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Create captions with YouTubes autocaption tool

Today I'm going to show you how to use the autocaption device in YouTube.

I've already uploaded my video, and I'm in the video manager.

And this "Adobe Connect use case" video is the one that I'm going to look at, and this is just a test video that I've uploaded.

I'm going to click on the Edit drop-down to go to the subtitles and CC section.

And as you can see in the new subtitle section there is a published "English automatic".

This is the caption file that YouTube automatically created when I uploaded the video.

And it may take some time to create this so if you don't see it, give it some time and come back.

I want to look at this automatic caption file to see how accurate it is and to edit any strange grammatical errors or anything like that.

So in order to do that I'm going to click on the file, and it takes me to the edit page.

And here I have the video where I can play it, and underneath the video I can see the caption and the time stamp for the captions.

And I can play the video and see the captions throughout.

Over on the left I have the caption text and the time stamp for each caption, and I can edit these captions.

So I want to click on edit.

And now, as you see, I can edit these captions.

So I can capitalize the first letters and I can add punctuation.

You do want proper grammatical punctuation in your captions.

And I can play the video and edit as I go.

I find it really helpful to have the pause video while typing box checked, and that way as soon as I start typing the video automatically pauses.

You'll find that the captions aren't bad.

There are definitely places where you need to fix them but it's certainly better than recreating the entire caption from scratch.

You can edit the time stamps for the captions as well as the text.

The easiest way to do that is to click on the caption section underneath the video and just drag it to where you want it to go.

For example, if I want this caption to display earlier or later in the video I can just grab an end and drag it.

And so now this caption will start at timestamp 3:19 and it will end at 3:22.

So it's really easy to adjust what caption is displayed on the video.

You want the caption to align with what the spoken word is, but it's also sometimes helpful to make sure you have complete phrases on the screen.

Try and align your captions to the spoken audio so that the captions cover a complete thought or a complete phrase.

If you can help it, you don't want your captions to break one word before a comma, for example, or in the middle of an important sentence.

But you don't need to fuss with that too much.

As long as the captions display the audio that's heard, you're great.

Once you're done editing your caption file you want to save your changes.

And this will take you back to the caption page.

And now you see you have two published caption files.

We only want one published caption file, so you're going to delete the old one.

Click on the original "English automatic" and unpublish it.

And then you can delete the draft if you want to.

It's totally up to you as to whether or not you're deleting the draft.

As long as it's unpublished, it's not available; just make sure you're unpublishing and deleting the correct version.

And now you have your proper edited caption file for your subtitles.