25 November, 2022

How to Add Subtitles to Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube

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Grant Shaddick

When you publish a video on platforms like YouTube, LinkedIn, or Twitter, if it doesn’t include subtitles you’re missing out on engagement.

Subtitles improve the accessibility, engagement, and make watching more convenient. Besides improving the experience for your viewers, these platforms might help your content reach a wider audience. This is because with subtitles the platforms know it has the some of the requirements to perform well (obviously you need more than just subtitles for the video to be popular…)

Automatically generate subtitles

Add captions to your video

First you need a video. Using an app like Tella you can quickly record your screen, camera, or both at the same time. It’s easy to create content about what’s on your mind, from a presentation, or sharing what you’re working on.

Next, you need to transcribe your video. When you record with Tella all your videos are transcribed automatically. Tella supports seven languages so if you’re speaking French, Italian, or Spanish accurate subtitles will automatically be generated for you.

If you’ve already created a video with another app, try using a service like Happyscribe or Subtitles Tools generate subtitles for it.

Most video editing software will have a way for you to change the subtitles. In apps like Screenflow or Final Cut Pro you can manually create or adjust subtitles by editing text layers on the timeline.

How to caption a video

Learn more about transcribing your videos here.

With Tella you can edit the automatically generated subtitles like this:

Now you’ve got your video with accurate subtitles, you can publish it to viewers.

Add subtitles to Twitter

  1. Start composing a tweet, then click the media option
  2. Select a video file from your computer
  3. While it uploads click on “Upload subtitle file”
  4. Select the subtitle file from your computer. Twitter only supports SRT format. If your subtitle file isn’t SRT, you can convert it using Subtitles Tools
  5. Once your subtitle file it attached you can preview it with your video before posting and when you’re ready, post your tweet.

Add subtitles to LinkedIn

  1. Start a post on LinkedIn and select the video option
  2. Select a video file from your computer
  3. LinkedIn has automated captions for English. You can let LinkedIn generate subtitles for you, but you can also upload your own file. To do this click “upload an SRT file instead”. Like Twitter, LinkedIn only supports SRT files, so make sure to convert your subtitle file to SRT first.
  4. Preview your video with the subtitles, and then publish your post.

Add subtitles to Facebook

  1. Start a post on Facebook and select the video option
  2. Select a video from your computer
  3. Then press “Edit”
  4. Then click “Add captions” and then “Upload”
  5. Select your subtitle file from your computer (SRT only).
  6. You can preview your subtitles and your video before posting.

Add subtitles to YouTube

  1. While uploading a video, on the Details step scroll to the bottom of the modal and click “Show more”
  2. Then scroll down to the Language and captions certification section, select your video’s language.
  3. Now move to the next step called Video elements.
  4. Where it says Add subtitles, click “Add”
  5. Select the subtitles file from your computer
  6. Now you can preview the subtitles and edit them too
  7. Click "Done" when you’re happy with your subtitles and then complete the remaining steps in the flow.

To start recording videos of your screen and camera with subtitles automatically generated, try Tella for free.