Don't speak English? Click here to translate the video tutorial into your language using YouTube's translation.Create a New Account | Sign In

VideoCritter: A Simple Free Online YouTube Video Captions Creator/Editor

Easily create subtitles and closed-captioning that can be translated into other languages.

Enter the YouTube URL:

This URL is:

INSTRUCTIONS - How to use the controls and features:

To begin experimenting now without an account, sign-in with the username "public" and the password "test".

To start creating captions, first create an account and log in. Then enter your video URL into the form above the player. Once the video is playing, to add a caption you simply click on the "cc Edit" button right after you've heard the dialog you want to transcribe. A new caption will be created that covers the previous 4 seconds. Then simply type your caption directly onto the screen, then press ENTER once to save the caption. Pressing ENTER a second time will start the video playing again, and pressing ENTER a third time will pause the video and begin a new caption that is automatically set to cover the previous 4 seconds, which is about the amount of speech that a transcriber can hold in short-term memory. You can change the default caption length to whatever you want (except 0) by entering a value into the "DEFAULT LENGTH (SECONDS):" field.

To PAUSE/PLAY the video, you simply press the ENTER key or click anywhere on the video itself. If in "cc Edit" or "Critter" mode, you'll see a little JOG/SHUTTLE WHEEL. Click on it to PAUSE/PLAY. To move FORWARD at various speeds, rotate the wheel to the right by dragging the little knob. To REWIND, rotate the wheel to the left. To skip forward to the next caption, press the TAB key. To skip backwards to the previous caption, press Shift-TAB.

Finally, when you are finished with your captions, click on the "Download" button on the bottom of the player window and it will display the captions file which you can save to your local drive for later upload to YouTube.

  • After clicking the "Download" button, a file named "captions.txt" will begin to download. You'll need to save that to your Desktop, or somewhere you'll remember later when it's time to upload it to YouTube.
  • Then you go to YouTube, Log In, and Open up "My Videos".
  • From there, you choose the video that you just captioned and select "Edit", "Captions and Subtitles", and click on "Add New Captions or Transcript". From there, you can upload the captions file that you saved to your Desktop earlier.

If you want to create a link to this page so that the video automatically plays, add the video's URL to our URL as shown below. You can also enter a JW Player-compatible playlist URL here, as well as the address to an online MP4 video file.

This is basically a NETWORK-BASED NONLINEAR VIDEO application, so in order to use the best features (such as jumping around in the video or looping) you'll need to have a fast broadband connection to avoid strange behavior and delays while scrubbing due to internet network latency. The nonlinear access in YouTube should give acceptable results for most people. If you have a slower connection, just pause the video and wait a little while for it to download, then just work on that portion of the video that has buffered.

This free online tool enables anybody to add captions to videos. The player is a modified version of the open-source JWPlayer, with a Plug-in that works with the modified player. It can export captions in the YouTube format so you can take advantage of Google's machine-translation service to make your videos much more understandable to people who speak different languages or who are hearing impaired. The world is a big place, and there's a lot we need to learn about each others' media and cultures. I recently added support for Unicode, as long as the user has a Unicode font installed on their system. At the moment, this supports left-to-right languages, but it doesn't yet support caption creation in right-to-left languages. That will come later.

Good luck with your captioning. Have fun with it, and know that you're going to reach a whole new appreciative audience now that your video has captions.

- Ken Meyering, VideoCritter Developer (I can be reached via e-mail at: )