How to Add Automatic Closed Captions to your Videos
Video creators, rejoice! It’s now possible to generate automatic closed caption files for your videos via Temi. Closed captions, also commonly referred to as subtitles, are an important tool for anyone creating videos. Whether you are a professional filmmaker producing content for film and TV or a business looking to create video ads for a marketing campaign, it’s critical to supplement your video content with captions.
Why Are Closed Captions so Important?
Captions play a key role in improving the lives of millions of people, particularly:
- Accessibility for the estimated 466 million people with disabling hearing loss
- The ability to enjoy content in other languages for non-native English speakers
- And let’s not forget the growing number of people who simply prefer watch video without sound or with captions turned on
Including closed captions will ensure that you maximize the number of viewers who can access and comprehend all aspects of your content.
How Can I Use Temi to Caption Videos?
With Temi, you can produce automatic closed caption files for your videos in minutes to open up your content to a larger audience. Here are the quick and easy steps:
- Upload video file to Temi
- Polish your video transcript in the Temi Editor*
- Download the transcript as either an SRT or VTT
- Upload the SRT or VTT file to your video player of choice (e.g. Facebook, YouTube)
- Now your video is captioned, accessible, and ready for everyone to enjoy!
*Further editing in video editing software, such as Adobe Premiere Pro, may be needed to ensure the captions are properly synced with your video and that the caption breaks are optimal.
Which Caption Format Is Right for My Video?
Temi gives you the flexibility to choose between two commonly used caption file formats, SubRip Text (SRT) and WebVTT (VTT).
SRT files are the most common caption file format used by online video players like Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo. They are text files that contain video caption information, such as the start and end timecodes of the text and the sequential number of caption groups. They can be opened and edited in any text editor.
VTT files are similar but have more functionality than SRT files. WebVTT files can store metadata notes and also support text formatting, including font and color. If your captions projects require these features, the VTT format may be more suitable for you.
For more specific information about which caption file formats you can upload to video platforms like YouTube and Vimeo, check out our in-depth guide.
We would love to hear your feedback about Temi’s brand new automated captions offering – feel free to comment below or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts.