Have you ever wondered why videos have captions? If videos give you a complete experience, audio and video combined, then why add written text at the bottom of the screen?
Now imagine you are in a public place and you want to watch a video but forgot to bring your handsfree. What would you do? Still watch the videos with the volume on and earn the ire of everyone around you?
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reports about 15 percent of American adults have some trouble hearing. Imagine this large population of people not having access to video content.
These are just a few examples of how important captions are for video accessibility, comprehension and one more very important factor - SEO. If you want your video to rank higher on Google and other search engines, you need to have captions added to your videos.
So what are captions? People generally confuse captions with subtitles. Captions capture everything on the screen - dialogues, emotions, background sounds, etc., while subtitles simply transcribe what is being said or translate what is being said into your language.
Another misconception about captions is that they are for deaf and hard of hearing when in reality captioning helps everyone (The National Center for Biotechnology Information - NCBI). Adults and children equally benefit from them since they improve comprehension, memory and attention to video.
There are two types of captions: open captions and closed captions. Open captions are a part of the video and cannot be removed while closed captions can be turned on or off. Creating captions is a tedious job and can take hours but with Keevi's speech recognition software you can create captions in no time.
To meet the accessibility standard you must have captions. People who have trouble hearing cannot watch videos without them. So, they are important for inclusivity. US laws make it mandatory to add captions to educational and workplace videos, etc.
Sometimes the quality of the sound is not good which makes it harder to understand it. This can happen if the mic is too far or the person speaking is not audible. In such cases adding captions can be a great help.
Videos at times contain technical jargons and terms that can be hard to get. If your video is covering a complex topic then it is always advisable to add captions. Also, it helps the non native speakers to understand the topic.
Always keep in mind that people absorb information differently. There are people who absorb new information through watching, others through listening and some people require both. So, it’s better to add captions so that everyone feels inclusive.
Captions make taking notes easier for online students. You can read what’s being talked about and take notes from there.
According to research, captions help students in better retention of the topic being discussed in the video.
According to a study, videos with captions are 80% more likely to be watched till the end as compared to those without captions. This shows that captions increase the average watch time.
Captions increase the impact videos have on viewers. Stats show the same. According to Discovery Digital Networks, captioned videos have 7% plus more views.
There are many caption generating tools available online; however, Keevi is better and different.
Caption generating tools are hardly ever accurate. Most of the videos that they transcribe make no sense and you have to make plenty of changes to the text which can be very time consuming. In contrast, Keevi provides accurate captions.
Transcriptions can be long and therefore if you are looking for a specific word, it may be time taking to find it. With Keevi however, keyword search is both quick and easy.
Keevi is an all-in-one editing tool where you can upload, generate, edit and download captions in just a few clicks.
Keevi’s caption maker works in two steps:
Keevi’s voice recognition software converts the audio into text form. Keevi’s advanced technology accurately transcribes the video.
The next step is to sync the text with the video. Keevi does this for you. It automatically syncs the text with the video so that they perfectly match with each other.
Import the video file that you want to create closed captions for.
To add closed captions to the video, click on Captions. Now choose how you want to generate captions. You can upload an SRT file, create captions automatically or manually. Next select the language in which you want to create your subtitles and you’ll get your captions in a few minutes.
Once you have generated the captions, proof read them and make changes, if required.
Once satisfied, export the caption file in SRT format. Now you can upload the video and the SRT file on social media platforms.
You can browse the video or drag and drop it.
Go to the captions tab. Add captions manually, automatically or upload a SRT file. Once you have created the captions you can edit them.
Now click on the export button and download your captioned video.
You can generate closed captions for your videos online with Keevi. Just create a SRT file with Keevi and upload it to your platform with your video and you will have your closed captions.
Keevi helps you add captions in 119+ languages. Just select the language you want your captions in and let Keevi do the rest.
Keevi is compatible with SRT format. You can upload/download in SRT and VTT formats.
If you already have your captions then you can directly upload them on Keevi and easily add them in your video.
Keevi understands that writing captions can be hard. Keevi’s speech recognition software generates captions for you.
You can create, edit and download captions as .txt format.
Making changes in captions is really easy. You can change the size, text, font, styling and placement of the captions in real time.
There are more than 100 caption styles that you can choose from.
Captions created by Keevi are accurate and easy to read as it does not display a lot of captions on one screen. Having a large chunk of text at the bottom of the screen can be hard for the viewer to read.
These shortcuts allow you to caption your videos faster and efficiently.
Adjust the timing of your captions and sync them with your video with caption timing control.
With the help of Keevi’s advanced punctuation tool, you don’t need to worry about adding punctuation marks to your captions. It will automatically add period, comma, exclamation point, question mark, etc.
With Keevi’s visual time and soundwave you can easily adjust the speed of captions and see the audio and video in visual forms which makes it easy to edit.
With Keevi you can manage lines per captions and characters per line that you want to show in your captions so that it’s easy to read and is visually appealing as well.
You can save your video in draft form. You can always come back to it, make changes and download it.
Once you have captions in place, you can download video and share on various social media platforms.
If you only want to export your captions you can do that with Keevi. Keevi helps you export captions in SRT, WebVTT and text formats.