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How to Edit YouTube Auto Captions – Jan 2020

January 19, 2020

This video walks you through the steps
to edit Auto captions on a video in YouTube. First, go to and be
sure that you’re signed in by checking to see if you see your photo in the
upper right corner. Once you’re signed in click on your profile photo and go to
YouTube Studio. On the left side of the screen, under Your Channel select videos.
Click on the video that you’d like to caption. This opens the video details
page. On the left side of the screen, under your video, select Subtitles. On the
Video Subtitles page, you’ll see the words “English,” assuming that your video
is set to an English language by default, and “Automatic” in parentheses. That means
that the auto captions have been enabled for that video. Place your mouse over
that row and you’ll see three dots appear that are the Options feature and
select there. Now click on Edit on Classic Studio and this is going to open
the captioning editor over in the old YouTube interface which has not yet
quite been moved over to the new YouTube Studio. That was the hardest part. I
promise. What you’re going to do from here is click on Edit and now you’ll see
that all the captions over on the left are editable. What you’ll want to do is
go through the captions and add capitals and commas and periods and correct
spelling errors. So I’m going to go ahead and do that; When you’re all done, click the blue
Publish Edits button in the upper right corner. Now what you’re going to see is
that you have two published caption tracks. One is the original Automatic,
which is the auto captions and the second one that doesn’t have the word
Automatic in it is your edited track. What you want to do is delete the
Automatic track to be sure that the edited one actually appears when your
video is viewed. To do that, click again on the Automatic track. Now you’ll know
you’re in the Automatic track because when you look over at the left you’ll
see that nothing is capitalized. There’s no commas, right. This is where we started.
So what I’m going to do now is click on Unpublish in the upper right corner. And,
finally, select Delete Draft. That will get rid of the auto caption track. And if
you’re prompted again select Delete Draft Now the only remaining track is
the one that you edited and we can test that out by clicking play and turning on
the closed captions. And you’ll see that the captions are now accurate. Good job.

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  • Reply Arvind Kumawat January 17, 2020 at 5:15 am


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