Updated on Feb 19, 2021
In fact, one can generate automatic subtitles based on speech from the video file you uploaded to YouTube or Facebook. For those who do not know how to handle it, this article presents 2 free ways to create auto subtitle on YouTube and Facebook. Read on to find out how.
Q: I have an MP4 file on my computer. How do I create "automatic" subtitles based on the video's sound, for free? (sound-to-text) I don't want to type up the subtitles by hand, I want sound-to-text to create them automatically.
A: In order to increase video exposure and help the auditorily handicapped or foreign viewers understand the video content, some video creators will create auto subtitles for the video when editing video recordings to make the content accessible for more audiences. Do not underestimate this work, creating subtitles is not an easy matter. Under normal circumstances, one not only needs to enter the words manually, but also adjust the time and video to ensure synchronization, and spend a lot time on repeated proofing. But don't worry, there are 2 free online auto subtitle generators for you to make video captioning easier.
YouTube can auto generate subtitles for the videos you uploaded using its speech recognition technology. Currently, the automatic subtitles feature is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. If your first language in the above list, follow the steps below to create subtitles for a video automatically.
Step 1. Upload your video to YouTube that is in compliance with YouTube specs.
Step 2. Go to your Video Manager, https://www.youtube.com/my_videos?o=U.
Step 3. Find the video for which you want to create auto subtitle. Open the drop-down list next to Edit and select Subtitles/CC.
Step 4. If automatic subtitles are available, there will be a Language (Automatic) button below "PUBLISHED" on the right side. Click on it.
Step 5. Click the Edit button in the upper right corner to see whether the automatically created captions are properly transcribed.
Step 6. After proofreading, click Save changes in the upper right corner. Return to Video Manager and CC will appear next to your video name.
Similar to YouTube automatic captions, Facebook has also launched a free, automatic video captioning tool for Facebook Page video. But it's currently only available in US English. Page admin is able to automatically generate captions and proofread them. Facebook allows users to create auto subtitles before uploading a video and for uploaded videos. Here I make an example of how to create auto subtitles before you upload a video. For uploaded videos, you just need to click the edit button and follow the below steps to add auto subs to them.
Step 1. Sign in to your Facebook account and click the "Photo/Video" button on the "Create Post" panel. Then select the video you want to upload.
Step 2. Select the "Subtitles & Captions (CC) option on the right of the new window.
Step 3. Wait for the upload process to finish, you can see the progress bar on the bottom left.
Step 4. Now you can click the "Autogenerate" button on the top to create auto subs.
Step 5. Review and edit the generated captions.
Step 6. Finish the rest of the video uploading process.
It is an easy task to create auto subtitles with automatic subtitle generator for sound in videos, right? P.S. The final result may vary due to mispronunciations, accents, dialects, multiple speakers, poor sound quality, complex audio or background noise.
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