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YouTube Videos Captions

Google has added subtitles or captions feature to their video service YouTube to make videos accessible to a wider audience by allowing folks who can not otherwise understand the audio track to follow along, especially those who are hard-of-hearing or speak other languages. Captions are in the same language as the video’s audio track. Subtitles are in a different language, explains YouTube’s help center.

You can now upload subtitles for your videos. These will display in the video if the user expands the menu at the bottom right of the player to enable the captions. YouTube supports two formats: SubViewer (*.SUB) and SubRip (*.SRT). “To add several captions to a video, simply upload multiple files. If you want to include foreign subtitles in multiple languages, upload a separate file for each language. There are over 120 languages to choose from and you can add any title you want for each caption. If a video includes captions, you can activate them by clicking the menu button located on the bottom right of the video player.”

To turn off captions or select a different language, mouse over the small arrow button. You can either click on the “CC” option to deactivate the caption or select one of the other languages, if they are available. Embedded videos won’t show the captions, at least for now.

YouTube Blog mentions some examples of videos that already use captions: a clip from Top Gear, a Japanese animation and a Physics lecture from MIT.

Source:→ Google System

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