Closed Captions on YouTube

YouTube Closed Captions

Creating captions on your YouTube channel is extremely beneficial. It enables your information to be accessible to a greater audience. Having captions enabled on your YouTube channel will mean that your video will be the result of searches more often. However, only caption tracks that have been uploaded are searchable in those languages.

How to Set Captions by Default

If you would like captions to appear automatically when someone views your video it is as simple as typing in: ‘yt:cc=on’ in the ‘tags’ box. A diagram is provided below.

You can watch the full YouTube video here.

How to Find Your 'Tags' Box

In order to find your ‘tags’ section: Go to video manager - uploads then click on the edit drop down box and select Info and Settings.

Note: Enabling this setting will ensure that when someone views your video, the captions will automatically appear. However, viewers still have the option to turn the captions off.

Is it possible to set captions on by default for Portuguese but off for English?

By entering the yt:cc=on code in the tags section it will automatically bring up the English captions when viewed. However, it may be possible that if you were to do the Portuguese track before the English track (so the English track will be under the Portuguese track) then the captions will automatically appear in Portuguese. A viewer of non Portuguese speaking background will have to manually go to the ‘cc’ button to turn captions off or change it back to English.

Can you have multiple languages for each video?

YES! It is possible to have multiple languages for one video; it would just involve the viewer manually changing them to suit their own language. In the diagram below, when the viewer presses the ‘cc’ button they will see the Translate Captions box. Here, all of the languages that we have created will appear. It is a matter of the viewer selecting the one that is most applicable to them.

How to Create Multiple Languages for Each Video

In order to create a new language track (assuming you have already completed the English captions) you will need to go to video manager and then uploads. On the right had side you will see a drop down box + add a new track then select request translation.

You will then arrive at the below screen:

The above screen basically gives you the English captions that you want to have translated and provides you with the option to select a language that you would like to create a new track for. In this instance, I have chosen Portuguese. Then press next.

You will then arrive at this screen:


What this screen is essentially trying to do is to get you to pay for your translation so that another party can do it for you at a cost. The best option is to just press the ‘no thanks’ button. The next screen will look like this:

Tick the box and select order translations. Once you have done this you will see this screen:

This screen allows you to see the English track previously created and an edit box below each sentence. Copy and paste each sentence one by one into Google Translate and then copy and paste the sentence from Google Translate in the appropriate edit box. Your translations will be saving automatically as you go along.

Google Translate

In order to make your translations you need to go to Google Translate NOTE: Please make sure you are still logged on to the YouTube account. You will now come across this screen:

To enable the translation to occur in Google Translate you will need to select English in the box on the left and the desired language you wish to convert to on the right. As you start typing the translation will automatically appear on the right hand side of the screen. If you press the Translator Toolkit at the bottom of the screen once you have finished the entire translation you will be able to see the number of tracks you have made. In the screen below in the download option will give you a copy of the translation you have made. I think that this may be useful if you consider doing blogs in other languages. After you have finished entering all of the translations then press the Publish to YouTube button at the top right hand side of the screen. This will ensure that your caption track has been added to your video. Then view your video as if you were the viewer (you can open a new YouTube window or log off).

You now have the option of viewing your videos with Portuguese captions!