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How To Translate Your Youtube Videos

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Welcome to's video cast. If you enjoy these videos, please support them by subscribing or commenting. In this video, I'm going to go over how to add captions or subtitles to your Youtube videos... ...and how to translate them so that people can enjoy them from anywhere. To do this, first find a video that you want to add captions to or translate. I'm just going to go to the list of videos that I've uploaded and once I find one I'm going to click the edit button. Then go to "Captions and Subtitles" at the top. You will see it has a browse button so that you can upload subtitles, but most people don't have those so we will need to create some. You can do this one way by using "Media Subtitler", which I have covered before in the link below. It's a free program. Otherwise, you can sign up for a free account at, which allows you to upload videos and add subtitles to them over the internet. I signed up for a free account and I'm adding a new video. I put in all the information, selected my video, and clicked save to upload it. When it is through uploading, select the video and under the translate and transcribe options, click "Transcribe Video". It will take you to this page where you can play the video and add transcriptions to the video as you are playing it. This is the first six seconds of the video. This is what I said. I am going to type it out and change the time to six seconds. Then click the green plus sign to add it. I am going to continue that until I have a transcription for the whole video. Once I have the last of it, I am going to scroll down to the bottom and select "Mark this transcription complete" and click OK Now whenever you play the video it is going to have the subtitles playing right along with it. Now if you look under the transcribe options, it gives you the option to transcribe it into other languages as well. It doesn't do this for you automatically, so you will either have to know the language or know someone else that does. Otherwise you can just download the subtitle file and save it to your computer. Then go back to the Youtube page that we started on and click the "Browse" button to select the subtitle file. Now add a track name for it and select the language for it and click "Upload". Now when you go back to your video and play it, you'll notice a CC button in the lower right corner. If you click on that, it will show the captioning for this video. Youtube has an option to automatically translate these captions. If you want to try that out, go back to the CC button and select translate. It shows you all of the languages that you can translate the captions into. I am going to select German, for instance, and click translate. The only problem is that it does it word for word, so it may not sound exactly right in the other language. This is a good way to get your videos out there for the world. That's it for this tutorial, for more go to

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Duration: 3 minutes and 59 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Views: 20,953
Posted by: tinkernut on Dec 2, 2008

This video shows you how to add closed captioning and translation to your Youtube videos using DotSub, a free online captioning service.

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