How do people add captions to Facebook videos?
Subtitles. Words. Closed captions. How do you add them?
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
First, open the page you’d like to post a video on in Business Manager. If you’re in Business Manager then when you click on “Upload Photos/Videos” and select a video, a dialogue box opens up, allowing you to customize your video.
NOTE: If you don’t have your Facebook Page set up in Business Manager then these instructions won’t work as adding video direct on your page doesn’t give you these customized options.
This dialogue box defaults to “Video Details” where you’re able to add a title, description and keywords. Looks at the right-hand sidebar and navigate to the third one titled “Subtitles & Captions (CC).”
To add captions, you’re able to auto-generate, write your own or upload a text file.
In my opinion, auto-generating captions is 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 the captions are generated, you’ll have a chance to review and edit. I recommend doing this and making sure you’re happy before saving by clicking “next.”
I’ll also mention when you click “next” it moves you to step 2, “Publishing Options,” so make sure you’ve added information to the other menu options as desired before moving on.
Step two gives you a few publishing options for your video like publish now, schedule and backdate. These are wonderful options! Check the different choices out and select what works best for your page.
Then, click publish and you’re done! You have just added captions to Facebook videos you genius you!
If you’re wondering about uploading your own captions, 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?
Other helpful resources
- How do I add or remove captions on my video? from Facebook
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- Tips for Spreading the Love on Social Media
- How to Create a Social Media Portfolio
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