Reach a Wider Audience by Translating Your YouTube Videos Into Different Languages

Are you ready to expand your reach and tap into new markets? 

Translating your videos into different languages makes your videos accessible to a global audience.

In the video below, I show you how to use an online translation tool to quickly translate YouTube subtitles into different languages so you can get more views and maximize engagement.

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How To Translate Your YouTube Video

  • Create a free account for the online video editor called Kapwing,
  • Click Create new project.
  • You can upload your video file or enter the URL of your YouTube video in the box.
  • So I’m going to paste it. Now it’s fetching the video.
  • Click on subtitles.
  • Now we’re going to transcribe the video by generating subtitles. Click on generate subtitles.

I recommend translating it into English first to correct any mistakes, then translating it into a different language after that.

If you want to translate it right away, you can click on the drop down and choose from any of these different languages from all around the world. I’m just going to use the original language, so click generate subtitles. It says, please wait while the transcription is generated.

After all the subtitles have been generated, you can correct any mistakes.

When you’re happy with the transcript, you can save it as a SRT file which you can upload to YouTube. This will generate subtitles for your video in the original language, and closed captions will appear under your video, so people that are hard of hearing or have the sound turned off can read the captions while watching the video.

You can also save it as a text file and upload it to your blog or website and embed your video. 

  • To translate it into a different language, click the dropdown that says, select the language.
  • I’m going to choose Spanish.
  • Click translate. to tanslate the video

While the video’ is being translated into Spanish, keep in mind your video can be translated into multiple different languages to reach a wider audience. Closed captions have been added to the bottom of the video.

You can enhance your captions by choosing different font, font size, change the text color, choose a different text outline, use a different background color.

Add animations

If I click  on animations,  I can choose different colored animations. If I play the video, you’ll see that the words are highlighted as I speak the words.

  • If you want to remove the closed captions that Kapwing has put on your video, just highlight the bar containing captions.
  • Tap delete on the keyboard.
  • It says Remove Magic subtitles.
  • This will remove the magic subtitles for this asset from the project.
  • Click remove. Now the closed captions have been removed.
  • If you want to save the video with the closed captions on your video, just click Export project.
  • Select the format. MP4. Resolution will just set it to Auto.
  • Click Export as mp4.
  • Now Kapwing is processing the video. 
  • When it’s finished processing, you can copy the link, share it with Twitter, Facebook, or embed the video, or you can download the file.
  • Click download file. Here’s the downloaded file that it can upload to YouTube. .

Here’s how to upload the SRT file to YouTube containing timestamps,  so your YouTube video will display closed captions and subtitles in Spanish.

  • Click on subtitles in YouTube studio
  • Select a video that you wish to translate.
  • Click add language. I’m going to select Spanish United States
  • Click Upload file.
  • You can select with timing or without timing, but without timing it’s only available for the video’s original language. 
  • So I’m selecting with timing. Click continue
  • Select the SRT file.
  • Click open. You can see the closed captions under the video.
  • Click publish.
  • Now you can see that the Spanish translation has been published. Let’s play the video.
  • If I click on closed captions, then you can see the English closed captions are under the video.
  • If I click on settings, click the arrow next to English United States.,I can select Spanish.
  • Now if I play the video, the Spanish closed captions will be under the video.
  • You could select auto translate, but it won’t be that accurate.
  • If the viewer wants to see captions in a different language,
  • click the cog icon.
  • Click the arrow next to English, United States. 
  • Click Auto Translate
  • Select the language. 
  • Now you’ll see closed captions in the Hindi language.

Keep in mind that if you don’t upload a transcript for your YouTube video, viewers will be unable to auto translate the content of your video. This means they won’t be able to view the captions in a different language.

Keep in mind videos that are captioned will see an increase in watch time and videos that have been translated into different languages will reach a wider audience.

What if you want to translate YouTube comments to English on your mobile phone? 
Watch this video on “How to easily translate YouTube comments to English on mobile” 

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