YouTube: Editing Closed Captions/Subtitles on a Video

This article explains how to edit the auto-captions YouTube adds to a video.

  1. Go to your video in YouTube. 

  1. Click the Info & Settings button beneath the video. 


  1. On the Info & Settings screen, click the Subtitles & CC tab. 

  1. Choose English from the “Select Language pop-up window. 

  1. Then click the English (Automatic) button on the right side of the screen. 


NOTE: If you do not see the 
English (Automatic) button, your captions might still be processing. Give it some time. The larger the video, the more time it might take. 

  1. You will see all of the captions YouTube added to your video. Click the Edit button on the right side of the screen to fix any mistakes.


  1. Click into each caption box to type your corrections. Your changes will save automatically when you move to the next box. Click Publish Edits to save your work.


  1. Now the YouTube auto-captions will be replaced by your edited captions.  

Tips and Troubleshooting

If your video doesn't generate automatic captions, it could be due to one or more of the following reasons:

  • The captions aren't available yet due to processing complex audio in the video.
  • The language in the video is not yet supported by automatic captions.
  • The video is too long.
  • The video has poor sound quality or contains speech that YouTube doesn't recognize.
  • There is a long period of silence at the beginning of the video.
  • There are multiple speakers whose speech overlaps.
Please note: The SIUE ITS Help Desk does not support YouTube. Please consult YouTube help for troubleshooting.

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Keywords:edit, voice recognition, subtitles, cc, closed caption, youtube, edit video captions, edit video text, captioning, captions, caption a lecture, you tube   Doc ID:72745
Owner:Niki G.Group:Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Created:2017-04-19 14:36 CSTUpdated:2017-12-14 14:34 CST
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