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While using a 3rd party captioning service certainly makes the captioning and transcription process easier for video producers, sometimes it is not a plausible solution (mainly due to cost). People often ask if there is a "free" way to caption their videos. If you want accurate captions, usually the only free way to get them is to do it yourself.

What you'll learn:

  • Creating closed captions for YouTube videos
  • DIY captioning workflow for other video platforms
  • Captioning guides

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DIY Captioning: Creating Closed Captions for YouTube Videos

If your videos are hosted on YouTube, there are a number of ways to create your own captions directly in the YouTube editing interface. You can leveraging YouTube’s offerings in three ways:

Download and Edit YouTube’s Automatic Captions

YouTube’s automatic video transcript and captions are a great starting point, but they are far too inaccurate to be used on their own. Automatic captions produce copious errors that hurt video accessibility — and can be embarrassing. YouTube and Google will not index the automatic captions, and so you miss out on the video SEO benefits of quality captions.

DIY Captioning: In-House Captioning Workflow for Other Video Platforms

If your videos are not on YouTube, there are many tools that can make the in-house transcription and captioning process easier. Keep in mind that video platforms require different caption file formats – we’ll show you how to create the right format in Step 3.

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