Subtitle/Caption YouTube Videos with Simon Says

Users are increasingly watching online videos without sound. This makes having subtitles even more important, besides fulfilling its key premise to make content accessible to those with hearing difficulties.

And the good news is it is super easy to automatically generate them for YouTube with Simon Says, the AI transcription and translation website / Mac app for your audio and video files.

Short answer:

  1. Click Export from your Simon Says transcript page
  2. Click "Subtitles" in the Export Options screen
  3. Click the sub-option "Facebook/YouTube'
  4. Then click the button "Let's do this"‚Äã

Edit Video 5x Faster

Transcribe, caption, translate, subtitle, and then edit in 100 languages.

Export Facebook/YouTube ready subtitles

5. Unzip the file that has been downloaded to your computer to extract your SRT file(s)

Unzip your file

6. Open up your YouTube account and click the video camera icon at the top of your page then select Upload Video

Upload your video on YouTube

7. Drag and drop or select files from your computer

Drag and drop or select file to upload

8. On the Details pane, scroll down and click More Options, then scroll to Language, subtitles, and closed captions (CC), then select the language of your subtitles under Video language

Select video language

9. Click Upload Subtitles/CC, then select With timing and click Continue

Select With timing

‚Äã10. Navigate to the subtitle file you downloaded from Simon Says and select it‚Äã

11. Fill out any other desired details in the Details pane, click Next, fill out Video Elements details, click Next and fill out Visibility details then click Save

12. If your video has completed processing, you can now view it to see the subtitles.

To add another language:
(You can translate your subtitles to 50+ languages. See here for a short tutorial)
13. Under the video, click the 3 dots and select Add Translations

Select Add Translations

14. Click Add new subtitles or CC and select the language

Select the language

15. On the next screen, select Upload a file

Select Upload a file

‚Äã16. Click Choose File and navigate to your translated subtitle file from Simon Says and then click Upload

Choose file and then Upload

‚Äã17. After the upload completes, click Save changes and then click Return to YouTube Studio at the top right

Save changes and Return to YouTube Studio


Navigate to your video and open it to view. You will now see a list of language choices under Settings > Subtitles/CC‚Äã

View the different subtitle options now available

​Repeat steps 13–17 to add other languages


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