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How To Add Interactive Transcripts To YouTube Videos

Interactive Transcripts is a cool, relatively new YouTube feature that is designed to enhance your video-viewing experience. You might...

YouTube Interactive Transcripts

Interactive Transcripts is a cool, relatively new YouTube feature that is designed to enhance your video-viewing experience. You might already be familiar with subtitles for films. They are there to supplement the audio to help viewers better understand what's being said. YouTube now has a feature, Interactive Transcripts, which act just as subtitles, but they are interactive, which means not only can they be played with the video, they can also shown separately and made clickable, so that when you click on a certain piece of text, it will take you to that point in the video where it was said. In this post, we'll talk about how you can create transcripts, and how to add them to your YouTube videos.

There are many uses for these transcripts. Primarily, they provide subtitles which can be turned on or off according to users' preferences. But a great plus point is, they make video content searchable! People can simply search for a piece of text, say a song lyric, and come up with a video! They can then mouse over and click on that lyric to hear the song at that particular point! Cool, huh? People no longer need to remember video titles or links, so long as they know what's inside that video.

Creating transcript files

There are basically two types of transcripts, simple transcripts and captions. Transcript files are simple text files. They just contain the main content of the video. A simple transcript file could look like this;

This is the first line

This is another line

This is the last line

Notice how each line is separated by a double line-break. This denotes a pause between the two lines. If there's shouting or laughing, and nothing is being said, it's best to include something like [laughing] or [shouting] to let the viewers know what's happening. The reason you should do this is because YouTube takes care of the timing of these transcripts for you. It has advanced algorithms and a speech recognition system that automatically times the lines with the speech. So the sound of laughing or shouting might throw it off, which is why it's best to include a hint.

Captions files are usually in Subtitle formats, such as .SUB or .SRT. They have time-stamps with the lines as well. A typical Captions file would look like this

This is the first line


This is another line
This is the last line


You can manually add time-stamps for your video in a text file, and save it with a .SUB or .SRT extension.

Adding transcripts to videos

By now, you should have your transcript ready. Log into your account on YouTube, and click on your username on the top-right corner of your screen. Then click on Video Manager to manage your uploads.

Adding transcripts

You can add transcripts to your existing videos, or you can upload new videos. Next your uploaded videos, you will see an Edit option, and an arrow next to it. Click on the arrow, and select the Captions and Subtitles options.

Next, you'll see the Add New Caption or Transcript option. You can now upload a transcript or caption file, which will automatically be integrated with your video once the initial processing is done. And that's it! You should now see a transcript button when you open your Videos' public link. Make sure before uploading the file whether you have selected the correct language, and whether it is a caption or transcript. Both work differently, so make sure you choose the appropriate option.

Interactive transcript

You can turn on captions for any Video (if provided). This could be a great help for non-native speakers of the video's language. So upload them now, and make your videos more accessible and get one step ahead in marketing your videos!



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Experience Lab - Online business creation and development guide for bloggers and startups: How To Add Interactive Transcripts To YouTube Videos
How To Add Interactive Transcripts To YouTube Videos
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