Contribute Subtitles and Closed Captions to YouTube Vidoes

Contribute subtitles and closed captions to YouTube Channels


Some channels let you contribute subtitles and closed captions to their videos. They’re viewable on the video by clicking on the [CC] icon in the player. Approved content is owned by the video owner.
Read more on YT Support

Video Owners:

  • Go to Video Manager
  • Click Edit Video
  • Subtitles And CC Tab
  • Turn ‘Allow Community Contributions’ on

I’m told you get to review them. If anyone allows this on a video, let me know and we’ll try it out.

“It’s A New Day” –

Captioned by YouTube user illywilly

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about ""It’s A New Day" –", posted with vodpod

Glad to see users picking up the captioning (well, technically subtitling, but I don’t expect that many people know/understand the difference)! Kudos!

Maybe in this “New Day”, I will have to find some other hobby, other than captioning internet videos?

Adding Captions to YouTube: Resource Links

ProudGeek Reviews of some captioning methods

Other Captioning Options:

And Caption Keeper, for converting TV Closed caption data into webstreaming formats.

If there is interest in more in-depth review or instruction in these, please comment.

You Tube Embedded Player Now Supports Captions!

From the YouTube BlogNew Features for the YouTube Embeddable Video

Closed Captions are now available in embedded videos like this one:
(My Captioned Video of SuperNanny inserted)

Also Featured:

High-quality start images (thumbnails) – Before you press play on embedded YouTube videos, the thumbnails for the video will be presented in high-quality. We’re pleased with the results – let us know if you agree.

Search in embeddable player – At the close of an embedded video, along with the usual recommended videos and URLs, a search box will appear. Not only will you be able search from within the embedded player, you will be able to watch videos through the same window. That’s right, you can search all of YouTube from the comfort of your favorite blog, news, or humor page.

Integrated video annotations – Annotations enable video producers to incorporate text information into their videos, create choose your own adventure-style stories or add links to any YouTube video. People watching videos through the embedded player can now join the fun.

You Tube and CBS: Full Length videos, without the captions.

You Tube begins full length tv shows – sans captions.

MacGyver – Love MacGyver:

No Captions. (I am not sure the embed works either)

Go here to Jamie Berke’s article for some ways to contact them, and put your comment on the youtube blog article.

The Article:

Hungry for more? YouTube now serving full-length TV dinners

We are starting to test full-length programming on YouTube, beginning with some fan favorites requested by you. Let’s see if you know your full-length TV …

You asked to be beamed up with Scotty, to devise a world-saving weapon using only gum and paperclips, and to get your grub on at “The Peach Pit”. So we’re giving you full-length episodes of these shows and many others.

These shows will be available in the new Theater View style we rolled out earlier this week, which provides optimal experience for watching full-length programming on your computer. Our new full-length format, in conjunction with the launch of our new player, marks an exciting milestone for YouTube as we continue our efforts to expand user choice and improve viewer experience.

YouTube Captions are “native” now

As you may have already heard by now, YouTube has CC now.

This is welcome, and long overdue.
It will accept .srt captions that Overstream creates, so your captions that you have already created can be imported, and used immediately.

But you can only add captions to your own video. This is a big limitation, because I don’t have rights to much of the material that could be captioned, to upload it myself. Digital Millennium Act and such.

So, you can request captions from the authors, and if I caption a video, I can offer it to them to add to their video –

Here’s a couple samples:
Emotiv Press Release (I don’t have the “rights” but I don’t think they’d object)

Hallmark Sweet Nothing in My Ear Trailer: (I asked for permission, when they didn’t have enough time to get their trailer captioned)


For some reason, my Firefox won’t display them properly, but IE will. Possibly a flash version thing?
My WordPress embeds did not display captions.

Playing with Captioned Video Search

Hey, since it’s tough to find what videos have closed captions, I have started up couple of different search ideas to look for stuff at sites that provide captioned video.

My Search: is a homegrown idea, that pulls the results from different sites search functions. This will be flexible, in that I can use vodpod to save videos that are not on the main sites, and add them to the results, and I will be able to add a separate database to list other video links, such as hulu videos that have captioning, link by link. I should also be able to customize the searches, so that I can check sites like Google Video that include the ability to search by whether the video has captioning.

Google Search This is a custom Google search, limiting the search to sites with known caption density, such as TubeCaption, Overstream, and Project ReadOn.

It seems like started to do this, but never really got it working well. At least I never got any satisfying results.

Let me know what you think!

If anyone has some experience, I would like to see about modifying this greasemonkey script for Firefox, to look for captioned version of the YouTube videos, instead of lyrics.