YouTube: Manually Add Captions to YouTube

Note:  If you want to add captions/subtitles to your YouTube video, you must own the rights to the video.  The video must be on your channel, not someone else's.

Step 1- Select the File

Once logged into 3Play Media you will be directed to the My Files page. Click the file's name to open the file show page.

Select transcript

Step 2- Click Download

Click the Download button on the file show page.

Step 3- Download the SRT format

Click SRT from the Web Caption Formats section.
Once clicked, the file will download in the SRT caption format.

Please note vertical caption placement is not supported by the SRT format. If caption placement was ordered for the file, instead of SRT, download the file in the webVTT format as webVTT does support caption placement and is also accepted by YouTube.

Click here to learn about closed caption formats supported by YouTube

Step 4- Open YouTube Studio

YouTube logo for adding subtitles translations to videos

Sign into your YouTube account, then expand the top-right menu and click YouTube Studio.

Important Note:  YouTube Studio is the new version of Creator Studio, but your YouTube account may not have received this update yet.  If YouTube Studio is not a menu option, click here for Creator Studio instructions.

Menu options

Step 5- Navigate to Videos

Select the Videos tab from the lefthand menu.  Click the video to which you would like to add captions to bring up its Details page.

Video menu

Step 6- Select Video Language

Under More Options, select a language for your video if you have not done so already.

Language options

Step 7- Upload Subtitles/CCs

Click Upload Subtitles/CC, then select With timing and click Continue.  Choose the .SRT file when prompted.  Click Save.

Upload subtitles button




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