YouTube Caption Translation

Reach YouTube’s 1 billion+ multilingual users around the globe

1. Transcribe

Create a caption transcript in the video’s original language

Time Sync
2. Time sync

Upload and auto-sync your transcription in YouTube

3. Translate

With just a few clicks, order and approve caption translations

YouTube Translations

1. Transcribe

Transcribe 1

To start, open a new document and begin to transcribe your video.

When transcribing, remember to insert a hard return after pauses in speech. Don’t worry about messing up a line or two at this point.

When you have a complete draft, repeat playback 1-2 times and fill in the errors or missing sections until your transcription is complete.

*Tip: Hit space bar to pause the video.

Transcribe 2

Creating a full transcript (see left) usually takes up to three times the length of the video (about 6-8 minutes of transcribing for a 2 minute video).



It was important for us to find translation providers who have the technology to deliver affordable, high quality translations. I’ve been impressed with the quality and speed of the translations that Gengo delivers.


Jeff Chin, Product Manager, Google

2. Time sync

Time 1

When you finish the transcript, sync it to your video and add time codes. To do this, go to YouTube’s “My Videos” section and choose “Captions” from the dropdown menu of your selected video.

Time 2

Select “Transcript file.” The track name will be the name of the language your transcript is in (i.e. write “English” for English, “日本語” for Japanese, etc.)

Time 3

At this point, Google will use its speech recognition software to match the audio to your transcript.

For details on how they do this, see this blog entry.

Time 4

Autosync takes about 1-5 minutes, depending on the length of the video. Once it finishes, your caption is ready.

Time 5

If you download your transcript, you will see that each caption is time-coded perfectly. It will be in the SBV format.

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3. Translate

Translate 1

To translate your captions, click “Request translation” from the “Add a new track” dropdown menu.

Translate 2

Choose your source track and target languages. At this point, you can choose between translating with a service like Gengo or sharing with a bilingual colleague or friend.

If you select a translation service, you can see the price and estimated time to completion.

Translate 3

Translating with Gengo will take you to our site to confirm the order. Once there, users can create a Gengo account and pay via PayPal or credit card.

Translate 4

When the translation is ready, you will receive a notification from Google. Return to the caption settings screen to approve your finished translation, and you’re done!

Want to see it in action?

Click “CC” to watch our Communicate Freely video with captions in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and English, all translated through the power of Gengo.

Reach viewers worldwide and create multilingual captions now with just a few clicks.

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