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Thursday, August 28, 2008

YouTube Captions Feature

Google-owned YouTube announced they now allow you to upload subtitles for your videos. These will display in the video if the user expands the menu at the bottom right of the player to enable the captions, as in this CNet video. The supported formats for captions are Subviewer and Subrip (*.sub/ *.srt). To upload such a definition, visit your video’s edit page (accessible via Account -> My Videos) and switch to the Captions entry on top. For each video, you can also upload captions in several languages.

It’s an important feature, but YouTube’s tools are often not the most innovative; in this case, an additional web-based captions editor from YouTube is missing. YouTube suggests a couple of caption editing programs on their help page. Captions don’t seem to work with embedding yet.

[Via Ionut!]


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