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New! Autocaptions feature in Clipchamp

Posted February 5, 2023
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An image of the autocaptions feature.

Want to make your videos accessible or easy to follow while muted? Easily generate real-time captions in just one click. Using smart voice detection technology, our autocaptions generate a transcript for you. The transcript also creates an index of timestamps to help you navigate and edit your video better.

Explore how to add captions automatically to any video with Clipchamp video editor.

How to use autocaptions

Step 1. Add your video to the timeline

Drag and drop your video onto the timeline from your media tab. You can also record a video directly in the editor using our online webcam recorder located in the record & create tab on the toolbar.

Step 2. Add the autocaptions feature

Click on the captions tab on the property panel.

Next, click on the turn on autocaptions button.

A caption language detection pop-up 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.

To create your auto-captions, click on the turn on autocaptions button.

You will automatically return to the editor, and your captions will begin to generate. You can track the progress of your auto-captions in the captions tab. The amount of time it takes to generate your captions will depend on your internet connection and the length of your video.

Once your auto-captions are ready, they will appear at the bottom of your video preview and also create a transcript in the property panel.

Step 3. Playback your video

Click on the play button to playback your video with auto-captions.

You can navigate your video by clicking on a specific word on the transcript. The seeker will automatically jump to the video timestamp of the specific word.

Step 4. Save your video with autocaptions

To save your video, click on the export button and select a video resolution. We recommend saving in 1080p video resolution for the highest quality.

How to edit autocaptions

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). Only the owner of the video will have access to view and edit the video and transcript.

Editing the appearance of your captions

You can also edit the appearance of your captions. Click on the caption on the video preview to open the text tab on the property panel.

Here, you can edit the font and alignment of your captions. Click on the down arrow to view all of our font styles. You can also add your own brand kit font. Click on a font style to change your captions font.

To edit the alignment, click on the alignment options. You can move your caption starting point to the left, middle, or right side.

To change the color of your captions, click on the colors tab.

Select a different primary color and background color if desired.

Change the position and size of your captions using the transform tab. Click on the transform tab to open editing options. Use the position menu, or resize your captions using the size slider.

You can also freely edit the size and position of your captions using the freehand tool.

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 the download captions button in the captions tab on the property panel.

The SRT file will automatically download to your device.

How to turn off autocaptions

To turn off auto-captions, simply click on the turn off autocaptions button in the captions tab on the property panel.

The captions will be removed from your video. You can still export your video without captions.

Frequently asked questions

Is auto-captioning free for all users?

Yes. Clipchamp’s auto-captions feature is free for all users, including free users and paid subscribers.

What languages does auto-captioning 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.

Now that you know everything about our auto-captions feature, it’s time to apply the feature to your next video. Add auto-captions to any video with Clipchamp. Looking for more helpful new features? Explore over 20 new fonts you can edit autocaptions with.

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