As I wrote in my post on the web project known as Universal Subtitles, adding captions to your videos has many advantages, not least of which is making them accessible to a wider audience. As you might imagine, Universal Subtitles is not the only web project aimed at making it easier to add captions to videos.
Late last year, for example, Google announced an automatic captioning system on YouTube. (Here’s a demo video to watch.) As with most applications that rely upon machine-based speech recognition, the results can vary widely and depend in large part upon the clarity and quality of the recorded voice. However, I do recommend you give it a try to see if it works for you.
More recently, a new YouTube tool appeared. As CaptionTube’s help page explains, it’s “a utility for adding closed captions to YouTube videos. After you import a video, you play the video and add captions as needed. When you are done, you export the captions and then upload to YouTube.” You could, of course, use a simple text editor to do the exact same thing, but “CaptionTube provides improved precision with a scaleable timeline. You can also make changes to captions and preview them immediately. It also allows you to create multiple language tracks.” In my experiments with CaptionTube, I found it to be a user-friendly interface that makes it pretty easy to caption a YouTube video.
Creating captions With CaptionTube
Here’s an official CaptionTube video explaining some of the basics:
I’ve created a screenshot of the interface with a few different elements highlighted. You might also be interested in the “Getting Started” video as well as the one that explains “Exporting Captions.”
How about you?
Do you have experience using CaptionTube? How does it compare to other captioning tools you’ve used? Let’s hear from you in the comments!