The practice of captioning videos on the internet is gaining popularity. Captions make it possible to watch videos even in settings where it would otherwise be inconvenient, for example, on public transport. They are, of course, also important for people who are deaf or hearing impaired. Learn to add captions to your videos on Facebook. It will make your audience happy and it’s good for your karma.
- Transcribe the video in Beey
Start simply by transcribing and correcting any errors in Beey. Instructions on how to quickly transcribe a video in Beey can be found here.
- Download your captions
In Beey, click on the control panel’s menu (three vertical dots in a circle). Select Export subtitles, select the format srt (50 characters/line). For shorter videos or videos with the frame size 1:1 use the format srt (35 characters/line). Then select Export. The file containing your captions will be downloaded and saved to your computer.
- Edit the name of the captions file
Facebook requires the subtitles file to include a code identifying the language for which the captions are intended. So, for Czech you have to rename the captions file to filename.cs_CZ.srt. Careful, without this change, your captions will not work.
- Upload your video and captions to Facebook
There are several ways in which you can upload a video to Facebook. Opt for the method that you are most used to. In the window Edit video click on the captions section in the left-hand column. Then click on Upload. Select the file with your captions and click on Open. Click on Save and publish your video.
Tip: You can also try the option of „burning“ your subtitles to your video.
The method described above is appropriate in cases where you want to leave viewers with the option of turning captions off or if you have subtitles in several languages. For short videos which are intended for viewers from one language region, you might consider embedding the videos directly in the video (without the option of turning them off). Here is a manual for burning subtitles directly into your video.
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