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Adding Closed Captions to Facebook Movies

Did you know that Facebook supports closed captioning? Here's how to do it.

First, you will need to create your captions using MovieCaptioner or some other software. Export as SRT, the same caption format that YouTube uses.

Once you have your caption file ready, upload your movie to Facebook by clicking the Add Photos/Video link on your status.

Click the blue Post button. Your video will begin to upload. After your video is done uploading, you should get a "Processing" alert that will give you the option to Edit your movie.

Click the Edit Video button. It will take you to this page where you can set the description, privacy, date, and other information associated with your video.

If you didn't see the Processing alert, you can always click the Options menu on your video's page and select Edit this video from there.

Scroll down to where it says Captions on the Edit page. Note the naming convention you'll need to use for your SRT file. Mine says to use "fi…

Extracting QT Text Tracks From Movies to Create Different Caption Formats

Do you have a QuickTime movie that has a text track, but you need to somehow get the captions out to create another format, such as SRT for YouTube or SCC for broadcast TV or iOS devices? Today's your lucky day. I'll show you how easy it is to repurpose QT Text tracks from movies.

First of all, you'll need QuickTime Pro, which is a $30 upgrade to the QuickTime 7 Player from Apple.

Open your movie that has the text tracks in it and go to the Window menu and select Show Movie Properties.

In the Movie Properties window, select your text track (this one has 2 - one is French and one is English) and then click the Extract button.

It will extract the text track into a new movie. Kind of weird to have a movie that is nothing but text, but that's okay.

Now we're going to export this movie from QuickTime Pro.

Choose Text to Text from the pulldown menu. I've named the new file "french.txt".

Once it exports, you'll have a QT Text file that looks something li…

How to Add Captions to YouTube Videos

It's really simple to add captions to your YouTube videos. If you're using MovieCaptioner, just use the YouTube export option...

This will create a text file with a ".srt" file extension, which you would upload to YouTube after you've uploaded your movie. Just click the CC button under your movie...

Then choose Add new subtitles or CC...
Select Upload a file...

Choose Subtitles file and find your SRT file that you exported from MovieCaptioner, then click Upload.

After the SRT file uploads, you'll see the captions on the right-hand side of the screen. Just scroll to the bottom and click the Publish button and you're done. Pretty simple. 

It will tell you your captions were published...  Now all you need to do is click the CC button on the playbar of your movie and enable your captions. 

Please give MovieCaptioner a try. You can download a free, fully-functional demo that is good for 14 days from Please view the tutorial videos th…