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Adding and editing closed captions

Common Questions:

How do I generate subtitles?
How do I add closed captions?
How do I generate captions?

Boost accessibility and enhance clarity with closed captions on your videos. Switch on closed captions before sharing your video to help your message make it further.

Closed captions are currently only available on a Premium plan

How to generate closed captions

Closed captions can be generated for any video with spoken audio — like a voice-over or someone speaking to the camera. To create captions, follow the steps outlined below.

In the Biteable video editor, click “Publish”, then build or update your video.
Click “Add CC” button located above the video preview.
Your generated captions will be applied to your video in whichever language you are speaking. Play your video to preview the captions in action.

What your closed captions will look like

Closed captions shouldn't distract or take away from your video's message — instead, they add to it. Captions are automatically generated (i.e. you don't need to upload any scripts or type in any words) and show up at the bottom of your video. They'll look like this:

Preview a closed captioned video in action here.

How to download a video with closed captions

You can download a SRT or WebVTT file for your closed captions. Click the Download video button, and then choose from the following options.

MP4 video with embedded captions
MP4 video without captions
SRT caption text file
WebVTT caption text file

The SRT and WebVTT files can be uploaded to any platform — such as YouTube — that accepts uploaded captions. Choose the “MP4 video with embedded captions” option if you want to embed or “burn in” the captions into your video so they are part of your rendered video.

Can I edit the closed captions?

You can edit the closed captions generated by Biteable from the Publish page. For any video that has captions already, click the “Edit CC” button and you'll see your captions and have the ability to edit them. When you're finished editing, click "Save captions".

Pro tip: If you don’t want your captions to span the full width of your video, you can add line breaks to your captions to force them to be the width that you desire.

Important: If you make any updates to your video, you will need to regenerate captions. This is required since captions are automatically generated and match the display of words to the time they are spoken. If you have made edits to the captions you have generated, these edits will be lost when you update the video. We recommend downloading your video and caption files (see above) so you have a text copy of any edits.

How to switch closed captions on and off

If you've generated closed captions for a video, they will automatically be turned on for viewers on your unique Biteable Watch page. Viewers can switch off closed captions by clicking the closed captions icon on the bottom right corner of the video, and selecting "subtitles off".

We're here to help. If you have any questions about closed captions, please reach out to our friendly customer support team at any time.

Updated on: 07/06/2024

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