You’ve worked hard on your latest video, and you’re finally ready to upload it to YouTube. But before you hit that publish button, there’s one more thing you should do: add subtitles. You might think, “Do I really need to add subtitles in YouTube videos? Won’t people just understand what I’m saying?”
The answer is no, not everyone will understand what you’re saying. In fact, according to a recent study by the World Health Organization, nearly 5% of the world’s population has hearing loss. That’s 430 million people!
Not just that, but even if people can hear you, they might not understand you. This is especially true if your video is in a different language than the viewer’s native language. Even if English is the viewer’s first language, they might still have trouble understanding you if you have a strong accent or speak quickly.
Subtitles solve these problems and more. Here are 7 reasons you should publish your YouTube video with subtitles.
How to add subtitles on YouTube videos?
YouTube has a built-in tool that allows you to create and upload subtitles for your videos. You can also use third-party subtitle tools like Subtitle Edit or Aegisub. These tools make the process of creating and editing subtitles for your videos relatively easier and seamless.
With the help of Translate by Humans’ multilingual subtitling services, adding subtitles is a piece of cake. We have native translators with 5+ years of experience who can create subtitles in over 180 languages and dialects. You get a dedicated project manager aiding you from start to finish and the turnaround time is quick too! So, you can have your videos professionally translated and subtitled in any language you need – in the time frame you need without the hassle of finding and coordinating with native linguists in multiple languages.
All you need to do is upload your video and choose your desired languages. We will then reach out to native linguists with relevant industry experience, work with them to create subtitles for your video and deliver them to you.
What is Closed Caption vs. Subtitles?
Closed caption is the written version of the audio track for the videos that you can choose to view. It might also include descriptions of sounds (for example, “door opening” and “laughing”). The closed caption can be added only in the language of the audio. Whereas, subtitling refers to the translation of captions into another language different than the audio.
You may think that closed captions are enough to make your videos accessible to viewers. But there are actually several benefits of using subtitles over closed captions.
First, subtitles can be translated into multiple languages. This allows you to reach a global audience with your videos. Closed captions can only be displayed in only the audio language.
For example, if you’re a creator in the English language and your content also has a lot of Spanish-speaking fans, you can add English and Spanish subtitles to your videos using our service even if you don’t know Spanish yourself. This way, both English and Spanish speakers can watch and understand your videos.
Second, subtitles are more accurate than closed captions. This is because professional translators who understand the nuances of language create subtitles. Closed captions are created using automatic speech recognition software. This software is not always accurate, especially in complex words or dialects.
Finally, subtitles are more customizable than closed captions. With subtitles, you can choose the font, color, and position of your subtitles. This allows you to make your subtitles match your brand identity. Closed captions, on the other hand, are typically white and cannot be customized.
In conclusion, there are many benefits associated with adding subtitles to your YouTube videos. Subtitles make your videos more accessible, searchable, and watchable – regardless of whether viewers can hear audio. Adding subtitles is also relatively easy and only takes a few minutes using YouTube’s Video Manager tool. So what are you waiting for? Start adding subtitles to your YouTube videos today!