Vimeo: Add Closed Captions and Subtitles

Note: The preferred way to add captions to your Vimeo videos is through our full end-to-end integration.  This manual procedure can be used as a fallback.”

This article shows how to add captions and subtitles to videos hosted on Vimeo.
Once your file is completed by 3Play Media, you can add captions and subtitles to your Vimeo asset.
Note that this is different from publishing a Vimeo player on a separate webpage with the 3Play Media captions plugin.

Before downloading captions from your 3Play Media account you may want to first configure WEBVTT as one of your favorite formats. Once saved as a favorite format the WEBVTT format will be one of the default format options when performing quick downloads. Please note, although WEBVTT files support caption placement, Vimeo's video player does not, meaning captions will be forced to the bottom. 

See more information on configuring your Favorite Format settings.

Follow the steps below to get started...

Step 1- Select the File

Locate the file from the My Files page that you need to download.
Click the file's name to open the file level actions menu.

Step 2- Click Quick Download icon

Quick Download favorite closed captions and transcript formats

Step 3- Download the WEBVTT file format

Select the WEBVTT format and the file will begin downloading to your computer.

Download webVTT captions for Vimeo

For downloading more than one file or a file that has also been translated, a batch download is required.

See more information on batch downloading multiple files in one or many formats and/or a single file along with associated translations.

Step 4- Log into Vimeo

After downloading your WEBVTT files, log into your Vimeo account.

Vimeo login captions subtitles upload

Step 5- Click on All Videos

After logging into Vimeo, click on All videos located on the left side of the page.

Vimeo UI Videos tab select videos to add captions subtitles

Next, click the video you want to add captions to.

Step 6- Click on Distribution

On the left side of the screen, clicking Distribution opens up the options for captions and subtitles.

Vimeo settings captions subtitles upload

Step 7- Add the WebVTT Caption File

Click on the Plus Sign (+).

Then select the Language and Type.  For Captions, choose the language that the source media's speech is in and for files that are translations of the source, select Subtitles.

If you have also downloaded subtitles in addition to your English captionsrepeat this step until all captions and subtitles you want to associate with this video have been added.

Step 8- Turn On Captions

Click the Blue Slider to activate the captions and whichever subtitles you want to be activated.


Click the highlighted button for change any settings needed with the caption and subtitle files

See more information regarding translation services available directly from your 3Play Media account.

Step 9- Click Save Changes

Once the captions and subtitles are added, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Save Changes.

Save Captions Subtitles to Vimeo video

Step 10- Preview Captions and Subtitles

Once your captions and subtitles are saved, on the right you will see the preview of your video, and clicking on the CC button, in the bottom right-hand side corner of the Vimeo player, will turn the captions and subtitles on.

Closed captions subtitles Vimeo video Vimeo Player

If subtitles were uploaded in addition to a caption file, a menu with all available languages will appear when the CC button is clicked.

Closed Captions Subtitles for Vimeo


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