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Transcribing your video for the website

How to transcribe your video so that it is accessible to everyone.

Creating subtitles in YouTube

The quickest and easiest way to transcribe your video is in YouTube. Once you have uploaded your video you can click on the menu button labelled Subtitles/CC and create new subtitles. You can choose to either import existing subtitles created by third-party transcription services or to create new subtitles.

YouTube will analyse your video and generate subtitles automatically. You should make sure the subtitles generated are accurate as they often contain mistakes and require editing. Once you have checked and edited the subtitles you can save your video. You can also export the subtitles as a .sbv file (this is the file type used by YouTube videos to display subtitles or closed captions).

If you want to upload this file onto other video hosting platforms, you may need to convert it to a different file type. You can do this using online applications such as Subtitle Converter or Captions Converter.

Using third-party transcription services

If you don’t already have captions or subtitles for your video, you can buy them from external suppliers such as:

It is important to know which file formats are supported by the channels you're uploading your video to.

Vimeo supports these captions and subtitles file formats: SRT, WebVTT, DFXP/TTML, SCC, and SAMI files.

YouTube supports these captions and subtitles file formats: SRT, SBV, MPSUB, LRC, CAP.