Whether you’re an educator making an eLearning video, a content creator working on their next piece, or a business marketer, transcribing videos to text is a valuable step to take.
You can leverage transcriptions to create blog posts, social media posts, and more. Not to mention, those who learn better with written content appreciate the transcriptions.
But another important thing you can do with transcriptions is added them to the video in the form of captions and subtitles. This boosts the accessibility of your video, allows people from all over to enjoy your content, and improves your video’s search engine performance as well. If you want your content to show up in Google searches or popular search engines, them it must be accessible.
How do you add video transcription to the video?
Keep reading to find out.
Before worrying about how to add captions to your YouTube video, Facebook video, or other video content, you should know how to get the transcription.
While you could manually transcribe the video or hire a person, the best solution is an online transcriber. This way, you won't have to worry about background noises or lengthy transcription processes.
With Maestra’s simple cloud-based software, you can automatically convert video to text. Upload a file of your video, simply click transcribe, and get your video transcription within minutes. It’s a fast, easy, and cost-effective way to transcribe your videos.
From there, you can use the transcription in several ways, including for video captions.
If your video content is for YouTube, there are a couple of ways you can add the transcript.
YouTube has an automatic caption generator. This generator uses speech recognition algorithms to identify the words being said. You can turn it on by:
While this strategy is pretty simple, it’s not very accurate. The algorithm does not use the most advanced AI, so it tends to make a lot of mistakes. Also, it won’t transcribe sound effects, which means the captions aren’t the most useful for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Once you’ve generated your transcription on Maestra, you can upload this to YouTube. Here’s how:
Another option that you can do before you upload your video is to add the transcription yourself in your editing software. Using a simple video editor, you can add text to the screen. Input your transcription manually as open captions throughout the video. You’ll need to match up the words with the video on your own for this.
The good news is that this method is free. Just use the video editor you already have and put the words in. However, this takes a VERY long time and is prone to a lot of error. Additionally, you won’t be able to add closed captions or subtitles in multiple languages this way, only open captions in one language.
You could also enter the transcription into the video description, or include a link to a the transcription document. This is one way to make sure viewers have access to the transcription and can use that for comprehension, notes, etc.
The major downside is that it’s very difficult to read the transcription and watch the video. Therefore, this option typically is not very helpful for those who are hearing impaired, and thus won’t improve video accessibility.
If you don’t have a YouTube video, then a lot of the methods for adding transcripts to the video are difficult. But there is one solution out there that streamlines the process.
Maestra’s Auto Subtitle Generator is the easiest and fastest way to add subtitles to your video. Using our software solution, you can generate and add subtitles in over 80 languages. This makes it easier to add foreign languages and ensures you can reach a larger audience of viewers.
With Maestra, adding subtitles is fast and easy. Here’s how it works:
See just how easy it is to add captions to your videos! Enjoy a free trial of video captioning, transcription, or dubbing. Sign up for free or schedule your free demo to learn more.