My First Captioned Video on YouTube!

YouTube Annotations
Originally uploaded by Daniel Greene

When I signed on to YouTube this morning, I noticed a new feature called Annotations that allows you to add Speech Bubbles, Notes, and Spotlights to your videos. I realized right away that the first two of these types of annotations gave me a way to caption my videos. They don’t allow for “closed” captioning; everyone who views the video sees them by default. There is a mechanism people can use, though, to turn them off while viewing them by clicking on the Menu button at the bottom of the player.

This morning, I captioned a video that I recorded on Mother’s Day. At the time of this writing, it seems that you can only see the captions if you view the video on YouTube. YouTube says that, once they get this feature out of beta, they will support embeds, meaning that the annotations will show up when videos are shared in blogs, on Facebook, and the like.

Although it was time-consuming (it took me about 45 minutes to an hour to caption a one-minute-forty-five-second [1:45] video), the graphical user interface (GUI) was rather intuitive. From my first experience using YouTube’s Annotations, I am certainly willing to use them again. Hooray for an easier way to caption videos!





2 responses to “My First Captioned Video on YouTube!”

  1. LaRonda Avatar

    Daniel, Daniel, Daniel…… whoo…. you woo me!

    I am Deaf. I cannot hear a note you sing. But you sang to my heart, dear one! I simply beam! Swaying on the vibrato that rides your adams apple…. and breathing sighs when you close your eyes…. my skin tingles at the long drawn out notes that I swear I can hear deep in my psyche….. if no where else.

    Many will not understand. Many may turn away, but know, dear one, you have moved one heart with your sunshine.

    Love. Love.

    ~ LaRonda


  2. Bill Avatar


    I would recommend for captioning, although their site is slow right now. The interface make it much easier, and you can use to post, or export the subtitles and import them into Google Video.

    (Proudgeek review –

    My captioning still takes about an hour for 3 minutes, although you can cut your time in half with a transcript/lyric sheet.

    I’ve never dared to video myself singing though. (I am on the internet every third week with my church Praise team, but it’s only streamed, not recorded, so I don’t have to see/hear myself)

    Good show – now I’m going to check out the rest of your site.


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