YouTube terms

SRT Files

SubRip Text files used for adding subtitles or captions to videos.

What is an SRT file in YouTube?

An SRT file, also known as a SubRip Subtitle file, is a plain-text file that contains critical information regarding subtitles, including the start and end timecodes of the text ensuring the correct sequence of subtitles. This file format is supported by most video platforms, including YouTube.

On YouTube, an SRT file is used to add captions or subtitles to videos. This is particularly useful for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing, for viewers who speak a different language, or for situations where the audio cannot be heard. The SRT file can be uploaded to YouTube to synchronize the text with the video. This enhances the accessibility and user experience of the platform.

How to upload SRT files to YouTube?

Uploading SRT files to YouTube is a straightforward process. First, you need to sign in to your YouTube account and click on the "Your Videos" section in the YouTube Studio. Then, select the video you want to add subtitles to and click on the "Details" button. In the "Language, subtitles, and closed captions (CC)" section, click on the "Add" button.

In the new window that opens, select "Upload a file". Choose "Subtitles" from the drop-down menu, then click "Continue". You can now select your SRT file from your device and upload it. Once uploaded, you can review the subtitles and make any necessary adjustments. When you're satisfied with the subtitles, click "Save" to finalize the process. Your SRT file is now uploaded to your YouTube video.

How to create SRT files for YouTube videos?

Creating SRT files for YouTube videos involves generating a transcript of the video and formatting it into the SRT (SubRip Subtitle) file format. First, watch the video and write down the entire dialogue, noting the start and end times for each line of text. This can be done manually or by using transcription software. The timing should be accurate to ensure the subtitles match the video's content.

Once the transcript is ready, format it into an SRT file. This involves numbering each line of dialogue, followed by the start and end times in hours:minutes:seconds,milliseconds format, and then the dialogue itself. For example, "1\n00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:02,000\nHello, welcome to our YouTube channel." Save this text file with an .srt extension. You can then upload this SRT file to your YouTube video. Go to the video details, select the "Subtitles" tab, click on "Add", and upload your SRT file.

How to edit SRT files on YouTube?

To edit SRT files on YouTube, you first need to upload your video and then add the SRT file. After uploading your video, go to the YouTube Studio and select the video you want to edit. Under the "Subtitles" tab, you will find an option to upload a subtitle file. Choose the SRT file from your device and upload it.

Once the SRT file is uploaded, you can edit it directly on YouTube. Click on the "Edit on Classic Studio" option under the same "Subtitles" tab. This will open the subtitle editor where you can edit the text, adjust the timing, or even delete subtitles. After making all the necessary changes, make sure to save your edits. Now, your edited SRT file will be synced with your video on YouTube.

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