How to Add Subtitles to YouTube Video

In this post, you will learn 4 basic methods to add subtitles to a YouTube video. Keep on reading and get the best for you.

Sunday August 29, 2021 5:08 PM PDT by Karen Greene

YouTube videos are coming from all around the world. Maybe you barely understand the accent from no speaking English countries. But you can get what the video talking about via its subtitles. That’s the typical reason for subtitles being. Also, clear and easy-to-learn subtitles can make the video easy to follow, doesn’t it?

So, how to add subtitles to YouTube videos? This article reveals 4 efficient methods to add subtitles to YouTube videos. Starting with the most versatile way, we have a free video editor named FilmFort, followed by YouTube’s inbuilt options.

Add Subtitles to YouTube Videos for Free

FilmForth is a free and incredibly easy-to-use video editor that can add subtitles with a dedicated text menu. On top of that, we get text animation that can both appear and disappear at your whim.

Animated texts carry a wide variety of options to choose from. Therefore, you will never run out of typography options with an extensive library of fonts, along with system support.

Step 1. Run Free Video Editor on Computer

You can directly go to Microsoft Store to download FilmForth. Click on the New Project button to create a new project for your YouTube video.

New Project on FilmForth

New Project on FilmForth

A blank project window will appear. You can import the YouTube video on which you want to add subtitles. The fastest and easiest way is through drag and drop. Drop any video into the timeline, and it will be imported in no time.

Drag and Drop the Clips to FilmForth

Drag and Drop the Clips to FilmForth

On the other hand, the traditional way to import is by using the Add Video/Photo Clips button.

Step 2. Add Subtitles using Batch Subtitles

FilmForth has a Batch Subtitle option. It offers an easy way to add subtitles while following the video timestamps. This is similar to what you want on YouTube’s very own subtitle menu.

Find the Batch Subtitles shortcut. It is located in the video timeline. Another way is through the project’s home screen, where the batch subtitles button is present.

Tap Batch Subtitles

Tap Batch Subtitles

Once inside the batch subtitles to add captions, we take things one step at a time.

First, you seek the frame from which you want to add subtitles relevant to the context. You can use the preview player to be your guide.

Then, click on the blue button which says Add from the current frame.

Finally, put the subtitles in the text box. Accompanied by start and end timestamps which determine the duration for which the subtitle will appear on the video. You can set it manually if you have the timestamps planned out.

Add Subtitles to YouTube Videos

Add Subtitles to YouTube Videos

Here you can see the Preset and Font settings. From the font menu, you can set the fonts. You can use the in-app fonts or rely on the system-installed fonts.

There are a variety of options such as alignment, strike-through, underline, amongst other things. On top of that, your text can have a shadow, black stroke, or an opaque background behind the text.

Set Subtitles' Font

Set Subtitles’ Font

Step 3. Save and Share the Video to YouTube

Now you can tap the Save Video button to export the video to your computer. Then set the video resolution, video quality, video frame rate, and watermark.  Hit the Save button to export.

Save and Set the Video

Save and Set the Video

Now you can see the Exported successfully note. You can tap the YouTube button to upload videos to the YouTube channels directly.

Share Video to YouTube

Share Video to YouTube

Video Tutorial: How to Edit YouTube Video via FilmForth

Add Captions to YouTube Video via YouTube Video Manager

If you already completed the video editing, you can directly import your video to YouTube and use YouTube’s video editor to add subtitles to the video. While uploading the video, access the subtitle menu and start adding them right away.

Step 1. While uploading video via the YouTube Studio, head to the Video Elements tab of the upload wizard. Click on the Add button, given right next to the Add Subtitles.

Tap the Add Button to Add Subtitles

Tap the Add Button to Add Subtitles

Step 2. Inside the subtitle menu, we have three ways to add subtitles to YouTube videos. Find the Type Manually option. This is similar to what we did in Batch Subtitles on FilmForth. However, it lacks advanced test options such as fonts, animations compared to the free video editor.

Manually Add Subtitles

Manually Add Subtitles

Step 3. Seek to the frame and then start typing regarding the timeframes given next to you. You can calibrate them according to your choice. You should know, to add each subtitle, click on the “+ Caption” button at the top left corner.

Add Subtitles to YouTube Video

Add Subtitles to YouTube Video

Once done, click on the Done button located in the right corner of the upload wizard. You can carry on with other formalities of uploading the YouTube video.

Upload Subtitle to Your YouTube Video

Adding subtitles to your YouTube videos becomes a walk in the park with a subtitle file. You may have created it earlier and saved it as a valid subtitle format. Here is how you add them.

Go to the same upload wizard > Video Elements > Add Subtitles > Upload File.

You can upload either With Timing, meaning with the timestamps, or Without Timing, sans the timestamps. Once uploaded, they will appear with timestamps. You can arrange them through the timeline as well. Supported basic subtitle formats: .srt, .sub, .sbv, .mpsub, .lrc, cap

Upload Subtitles to YouTube Video

Upload Subtitles to YouTube Video

Using YouTube Automatic Captioning

Adding subtitles can be a tedious task, especially when footage of several hours is involved. Take advantage of YouTube’s automatic captioning. It relies on AI to determine what is being spoken in the video and displays the captions automatically. No need to add subtitles from your side.

To increase the accuracy of the automatic captioning, we will need to set the language for the video. Here is how you do it.

Step 1. Head to the subtitles section of the YouTube studio and select the video which needs automatic captioning.

Add Subtitles to YouTube Video

Add Subtitles to YouTube Video

Step 2. Select the language from the dropdown menu and click on confirm. Your language for the video will be configured.

Add Subtitles to YouTube Video

Add Subtitles to YouTube Video

The next time a viewer enables captions, the automatic captions will be turned on. It will display subtitles to the best of its abilities.

Conclusion

YouTube studio has a decent subtitle-adding feature. However, it lacks text formatting options. You can give FilmForth a try and add subtitles in a more inclusive manner. Online tools do not possess reliability and can fail without giving a hint. Use YouTube captioning when adding subtitles is not on the itinerary.

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Karen is a professional writer with a background in column writing who enjoys resolving complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways.

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