Easy YouTube caption creator


Paste the URL of the YouTube video that you want to add a caption to:

Step 2

Paste the transcript here with a new line at around 10 words. There's an example included which you can try out or use as a point of reference for where to break each line:

Step 3

What you need to do now is:

  1. Start playing the YouTube video
  2. Press the 'a' key (for add caption) when each line in the list below appears in the video.

Think of it like you're playing Guitar Hero. This is 'Captioning Hero'!

Current time: seconds

Step 4

You're all done! You can now copy your YouTube-ready Closed Caption text from the textarea below and paste it into your text file.

Just save the file with a file extension of .sub. Then you can add this file to your video in Youtube (instructions here)

The Easy YouTube caption creator is designed to make it very simple to create a caption text file (.sub format) that you can then add to YouTube video files that you have uploaded.

This is something of a one-trick pony; what it creates is not rocket science, it's just designed to make it a little easier (and hopefully will encourage you to caption more videos).

There's an overview of this tool on YouTube.

Note: this tool is no longer being developed as YouTube's automatic captioning has somewhat overtaken this tool. If you already have a transcript and if the audio in your video file is clear enough, YouTube can probably work out the timings automatically.

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