Adding transcripts to YouTube videos that
contain speech or relevant audio help to
make the video accessible to those who may
not otherwise be able to fully understand
the video (ESL or deaf viewers, for example)
or who prefer to watch video with no sound.
YouTube rewards videos with transcripts by
boosting results in search rankings and
increasingly suggesting these videos.
Though YouTube provides its own automatic
captioning tool, do not rely on this auto
transcript to be accurate.
In fact, Google and YouTube do not index
auto-caption files due to the likelihood of
errors, especially if there is a more than one
speaker, poor audio or heavy accents.
To use the auto-caption file as a starting
point, you can export the transcription file,
edit it, rename the file and upload as a
transcript. Using a service like Rev.com is an
effective and low-cost way to transcribe
auto accurately and quickly.
It’s wise to also save these caption files for
use in Facebook or other distribution
channels for the video.