Subtitles. Words. Closed captions. How do people add captions to Facebook videos?
I wondered the same thing, is adding captions to Facebook videos some sort of magic I wasn’t privy to, or perhaps a paid feature for rich people? Well, it turns out there’s one easy way to add captions and I’m here to blow your mind. Maybe.
Do I need to make an argument for adding captions? You scroll through Facebook with your phone/computer on silent like I do, right? So even though “everything’s all about video” people still need a hook to draw them in. I believe the hook is captions. Tell people what they’re watching. Don’t make them work too hard.
How to add captions to Facebook videos
- If you’re on a page, click in the “write something” box and then on the camera icon like you’re going to add a new post (because you are). If you’re on a personal profile click on the Photo/Video link in the “what’s on your mind?” box. You’ll find this at the top of your timeline or news feed
- Upload your video, add your description and screenshot and then click post
- Once the video is ready to view, hover over the video and click the three dots in the top right-hand corner, then click on Edit Post
- Your default view is on the first tab, Basic. Navigate to the second tab, Captions
- Here you’ll see two choices: Upload SRT File or Generate. Let’s choose Generate
- Here’s where things get magical. You’ll see Facebook auto-populate your captions and now all you need to do is tweak them (their voice recognition is good, but it’s fallible)
- Once you’re happy with the captions, click Save to Video and you’re done! You have just added captions to Facebook videos you genius you!
If you’re wondering about the SRT File option, this is a SubRip file you have to set up ahead of time in Notepad or TextEdit. You’ll need to understand the formatting and know your caption time spans so if you aren’t following this sentence just stick with the Facebook-generated captions, alright?
Top tip: I schedule video posts for my clients and was dismayed when this didn’t work. When your post is scheduled you can’t generate captions to Facebook videos but you can still upload a SRT file. So don’t worry if you can’t generate captions—just create a reminder to add them once your video posts/publishes on Facebook.
I’m very sorry I’m such a garage sale slacker. If I show you a Strong Bad Email about garage sales, garbage sales, and garbage sale patrons will you forgive me?
Cause it’s pretty much awesome.
And here’s the link if the video doesn’t work.
If I was like most people, I would’ve watched Planet Earth and Blue Planet years ago. But me being me (AKA slightly behind every trend ever) I watched Blue Planet last year and am currently mid-way through Planet Earth.
Anyway, I didn’t want to let Stupid Animal Battles end without tipping my hat to some of the most amazing animal battles and behaviours I’ve ever seen.
Here are my top three moments from The Blue Planet
- Learning just how mean and nasty killer whales are (sorry Vancouverites, I can’t be nice about Orcas, they’re MEAN to baby whales and especially to seals)
- Getting a front row seat for intense feeding frenzy’s. I think my favourite was marlin zipping around rounding up tuna bait balls
- Seeing real images of the amazingly terrifying anglerfish, made famous by Finding Nemo (well actually Finding Nemo came out after The Blue Planet so I don’t know who made what famous)
Of all the episodes I was especially mesmerized by The Deep. It featured so many amazing creatures (and monsters) I’ve never even imagined let alone knew existed. The battles happening in the deep oceans are unlike anything else. If you haven’t seen this episode, you should make it a point to.
In the pitch black nothing of the deepest parts of the ocean species use every trick in the book to find, fool, lure, and eat enough to survive another day. It’s unlike anything I can imagine, even though I’ve seen the film. It doesn’t make any sense! Why are these animals down there? Don’t they know there’s much better feeding elsewhere? Why stick to the dangerous depths where there is no law and chaos threatens to take over each and every second?
Gives me shivers.
The Hairy Angler was actually discovered while the BBC was filming this series. They found her when filming The Deep and know nearly nothing about it.
Five things we know about the Hairy Angler fish
- Lives in the Dark Zone 1,000 metres below the sea’s surface
- Has red skin but in the Dark Zone this skin makes the hairy angler invisible
- The female is about the size of a football while the male is about the size of a ping pong ball
- It’s covered in sensitive antennae, which can sense prey’s vibrations
- Has an expanding stomach. This means it can eat fish larger than it (comes in handy when you don’t know when your next meal will be)
I do hope you’ve enjoyed this month of Stupid Animal Battles. I tried really hard. And now we’re done. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s new blog topic!