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How to use autocaptions in Clipchamp

Updated December 14, 2023

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Want to make your videos accessible or easy to follow while muted? Easily generate real-time captions in just one click with the autocaptions feature.

Using smart voice detection technology, our autocaptions generates fast captions and a downloadable transcript for you, with no typing required. The transcript also creates an index of timestamps to help you navigate and edit your video faster.

Explore how to use the autocaptions feature and download SRT files with Clipchamp.

How to use autocaptions

Step 1. Import and add your video to the timeline

To import your own videos, photos, and audio, click on the import media button in the your media tab on the toolbar to browse your computer files, or connect your OneDrive.  You can also record a video directly in the editor using our webcam recorder in the record & create tab on the toolbar.

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Next, drag and drop your video onto the timeline.

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Step 2. Add captions to your video

To use the autocaptions feature, click on the captions tab on the property panel.

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Next, click on the turn on autocaptions button.

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A caption language detection popup window will appear. Select the language that is used throughout your video. You can also check the box to filter any profanity and offensive language. When you're ready to continue, click on the transcribe media button. You can also click on the cancel button if you wish to exit the popup window.

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You will automatically return to the editor and see your subtitle text being generated in the captions tab on the property panel. The captions generation time will depend on your internet connection, speed, and the length of your video.

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Once your captions have loaded, a transcript will appear in the transcript section of the captions tab on the property panel. Your captions will also appear on the video preview window.

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Step 3. Preview and save your video in HD

Before saving your video, make sure to preview by clicking on the play button. When you’re ready to save, click on the export button and select a video resolution. We recommend saving all videos in 1080p video resolution for the best quality. Paid subscribers can save in 4K video resolution. 

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How to edit autocaptions and customize appearance

Editing the transcript

If a word is misspelled or incorrect in the transcript, click on the specific word on the transcript and rewrite the word(s).

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Editing the appearance of your captions

To edit the appearance of your subtitles, click on your captions on the video preview. This will open up different options on the property panel. Next, click on the text tab on the property panel. Here, you can edit the font, size, alignment, colors, and position.

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You can also add fades, effects, and adjust the colors of your captions using the tabs on the property panel. If you add any effects to your captions, make sure they're still clear and readable for viewers.

How to download the SRT file from your autocaptions

SRT is a standard format for representing subtitles, also known as SubRip subtitle file format. SRT files give you the option to auto add subtitles to a video after it’s produced.

You can download your SRT file by clicking on captions tab on the property panel, then on the download captions button. Your captions transcript will download to your device. Downloading your video's transcript is the perfect addition to any PowerPoint presentation or video slideshow to further help your viewers.

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How to turn off autocaptions

To remove captions from your video, simply click on the turn off autocaptions button in the captions tab on the property panel. The captions will be removed from your video and you can still export your video without captions.

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How to hide autocaptions

You can hide captions on your video by clicking on the hide captions in video toggle. This will hide the captions from your video preview, but keep the transcript in the captions tab.

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Frequently asked questions

Are autocaptions free for all users?

Autocaptions is free for all users, including free users and paid subscribers.

What languages does autocaptions support?

There are many languages available to choose from. You can take a look at our full list of languages here. Currently, we only support a single language for each video.

Who has access to this data?

No one has access to the data. Microsoft Automatic Speech Recognition involves no human intervention, meaning no one will have access to the audio at any time.

Does Clipchamp store any caption data?

Yes. Caption data is stored with your Clipchamp video, which can only be accessed by you.

If I don't want Clipchamp to process this data, can I prevent it?

Do not turn on the auto-captioning feature if you don’t want Clipchamp to process any data.

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