Closed Captioning with latakoo

Michelle Reinhardt
Jul 31, 2017 · 5 min read

Increase the impact of your video with a seamless caption integration

There’s an explosion of closed captioning happening online. As of July 1, 2017, the FCC requires captions for live and near-live clips within 12 hours. The FCC has previously ruled that any video broadcast to have accurate captions when re-shown on the Internet.

While the regulations are meant to assist the hearing impaired, reading while watching videos has spread widely, thanks to mobile devices. Facebook and YouTube have integrated captions for maximum ROI. In an internal study, Facebook found that adding captions to videos increased view time by 12%.

Closed Captioning is integrated on Facebook

Captioning as workflow

Let’s walk through the steps to produce a caption for your finished video with latakoo.

Step One: Upload your video

Note: Selecting a quality setting for your video

Learn more about uploading files with latakoo.

Step Two: Complete the Transcript Order Form

Click the “Order Transcription” bar to submit your video for captioning.

Now you can customize your order. Choose the source language of the clip. (There’s more than a dozen to choose from.) Then, select the quality of the transcription, the turn around time, and whether you need any additional notations, such as adding speaker names. The system will generate both a “cost per minute” and a total cost.

Foreign translations, speaker names and progressive return are among the options.

Caption Quality

Most of the time, latakoo will return a lower-quality transcript quickly while the higher-quality transcripts are being processed. For instance, if you request a professional-level quality transcript, you’ll received a mechanical-level quality first, then a premium and finally a professional quality.

Turnaround Time

Click “Order Transcription” and enter your credit card information. If you’d like to purchase a block of transcription minutes or turn on automatic transcriptions for your network, contact our sales team.

How it works

Step Three: Download an .SRT File

While there are many types of transcription files available, you’ll want an .SRT file which carries the run time of the video file along with the text of the video, which allows the captioning to sync with the narration of the video. SRT is the most common subtitle/caption file format, especially for YouTube or Facebook captioning. Learn more about our other caption formats.

To check the accuracy of the captions, you can use the playback feature on latakoo Pilot to watch the video and verify the transcript. Or, you can reveal the written transcript by selecting the “+” sign above the download menu. However, if the caption file requires edits, you will need to download a free .SRT file editor, such as Aegisub.

Step Four: Upload your .SRT File

In YouTube, click on the closed caption icon below your published video. In the window that opens, select “Add new subtitles or CC.” Upload your .SRT file.

YouTube allows you to upload a .srt file for closed captions.

On Facebook, you can add an .SRT file in the captioning tab of the video control panel while your video is uploading. You must adhere to a naming convention — filename.language_country.srt. For example, English videos from the US are filename.en_US.srt. If you don’t follow this naming convention, Facebook will prompt you with instructions.

On Facebook, you can upload an .srt file that conforms to their naming convention.

Captioning your videos doesn’t take a lot of time or expense with latakoo. We integrate easily with your current video workflow — and give you a new tool to connect with your audience online.

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Michelle Reinhardt

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latakoo Marketing Director, writer, video producer and director. See my video portfolio at mmreinhardt.com.

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latakoo is the fastest, easiest way to transfer video files from anywhere to anywhere.

Michelle Reinhardt

Written by

latakoo Marketing Director, writer, video producer and director. See my video portfolio at mmreinhardt.com.

latakoo learning

latakoo is the fastest, easiest way to transfer video files from anywhere to anywhere.

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