What is Closed Captions on YouTube [ How-to Procedure + Benefits]

6,500 languages are being spoken around the world. But an average person can learn about 6 different languages. However, exceptions are always there.

YouTube has users all around the world with different language backgrounds. On the other hand, there are content providers all around the world. It means not ALL of us can understand their language. So, here comes in a feature, called Closed Captioning on YouTube videos.

You must be familiar with this feature, but you have to understand it more in-depth. You should know what closed captions on YouTube are and how you can add them to make your content easily digestible.

So, it’s better to create your own.

Excited to know how? Cool, let’s get started!

What are closed captions on youtube?

Closed captions are a feature on YouTube used to show text overlays on the video, also known as subtitles. It’s a textual form of the video’s audio.

This feature is very helpful for non-bilingual speakers, deaf, or hard of hearing viewers.

You can activate the caption by clicking on the “CC” icon appearing on the screen. Although, you can also activate it for all videos from “Settings.”

Usually, non-native speakers use this feature to learn the English language. And it helps many viewers to understand the accent and conversational English. But auto-generated subtitles sometimes are not exactly the same.

Through caption, viewers can easily understand the content. They can understand through captions if it’s hard to understand because of the accent.

So, For providing the best user experience, upload the captions on every video.

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How to upload captions on YouTube videos?

Adding the captions in the videos is quite easy. Captions can help you generate the desired results. There are some benefits you can’t neglect (we’ll discuss later here). Although, there’s a process to add the closed captions in the video.

So, understand it to provide your viewers with the BEST. Here is what you should do!

  1. Go to YouTube and click on your channel.
  2. Click on YouTube Studio.
  3. A channel dashboard will appear in front of you.
  4. Then click on the Create button. Here you’ll have to add the video in which you want to add closed captions.
  5. After uploading a video, add the necessary details to make your video easily appearable for the search results (add metadata and video elements).
  6. Step by step, you’ll reach the Language, subtitles, and closed captions (CC).”
  7. In this section, select the video language.
  8. YouTube can also show auto-generated captions, but it’s recommended to add it yourself.
  9. Also, you have two options; you can either edit the captions on Classic Studio or add them from the UPLOAD SUBTITLES/CC option.

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Benefits of adding Closed Caption on YouTube

If you’ll create ease for your viewers/subscribers, then they’ll stick to your channel. You can try both ways to add the closed captions. Don’t rely on YouTube to do it for you.

Sometimes, auto-generated captions don’t exactly match with the content. It may also leave a bad impression and it will be hard for viewers to understand what you’re talking about.

So, add the captions yourself on your YouTube videos.

However, there’re many benefits of adding subtitles in the videos. If you’d know these, you’ll never neglect it.

You can add the subtitles/closed captions with proper punctuations and spellings. Your viewers will view the captions with synchronized audio.

  • increases the user-engagement
  • increases views on videos
  • better user experience
  • makes the content easily digestible
  • increases watch time on videos
  • proper punctuation
  • almost NO chances of errors (except the human error)

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So, now you’d be familiar with the process of adding the closed caption on YouTube videos.

It takes little effort but it provides BEST experience to the viewers. It will save time in interpreting the content. They can easily take notes of educational content. You can also add some slides in the videos that will have a double impact.

Have you ever tried adding the subtitles? Or, do you rely on auto-generated closed captions?