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Captioning with Otter AI, YouTube, and Amara

 

 

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.

Recording

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.

  • Recording can be done in the web browser or using the mobile app.
  • Select Start Recording to begin recording audio.

Importing

  • A transcript can be created with multiple speakers for audio or video that has been imported.
  • Multiple files can be transcribed simultaneously.

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.

Editing a conversation

Edit your Conversation in otter.ai to ensure accuracy and maintain captioning best practices.

  • Conversations will be time stamped, speakers will be identified, and the audio can be played back in the edit mode.
  • Transcripts can be edited for accuracy, add new speakers, search via keyword.

Exporting to SRT File

Select three dots on an individual conversation and select Export Text.

  • Export text as SRT or other file types
  • Ensure Max characters per line is set to 32 and max number of lines I set to 2.

 

Upload SRT File to YouTube

The exported file will be in your computer downloads. The next step is to upload this edited file into your YouTube account.

Step 1

Sign into YouTube

Step 2

Select your videos

This can also be accomplished through YouTube studio

Step 3

Select the video that you want to upload a caption file for.

Step 4

Select Subtitles and add Language

Step 5

Select upload. This option is in several areas of the page.

Step 6

Select the language of the transcripts and upload the file.  SRT files will have With Timing for an option.

Step 7

Select Publish

 

Upload SRT File to Amara.org

If you do not own the video on YouTube, the caption file can be uploaded to a service called Amara.org.

Step 1

Log into amara.org

Step 2

Select Start Subtitling

 

Step 3

Select the Add Video Button

Step 4

Enter the URL and select the language for the video

 

Step 5

Select Add/Edit Subtitles

 

Step 6

Choose the language and select Add

Step 7

Select the wrench and select Upload subtitles

Step 8

Choose the caption file and select upload

Step 9

Review results and select publish.

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