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Subtitles for Beginners - Why and How to Add Captions to a Video

Updated: Jul 21, 2022

Adding Subtitles or Captions to your videos is not a simple topic.

You have to consider:

  1. the reasons you’re adding captions

  2. if you’ll embed them into the video or give the viewer the option to turn them on and off and

  3. there are a number of different ways that you can add subtitles - depending on which social media platform you’re uploading to or the software you’re editing with.

So in this video, I’m going to try to make subtitles simple so that you know why you’re using them, which type to use and how to add them to your videos in a way that best suits your workflow.


00:00 Introduction to Subtitles for Non-Videographers

00:40 Why Add Subtitles or Captions to Your Videos

03:04 The Difference Between Closed Captions or Embedded Subtitles and .srt Files

04:45 How to Add Subtitles to YouTube Videos

06:49 How to Add Captions to Twitter Videos

07:21 How to Add Subtitles to LinkedIn Videos

07:57 How to Add Captions to Facebook Videos

09:33 How to Manually Create Subtitles with Adobe Premiere Rush

13:08 How to Auto Transcribe Subtitles with Adobe Premiere Pro

16:17 Paying for Subtitles as a Service

16:28 How to Auto Transcribe Captions with Instagram Reels

17:49 How to Auto Transcribe Subtitles with CapCut

19:13 Outro

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