How to Add Captions to YouTube Shorts

Looking for a quick and easy way to add captions to YouTube Shorts? It's not that hard... you just need the right tool.

October 27, 2023
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How to add captions to YouTube Shorts

With YouTube ranking as the second-largest search engine on the internet (surpassed only by Google), it’s always important to make sure that your video content is fully optimized for YouTube before posting — and that also holds true for YouTube Shorts.

While it’s still a fairly new feature, YouTube Shorts (which is essentially YouTube’s answer to TikTok) is already starting to gain popularity among content creators. And the more traction this platform gets, the more vital it will be to add captions to YouTube Shorts. After all, we know that 80% of social videos are watched on mute.

Luckily, we have an easy way for you to add captions to YouTube Shorts. So if you want to learn how to add captions in just a few clicks (and without breaking the bank), then keep scrolling to check out the simple walkthrough below!

How to Add Captions to YouTube Shorts

The best, simplest, fastest way to add captions to YouTube Shorts is with Zubtitle. Zubtitle’s state-of-the-art software allows you to easily add captions to YouTube Shorts (and any other social media videos) with just a few clicks. Here’s a step-by-step walkthrough:

1. Upload Your Video

After you’ve recorded your YouTube Short on your phone, you can sign into your Zubtitle account (or create a new one). You can then upload your video to your account by clicking the yellow Add a New Video button on the right-hand side of the screen.

2. Edit Your Captions

Once your video has been uploaded, Zubtitle’s captioning software will get to work doing what it does best. In just a few seconds, Zubtitle will automatically transcribe the audio in your video and convert it to timed captions. Now, while this may seem like magic, it’s not completely infallible. You’ll want to scan through the captions to make sure that everything looks right and that the timing is exactly the way you want it. If you’d like to make any edits to the text (like spelling or grammar), add emojis, or shift the timing of the captions, you can do so easily by simply pointing and clicking directly in the Text Editor.

3. Style Your Video

After you’ve made your edits, you get to move on to the really fun part. All that’s left is for you to decide how you want your subtitles to look. When you select the Text Styles menu, you’ll be able to choose a font (or upload a custom font), change the font size/color, adjust the text box, and more. You can also fine-tune the positioning of your subtitles.

You can also take advantage of Zubtitle’s other optimizing and styling capabilities like uploading your logo, adding a title headline, changing your background color, etc. Once you’re all done with your customizations, it’s time to render and download your newly optimized YouTube Shorts video!

Styling your captions for YouTube Shorts with Zubtitle

Do you want to add captions to YouTube Shorts?

Sign up for a free Zubtitle account today to get started! With our free plan, you can create two videos per month. To create up to 10 videos per month (and remove the Zubtitle watermark), check out our standard plan.

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