your video are turned on.
3. Have Auto-translate Captions in Multiple Languages
If you want to grow your viewership on YouTube, do not restrict your audience with language barriers. The best way to attract audiences of different nationalities is to auto-translate captions in various languages.
Naturally, your video should have the original caption file to avail of this benefit. Once this is taken care of, select the video from the “Subtitles” tab and add the language you want it to be translated in. Next, under the title and description, click on “Add” to enter the translated title and description.
A foreign viewer can simply click the CC button and select the translated captions instead of the default language.
4. Use Automatic Captions for Live Streaming
YouTube has come a long way in generating automatic captions and subtitles for all the video content it houses. In fact, they now also offer this benefit for live streaming.
Here is how you can turn on the caption generator for live streaming on YouTube:
- Visit your YouTube account, click on “Create” and select the “Go Live” option.
- From the menu on the left-hand side, select the “Stream” option. Under the “Stream Settings,” you will find an option called “Closed Captions.”
- Click on “Automated Captions” and select the language you want your subtitles to be in.
Since this feature is fairly new, you might face a few problems here and there. If you do not see the captions even after following the steps mentioned above, it could be because:
- This feature is only available for channels with over 1000 subscribers. So if you are yet to meet the requisite number of subscribers, you might not see the option on your channel.
- For extremely low latency, like a mobile stream, the automatic captions might not work. So make sure you maintain a typical latency while streaming to avail this benefit.
- If you are not speaking in the language covered by YouTube, you can not opt for this feature.
- The sound quality is inferior, inaudible, and challenging to understand, YouTube will not be able to interpret it.
- If you have multiple speakers on your stream and each is speaking in different languages or if the voice is overlapping, YouTube will have a hard time creating subtitles for you.
Restricting content by geographical or language barriers in today’s era is criminal for digital creators. If you want to be in the race and grow your channel, make sure you use captions to attract the audience regardless of their preferred language.
Instead of wasting your time and money hiring someone to write captions, manually adding them to your video, simply go for automated captions by YouTube. It’s faster, cheaper, and much more reliable than third-party agencies. After all, what tool can be better for a YouTube channel than the one YouTube itself offers!