We here at ReelSEO know that video is the best medium for teaching people how to do something, and the best means of retain that knowledge. Watch this 3-minute video I created with my own narration on how simple it is to create closed captions for YouTube videos using a raw text transcript file.

Creating YouTube Captions: A Video Tutorial

Along with Jeremy Scott's recent article, I did my own how-to article on YouTube closed captions about 3 months back on ReelSEO. However what I hadn't done was a step-by-step video on the process back then.

ReelSEO's Own YouTube Closed Caption Video – With Closed Captions

Like we've said here earlier, YouTube will index the text from your plain text transcript file, and weight it for their own search results. Here's ReelSEO's Mark Robertson demonstrating his own test…

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  • Jen Knoedl

    The part of the CC that says "music" or whatever, did you write that or did YouTube add it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1247291934 Sue Haberkorn

    This would be great for selling Real Estate to foreign buyers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1138435988 Art Morehead

    Why is it that I am only seeing a "green" screen? I can hear it but can't see it.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/MattKoval Matt

    Thanks Grant. I see the importance of captions, but I'm still on the fence because most of my viewers, who can hear and understand English just fine, may not know how to turn them off... and thus be bothered by them. They sure do take up a lot of real estate. Do you know if there's a way to have them off by default?

    Here's my video where I'm using them http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8uWMBEZXrc

    Thanks again.

    • http://www.reelseo.com/author/grantastic/ Grant Crowell

      You're welcome Matt. (And good job on the captions in your own video.)

      You're right about captions taking up lots of screen real estate, and some viewers being both bothered and unaware of turning them on or off. I do wish YouTube would just have an blackened area just below the actual video footage reserved for captions, which could only appear when a caption is available. That way it serves as a reminder without interfering with the actual video presentation. The problem with the current system, as you allude to, is that it gets in the way of our video experience, and the CC button isn't as obvious to the regular user for whether to default to "on" or "off."

      So what to do? Well, if you're not purposefully customizing your own YouTube videos for the bottom 3/10th's of screen real estate to include them (and why would you really want to do that?), I would say it's actually best to have the default to "off." People who need the closed caption will be much more likely to be aware of the CC button and to check for it. So my advice to you with YouTube's current setup, is that if the majority of your audience doesn't need to have the captions (because the audio is clear and the language is very understandable to them) is to actually default the CC button to "off."

      Now go do something about that terrible bully at your school! ;-)


  • Matt

    What sort of double arrows? Like this? >>

    Thanks Grant.

    • http://www.reelseo.com/author/grantastic/ Grant Crowell

      That's exactly right, Matt. I should also say my preference is to only do that when there's more than one person in the shot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1425262473 Pam Brossman

    Great tutorials thanks for sharing I am going to try my first one today and then I will post the results to my social media and video marketing list. It would be great if you did more tutorials I know they are popular with my list I think once a week you should have reelseo tutorial of the week. Just a suggestion :)