How to Add Closed Captions to Facebook Videos

Now that Facebook users are watching 1 billion videos on the site every day, any opportunity to make that video content accessible to all users is a very welcome thing. The feature has been in place on YouTube and Vimeo for years, and finally, Facebook has added the functionality to upload closed captions to videos published to its site (if you are in the U.S.).

Closed captions, or subtitles, add a text overlay to the video to allow viewers with hearing difficulties to understand the context of the clip they are watching. Closed captions can help with all types of accessibility issues with a recent study confirming that 80% of viewers who choose to turn on captioning are not hard of hearing and have the captions on by default, or use them when watching videos in a noisy environment. The feature is currently enabled for Facebook users in the U.S. at the moment, and doesn’t extend to mobile devices, as yet.

How to Add Closed Caption Functionality to Facebook Videos

Facebook has confirmed that U.S. users can add closed captions to a video by doing the following:

Adding Closed Captions to a Facebook Video on Upload

Adding Closed Captions to a Facebook Video After Upload

How to Create a SubRip File for Subtitles

SubRip or SRT files are supported by a variety of media players and can be created very easily using a standard text editor like “Notepad++” or TextEdit for Mac OS.

1
00:00:10,000 --> 00:00:15,000
Somewhere over the
Press Enter, and then "2" (without the quotes) to get:
2
00:00:15,001 --> 00:00:18,001
rainbow, bluebirds fly
Press Enter, and then "3" (without the quotes) to get:
3
00:00:18,002 --> 00:00:22,002
And the dreams that you dreamed of

Hat Tip to CaptionAction2 for letting us know about the new feature.