Thursday, 28 August 2008

New Captions Feature For Videos

Here at YouTube, we're always trying to find new ways to enrich your viewing experience and to help video creators reach a wider audience. As part of this goal, we've added a new captioning feature which allows you to give viewers a deeper understanding of your video. Captions can help people who would not otherwise understand the audio track to follow along, especially those who speak other languages or who are deaf and hard of hearing.



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. There are over 120 languages to choose from and you can add any title you want for each caption. If a video includes captions, you can activate them by clicking the menu button located on the bottom right of the video player. Clicking this button will also allow viewers to choose which captions they want to see.



Some of our partners have already started using captions to offer you a better understanding of their videos (even with the audio turned off):



- BBC Worldwide: captions are provided in five different languages on this clip from Top Gear.

- CNET: tech product reviews from CNET's Crave blog.

- UC Berkeley: footage from the Opencast Project Open House.

- MIT: full lectures on subjects like Physics.

- Gonzodoga: English subtitles on this awesome Japanese animation.



We hope captions will serve to tighten the YouTube community by bringing together international users from different cultures.


We're excited to see what kinds of fun and creative uses for captions you'll be coming up with for your videos!


For more information about how to use captions, visit this page.

The YouTube Team

16 comments:

Jeboyzdragz said...

Nice

fboliv said...

I see no captions at all. Any reason? I'm on Firefox on a mac, accessing youtube from Portugal.

jschieb said...

@fboliv: you need to click on the logo in the down right corner, than the cc menu appears and you can choose the language.

mvasc said...

At last..

mvasc said...

At last..

xin0 said...

nice to have more features, but please enough re-designing the layout:/

anakin1814 said...

There's a bug in your subscription page. When you click on "My Subscriptions" it doesn't have the channel name listed. It only has the video icon, time, and name of the video. Please change this back - stop fixing what isn't broken and please fix what is broken!

phoeniciansailor said...

When doing an Advanced Search for videos, is there any chance we may someday be able to filter the results for just videos with captions? That would be extremely helpful.

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