Captions Coming to YouTube

Filed as Features on September 1, 2008 7:58 am

Great news for video publishers that want to expand their possible viewership on YourTube videos, now you can add captions to your videos. From the official blog:

You can add captions to one of your videos by uploading a closed caption file using the “Captions and Subtitles” menu on the editing page. 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.

BBC, CNET, MIT, and Japanese anime publisher Gonzodoga are among the partners mentioned in said blog post.

See it in action yourself, just click the menu button in the bottom right corner to turn captioning on.

Very cool.

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  1. By Ventibate posted on September 1, 2008 at 3:28 pm
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    Maybe I’m missing something but I don’t see “captions” I see “closed captions” which are annoying as hell to anyone unless they’re watching a video with the sound off or they’re deaf.

    Also, I had to actually turn CC on and since I was actually looking for it and it took me a while to figure out where the heck the captions were, how many average YouTube users will ever find it or bother to turn it on anyway.

    I guess if you want to translate your videos into another language it might be slightly useful but other than that, I really don’t see how this is a big deal for those of us that make our own videos and post them to YouTube for promotional purposes.

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  2. By power anime posted on September 3, 2008 at 6:05 am
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    thanks for good news, I just there are a couple of spots

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  3. By YouTube Gamer posted on October 27, 2008 at 12:16 am
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    I’m surprised more users aren’t taking advantage of this feature. I’ve hardly heard anything about it.

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