Tools for YouTube Closed Captions, Subtitles and Translations

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Web-Based Tools for YouTube Captions

DotSub– Any video any language is the motto of this place. No fee, video subtitling site and service in a ‘wiki’ style. You can view, upload, transcribe and translate all right through the site.

CaptionTube – Gives the ability to add closed captions to videos, manually. Then you can export the captions and upload them to YouTube.

Subtitle Horse – Subtitle Horse is an online subtitle/captions editor. Translate flv/mp4 files and get the subtitle-code in different formats, such as Timed Text or SRT. A Timed Text file (which is supported by the JW FLV Player and Adobe FLVPlayback component) can be generated online.

Easy YouTube caption creator – Designed to make it very simple to create a caption text file (.sub format) that you can then add to YouTube video files that you have uploaded. Really just a wizard to walk you through the process.

Overstream – Uses ‘patent-pending overstream technology” heralds the arrival of a new type of video-related net community (makes me chuckle). Add personal commentaries and captions to existing video streams, augment video streams with subtitles in any language, create custom video post cards

vSync Bookmarklet – Also requires a transcript file and will then sync it to your already uploaded YouTube video

YouTube Subtitler – This site hosts user contributed subtitles which can be used for closed captions for the hearing impaired as well as translations for foreign viewers.  Additionally, you can add your own subtitles.

Downloadable Tools for YouTube Captions

MAGpie – Available for Windows and Mac, free. Backed by the University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers!)

Subtitle Workshop – This is what Chris uses when he needs to do it.the most complete, efficient and convenient freeware subtitle editing tool. It supports all the subtitle formats you need and has all the features you would want from a subtitle editing program. Simply put…it’s awesome and you don’t have to upload the video to a service.

World Caption – (More Wisconsin!) This time for Macs and for quicktime compatible video. Requires a transcript of the video.

CapScribe – Open Source software that allows you to quickly and easily add captions and description to your videos, making them accessible to a larger community of users.

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How to Force YouTube Closed Captions

If you want to link to a YouTube video that has closed captions enabled, you can send viewers directly to the version with closed captions already appearing by default by adding “&cc_load_policy=1” to the end of the url string.  For example –

If you want to force closed captions to appear on videos from YouTube that are embedded elsewhere, you can simply add the following to the embed codes:


Search For YouTube Videos with Closed Captions

You can search for videos with captions by choosing Type: Closed Captions in YouTube’s Search box.


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