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How to Set the Position of Subtitles on YouTube

There are two ways to manipulate the position of subtitles on over 1.6 million videos that have been uploaded on YouTube with subtitles. (Oh, and the 135 Million that have been automatically captioned by Google). As a viewer you have the option of dragging the captions to any part of the screen. As a channel owner, you’re now able to set the position of the manual subtitles that you upload with your videos. Let me get into details.

How to Set the Position of Subtitles while Viewing a YouTube Video

You need to first click on the red CC button red rectangle on the bottom right hand corner of the viewer window on YouTube. If you can’t see the red CC button red rectangle, the video DOES NOT have manual or automatic YouTube subtitles. You can easily ensure that all the videos you’re watching have subtitles by adding “, cc” [comma][space][cc] to any search, or after searching, click CC filter to only see results with subtitles.

Once you’ve clicked on the red CC button red rectangle, a dialog box will appear where you can choose the subtitles track that you want. You can also translate the subtitles to another language, using Googgle’s machine translate. Once you’ve selected the subtitle track, the chosen subtitles will appear on the screen. It’s then very easy for you to drag them to any part of the screen that suits your needs. Another great tip is to use the – and + keyboard keys to decrease or increase subtitles text size respectively.

How to Set the Position of YouTube Subtitles when Uploading Videos

Since March 1st 2012, content creators/channel owners have been able to set the position of subtitles on their YouTube videos. Before then, all subtitles were rendered at the bottom of the screen, by default, irrespective of their placement. YouTube now supports subtitle placement. This means that you’re now able to place text near the character who is speaking, italicize subtitles to indicate an off-camera narrator, or even have scrolling captions. This is a really useful feature, particularly if you have text embedded at the bottom of your screen that you don’t want to be obscured by the subtitles.

All you’ll need to do is set the position of each subtitle using your subtitling program of choice and then upload the subtitles with your video. Furthermore, you are no longer restricted to only importing in .SRT format. You can import caption files in .SCC, .CAP, EBU-STL, and other formats. With our professional subtitling services, we’ll set the position of the subtitles for you and also get them to you in a variety of formats: at a price that won’t break the bank!

I’ll leave you with a quote from Ken Harrenstien, the technical lead on the YouTube captioning project at Google. Harrenstien, who is deaf, said that accurately captioned videos get “many, many more views globally.”

5 Reasons to add Subtitles to your YouTube Videos

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What is the second most visited search engine? YouTube. But you already knew that. That’s why you have a YouTube channel. It may have dawned to you that your YouTube channel is as important as your website. But you know what, it’s far more important; for the simple reason that it can set you apart from your competitors. It can and it should.

Now, the major difference between your website and your YouTube Channel is the form of media that you use to communicate with your client. Your website is mainly text based, and your YouTube channel is image based. Subtitling the YouTube videos you upload translates the image media into a text based media. What are the benefits of this? Let me share 5.

1. Search Engine Optimization (aka SEO)

Subtitles make your YouTube videos text searchable and thus search engine friendly. You benefit because your video is ranked higher by Google. End result, you get more views, hits and traffic to your website. Captioning your YouTube videos is a killer SEO secret that your competitors probably don’t know about. That’s what sets you apart.

2. Viewer Flexibility

Your viewers maybe in an environment where access to audio is limited or impossible,  captioning or subtitling your YouTube videos allows them to enjoy it whether they are in a noisy bus, library or in a concert.

3. Improved Accessibility

Subtitles improve the accessibility of your YouTube video and help your message reach a larger audience. Deaf and hearing impaired individuals enjoy greater access to the information in your video.

4. Improved Comprehension

350 million people speak English as their first language worldwide. 1.4 billion people speak English as their second, third, and fourth language. Do the math. Captioning your YouTube videos improves comprehension and retention of your message for all of your viewers.

5. Google Factor

This is an often overlooked factor; but think about it for a minute. If you’ve not uploaded captions for your YouTube videos, Google uses the automatic-machine subtitles to index your video. We all know that those subtitless should not be used for anything else other than amusement. When Google uses them to index your video, there is going to be a mismatch between the content of your video and what search engines see as the content of your video. To avoid this, you need accurate captions of your video and you’ll be able to connect to your target audience.

There you have it, the 5 reason why you should caption or subtitle your YouTube videos. The only probable reason why you wouldn’t manually add accurate subtitles to your YouTube videos is because it’s a difficult, tedious and a time consuming job. And getting someone else to do it for you will peg you back $50-$100 for a 5 minute video. That’s unaffordable for most of us, right? No to worry, you can get your YouTube videos subtitled affordably and accurately here.

If you wish to get more views on YouTube and more targeted traffic to your website, subtitle your YouTube videos. You’ll be surprised by the results!


How to Accurately Subtitle or Caption Your YouTube Videos

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YouTube captions are a great way to search engine optimize your videos and keep you miles ahead of the competition. We’re offering a great New Year’s deal to new clients. Watch this video and learn how we can help you accurately subtitle or caption your YouTube Videos. For more information on our subtitling services, click here.