Wednesday, April 18, 2018

YouTube: How to see your videos transcript as well as force closed captioning to be played for users

So... this post falls under the "Why didn't I do this before?" as well as "Better late than never!" categories. Adding closed captioning to your videos has numerous benefits including:
  • makes your post available to more users
  • Captions let viewers watch your video in more places
    • According to a study by the United Kingdom’s Ofcom, 80% of people who watch video with closed captions on are not deaf or hard of hearing. One major reason why people use captions is due to their environment.
  • Boosts views as well

If you would like to have your YouTube videos to include closed captioning here are the steps:
  • enter into your video manager and select Subtitles/CC
  • set your language
  • select language (English in my example)
  • select Edit
  • check the transcript (edit where necessary)
  • publish edits
  • go back to Info / Settings
  • in the tags field enter in the proper tags to go along with your video to make it available as well as one major tip
    • yt:cc=on this will force closed captioning for all users when they select your video
Embedded below is a 2 minute and 3 second YouTube tutorial (with captions)!



Take care,
Brad