Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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.

upload photos/video link

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.

Processing video alert window

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.

Video Edit page

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.

Alternate way to get to the Edit this video page

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 "filename.en_US.srt", so I had to add ".en_US" before the ".srt" on my file prior to uploading it. If you don't use that naming convention, you may get an error when you save it. That happened to me before I noticed that I needed to change the name.

SRT upload button. Caption files must use this naming convention.

Click the button to upload your SRT file, then click the Save button at the bottom of the page and you're done! Now if the captions are not appearing when you play the movie,  just click the little cog wheel icon on the video's playbar and check the Captions option.

video playbar with Captions selected
If you need an easy way to create SRT files for Facebook videos, give MovieCaptioner a try. You can download the fully functional demo to use for 14 days from http://www.synchrimedia.com/downloads.html.

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