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. 

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 Videos

 After logging into Vimeo, click on Videos located at the top of the page.

Vimeo UI Videos tab select videos to add captions subtitles

Step 6- Click Video Settings icon

Locate the video associated with the captions and subtitles downloaded in step 5.
Click on the Settings icon located in the top, right-hand corner of the video's thumbnail.

Vimeo settings captions subtitles upload

Step 7- Click the Advanced tab

From the Video Settings page, click on the Advanced tab.

Step 8- Click Choose a Caption file to Upload

Locate the section Add Captions & Subtitles.
Next click Choose a Caption file to Upload.


Step 9- Select the WEBVTT Caption file

Select the WEBVTT caption file you downloaded in step 3.
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 10- Set Language and Type

Once the WEBVTT files have been associated with the video, set the Language and Type for each WEBVTT file.
If you are submitting a caption file in English, for Language select English and for Type select Captions.

Add Captions to Vimeo

Vimeo supports Subtitles in other languages in addition to closed captions.
If you are uploading Subtitles, select the language that the subtitles file is in and for Type select Subtitles.

Add Subtitles to Vimeo

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


Step 11- 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 12- Preview Captions and Subtitles

Once your captions and subtitles are saved, click Return to Video
When the video is previewed a CC button should now be available in the bottom, right-hand side corner of the Vimeo player.

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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