How You Can Allow Other People to Add Captions to Your YouTube Videos

first_imgIn July 2018, I wrote about how my one tweet led to Troy Hunt’s YouTube HTTPS series getting translated into 16+ languages. I kicked off getting the series captioned by asking Hunt to enable YouTube community contributions. Once he turned contributions on, I added English captions to the first two videos. In less than a week, Hunt’s community stepped up and added translations for 16 languages for the four videos. I checked his YouTube channel today; his series has now been captioned in 20 languages!Before I told Hunt about them, he wasn’t aware YouTube had a community contributions feature. Have to say I’m not surprised, it’s not unusual for YouTube video creators to not know. What are Community Contributions?Community contributions are a crowdsourcing feature on YouTube, which allows your community to add title, description, subtitles, and closed captions to your videos. I’ve discovered over the years of captioning YouTube videos that YouTube doesn’t promote community contributions. Every week, a YouTube video creator thanks me for telling them about community contributions.Benefits of Community ContributionsOne of the main benefits of community contributions: your videos can be captioned in multiple languages. Why limit your content to people who only speak your language and can hear? Once your videos are captioned, search engines can index your content. (Search engines can’t listen or watch videos.)Which ultimately means, you expand the audience for your content. Many YouTube creators don’t have the money or sponsorship to afford adding captions themselves or having a third-party vendor add captions. Community contributions fill that need; your community submits the captions at no cost to you. There are a slew of other benefits to adding captions to your videos.How to Enable and Manage Community ContributionsNow that I’ve explained the benefits of community contributions, here are the steps to enable and manage them.Enable Community Contributions for a Specific YouTube VideoLog into your Google accountVisit YouTube StudioIn the Channel menu, select VideosSelect the video thumbnail or title for the specific videoIn the Channel menu, select Transcriptions In Community Contributions and select On for this video (if you haven’t already set the language for the video, you’ll want to do that as well)Enable Community Contributions for Your YouTube ChannelLog into your Google accountVisit YouTube StudioIn the Channel menu, select TranscriptionsSelect Community in the main navigationSelect Turn onWhat You Need to KnowCommunity contributions are an excellent option for adding title, description, subtitles, and closed captions to your videos. But there are few things you want to be aware of:The feature is not enabled by default, you need to enable it.As the owner of the video, you need to enable it for each of your videos. Or set it as the default for all the videos on your YouTube channel.You can review, edit, flag, or reject the community contributions. You can even ask the community to improve the contributions.My recommendation: always review the contributions before accepting and publishing them. You may find a few changes you’ll want to make before publishing. Wrapping UpCommunity contributions help you reach a wider audience through captions and translations, without the cost of third-party captioning services.As video author, you can enable community contributions by specific video or for your entire YouTube video channel.You make the final decision whether to add the community contributions, or not. Spread the word, tell other YouTube video authors about community contributions! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedHow Twitter Led to a YouTube Series Getting Captioned and Translated into 16+ LanguagesIt all started when I read the tweet from Troy Hunt (known for the Have I Been Pwned website) announcing his new video series on setting up HTTPS. Just flagged all the videos on as Creative Commons – enjoy!— Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) June 28, 2018 In four short…In “Accessibility”Asking Video Producers to Add CaptionsSometimes all it takes is to ask to have a video captioned. That’s what happened to me earlier this month; let me tell you my story. If you’re a longtime reader of my blog, you know I’m an avid birdwatcher. My weekends are filled with hikes in the backwoods, along…In “Accessibility”On Adding Captions to VideosWhen my friend David Brooks announced the launch of the Mr. Meaner app this weekend, I was excited to try it out. Mr. Meaner allows you to find out what laws apply in the state you’re traveling in. Use the mobile app to find out if you can use your…In “Accessibility”last_img

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