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  • Writer's pictureMarion Verloop

Closed captions and subtitles.

The past 2 weeks I have been busy with adding closed caption to all my videos.

Adding closed captions means that all my videos now have English subtitles. The big advantage of this is that my videos are now easier to follow for the deaf and hearing impaired crocheters among us.

Before I started adding the closed captions, the videos had automatic generated captions. These were good, but not perfect. Sometimes they were even hilarious.

Understanding crochet and weaving terms was not always easy for YouTube and of course my somewhat Dutch accent didn’t help either. 😅

Another advantage of adding closed captions in English is that the automatic translation by YouTube to other languages will improve dramatically. YouTube offers subtitles for more than 100 languages.

How can you turn on the closed captions and the subtitles in other languages?

Closed captions

Let’s start with the closed captions.

When you use the YouTube app, you touch the screen and then you see ‘CC’ (closed captions) in the top right corner of the screen. When you click on it, you can turn the closed captions on and off.

When you go to the YouTube website it looks a little bit different. When you hover your mouse over the screen, you will see ‘CC’ at the bottom of the screen. When you click on it, you can turn the closed captions on and off.


Unfortunately the subtitles option is not available in the YouTube app.

You have to go to the YouTube website for this.

First you turn on the closed captions.

Then you click on settings.

Choose subtitles.

Then choose auto-translate.

And then you will get a list with available languages.

It took me a lot of time to add the closed captions, but I am glad I did it. Now more people can follow my videos.

Time to continue with my Mochila project, that I have been neglecting the past weeks.

Happy crocheting everybody.

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