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Creating and adding your own captions

This week on DeliBytes, David shows us how easy it is in creating and adding your own captions.

Check out the video above or on YouTube and if you like it, share it! We also summarised the tips below, have a read if you don’t have time to watch.

As an entitled millennial like sometimes get quite frustrated when I’m watching a video online and it has subtitles embedded into the video that I’m not able to turn off.

The process of creating subtitles and embedding them into a video file is actually quite a long laborious and expensive process so the standard these days is to create an SRT file which is a file which allows you to upload that to the video platform itself so within the video player you can turn captions on or off.

A lot of people don’t know that to create an SRT file is actually a very, very simple process and requires no fancy software at all just the kind of standard stuff you’ll have an your computer at home.

Today I’m gonna run you through how to create one and then how to upload it to most of the major video platforms.

To create an SRT file all you need is just basic text editing software like TextEdit or notepad which you’ll find standard on any computer then to create the file all you need to do is just copy in a transcript of what is said in the video and then the exact time codes when you would like each segment to begin and end.

And then just go through and add that to the entire document there are places that can do these transcriptions for you which do save a bit of time but if you are looking save money or taste is a little bit of elbow grease to put this together then when you go to save the file all you’d need to do is save it as an SRT file just by changing the file type at the end there.

Now once we have our SRT file where you can go into for example here in YouTube and we will click on the subtitle slash closed captions options and choose to upload a file all you need to do is upload your SRT file and YouTube will take it from there.

Once it’s uploaded you can then double check that everything is where it needs to be and if you’re happy with that hit publish then all that’s left to do is turn on closed captioning and double check that you’re happy with how everything’s turned out otherwise you’re all good to go!