How to add subtitles to YouTube Videos

YouTube offers the ability to create subtitles for videos automatically from your PC or Mac computer. You can download auto-generated subtitles and transfer them into Subtitled Pro – Subtitle Editor on your Android device. Use Subtitled Pro to cleanup the auto-generated transcriptions. Re-align the text. Add punctuation. All the work required to achieve professional-quality subtitles. Then, export your subtitles back to your desktop computer and upload them back into YouTube.

Step 1: Download the transcription from your existing YouTube Video

First, you’ll need to load the YouTube video manager app using a desktop browser. Navigate to the YouTube Video Manager app.

From there, you’ll be able to select the video you want download the subtitles for. Click on the title of the video to load the video details page.

From the video details page (where you can edit the title and description of the video), you’ll see a link on the left to “Transcriptions”. Click this link to load the list of transcriptions for your video.

Find the transcription you’d like to download. If you’re looking to tidy up YouTube’s automatic video transcriptions, look for the transcription with the title that includes the text (Automatic).

In the last column, you’ll see the heading Subtitles. In most cases, the value for this column will be Published. Click on the text Published to launch the YouTube Subtitle Editor.

This should take you to a page called View published subtitles and CC. Here you’ll see a dropdown menu called Actions.

Click the menu and choose either SBV or SRT format. Subtitled Pro supports both of these formats.

This should trigger the download of a file called or captions.sbv to your computer. That file contains all the subtitles for your video.

Step 2: Transfer your subtitle file to your mobile phone

You may transfer this file to your Android phone many ways. Some users prefer to email the SRT or SBV file to themselves. If you use a file synchronization service like Dropbox, you can upload the file and create a link to download the file on your mobile device. You may also have success with Bluetooth file transfers.

Step 3: Load your subtitles into Subtitled Pro – Subtitle Editor

From within Subtitled Pro, you can easily import any SRT or SBV file you have on your device.

To add the file, you can open the file on your mobile device using Subtitled Pro. You may also choose to add a new video first. From within the timeline editor, you can select the three-dot menu and select Import subtitles from file…. From there, you’ll be able to apply the subtitles to the timeline editor and edit them to your hearts content. Subtitled Pro makes it easy to edit subtitles imported from SRT and SBV files.

Step 4: Export the subtitles to an SRT or SBV file

When you’ve finished editing your subtitles, you can select the three-dot menu and choose the Export subtitles option. This option will allow you to choose whether or not you want to automatically convert your subtitles into multi-line format. SBV and SRT files support multi-line subtitles. Using this format allows the audience to view each line for a longer period of time. It also reduces the amount of visual interruption caused by constantly-changing subtitles.

From there, you can export your file via whatever means you like. Email it. Sync with Dropbox. Whatever matches the way you use your device.

Step 5: Import the update subtitle file back to YouTube

Much like you did in Step 1, this is the reverse. So, follow the same steps as Step 1, but instead of downloading subtitles, you’ll instead choose to update the existing ones. Follow the steps from Step 1, but when you get to the Actions menu, choose the Upload a file option. Select the SRT or SBV file transferred from your device in Step 4. Once you’ve uploaded the file, you’ll see the preview of the newly updated subtitles. If you’re happy with what you see, click the Publish edits button in the top right corner. Bish, bash, bosh. You’ve done it.

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