Otter.ai is a tool that can help with creating SRT files for captioning. This guide will walk through the various steps needed to create a captioning file. Important note: a paid for version of Otter.ai is needed to have the export options available to create a caption file.
The first step is to get the transcript created in otter. This can be done by either creating a new recording or importing audio and video.
The file will need to be processed by otter.ai after being recorded or imported. Check the My Conversations tab in a few minutes to review the file.
Edit your Conversation in otter.ai to ensure accuracy and maintain captioning best practices.
Select three dots on an individual conversation and select Export Text.
The exported file will be in your computer downloads. The next step is to upload this edited file into your YouTube account.
Sign into YouTube
Select your videos
This can also be accomplished through YouTube studio
Select the video that you want to upload a caption file for.
Select Subtitles and add Language
Select upload. This option is in several areas of the page.
Select the language of the transcripts and upload the file. SRT files will have With Timing for an option.
If you do not own the video on YouTube, the caption file can be uploaded to a service called Amara.org.
Log into amara.org
Select Start Subtitling
Select the Add Video Button
Enter the URL and select the language for the video
Select Add/Edit Subtitles
Choose the language and select Add
Select the wrench and select Upload subtitles
Choose the caption file and select upload
Review results and select publish.
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