Wondering what the difference is between automatic captions in YouTube as opposed to automatic subtitles in Triple8? In this guide we will discuss the main differences between the automatic captioning of your videos via the YouTube Studio and automatic subtitling in the Triple8 editor.
Why use automatic captions for your video content in the first place?
Firstly, you are making your video exponentially more viewer-friendly and accessible. Case in point, the deaf and hard of hearing for whom captions and subtitles are a necessity for understanding video content.
In turn, imagine being on the road, the train ride home per example, looking to watch an episode of your favorite Netflix show but forgetting your headphones. Captions and subtitles then become your primary source of information (and entertainment!).
In fact, research has shown that even when audio is available and in-use, your audience will understand the content of videos better as a result of captions and subtitles.
Automatic captions YouTube
Captioning videos in the YouTube Studio can be done in several ways. You can add captions to a video you are looking to upload as well as to a video that you have uploaded previously.
The first option is to simply upload an SRT file. An SRT file is one of the most common file formats used in the process of captioning and/or subtitling. ‘SRT’ refers to a ‘SubRip Subtitle’ file. Would you like to know more about SRT files? Check out our recent blog SRT: What is a SRT file?. Spoiler: you can also get an SRT file by uploading your video in the Triple8 editor.
The second option is to upload a text file in the YouTube Studio without timings and letting it sync first. Once complete, you can then make use of the Auto-sync feature which sets the caption timings more or less automatically.
The last option is to manually type your captions whilst watching the video. If a video already has automatic captions, you can also adjust them by clicking the edit button.
Automatic subtitles Triple8
Don’t have an SRT file yet and have no time to type your own captions? Then make use of Triple8! Triple8 automatically subtitles your video content through AI and is ready within 5 minutes.
Simply upload your video file in the Triple8 editor, your video will be automatically subtitled and/or translated in 10+ languages. You can then also edit the automated subtitles wherever necessary and proceed to downloading your fully subtitled video in a variety of formats.
Alternatively, if you already have an SRT file, you can always add it to your video manually. This is usually done for videos where subtitles are an option and/or are offered in multiple languages.
As mentioned previously, in the Triple8 editor it is also possible to only download the SRT file after uploading your video, making the process even easier and faster.
YouTube versus Triple8
The Triple8 editor is set up in such a way that it learns from the text it extracts from the audio and the adjustments you make to them. We call this machine learning through Artificial Intelligence (AI). Since the subtitles are applied contextually, you get the very best translation and subtitles for your content. You can always check and adjust where necessary.
In fact, if you don’t have the time for that yourself, we also offer a ‘Triple8 Comfort’ service. We deliver a 100% perfectly subtitled video within the hour, manually checked by our multilingual in-house agents.
The Triple8 editor also allows you to fully edit the formatting and presentation of your subtitles. Customize your subtitles’ font, sizing, thickness, color, placement, and a variety of other exclusive properties.
Is social media your target channel for your video content? We also provide the option to download a square version of your subtitled video. No more time spent editing and cutting your videos. Ready for the world to enjoy in under 5 minutes!
Choosing an accurate captioning generator
To sum up, YouTube automatic captioning is simply not accurate enough with a very high incidence of misspellings. It is also imperative that the captioned video content is recorded in a perfect studio environment without any white noise.
In addition, you might have to revert to manually typing your captions which is a painfully long and arduous process. If the aforementioned points are of no concern to you, the YouTube Studio should certainly do the trick.
However, for those looking for a more sustainable approach: Triple8 automatic subtitling! Making use of Triple8 will not only save you precious time you could be spending creating video content. It also provides a variety of exclusive features to make your subtitling experience enjoyable!