How to Generate Automatic Captions in YouTube Video

You have already uploaded videos into YouTube. Now, you want to add captions into your videos to make your content accessible for your students. YouTube can use speech recognition technology to automatically create captions for your videos. 
Note: If you use YouTube Studio beta (, this automatic caption feature is not available yet. You need to switch to Creator Studio Classic by using the following steps 3 to 8.

  1. Log into your YouTube account. 
    • Note: You can log into with your Gmail account
  2. Click your account picture in the top right corner.
  3. Select YouTube Studio (beta)
    • Note: If you can see Creator Studio instead of YouTube Studio (beta), you can skip down to step 9.
  4. Click Settings.
  5. In the Settings dialog box, select Creator Studio Classic.
  6. Click Save.
  7. Click Creator Studio Classic.
  8. Click Skip in the dialog box that appears.
  9. Click Video Manager on the left side. It will show all the videos you have uploaded.
  10. Click the title of the video which you want to add captions to.
  11. Select Subtitles/CC.
  12. In the “Select video language”dialog box, click Select language and select English.
    • Note: You can click the checkbox for “Default for new upload” if you want to keep English as your default language for all future uploads. 
  13. Click Set language.
  14. Click Add new subtitles or CC.
  15. Select English as the language. 
  16. Click Create new subtitles or CC.
  17. After a few minutes, click Subtitles/CC.
    • Note: The time to generate the automatic caption depends on the length of the video.
  18. When the automatic captions are available, select English (Automatic) under “PUBLISHED.”
  19. Under the “Actions” button, you can see the time-code and captions.  Review automatic captions.
    • Note: Although YouTube has pretty accurate captions, automatic captions might misrepresent the spoken content due to mispronunciations, accents, dialects, or background noise. Therefore, you need to check automatic captions. 
  20. If you would like to edit your captions now, click Edit
  21. Click on the caption text you want to edit.
  22. After editing, click Publish edits.
  23. Now, you can see both of “English” and “English (Automatic)” captions listed under “PUBLISHED.” You need to remove the “English (Automatic)” captions. Select English(automatic).
  24. Click Unpublish.
  25. The edited “English” captions is the only caption option to people who view your video.
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