Subtitles are an extremely powerful tool that not only increases accessibility support but also, expands your work to new audiences who might better understand your work with captions or subtitles in another language.
Creating Subtitles Using YouTube (Free Method)
Using YouTube to generate subtitle files?!! Some may call us crazy, but it works well and it’s free!
To get started, upload your film or series to YouTube Studio as a private video (this way the public can’t see it since you’re only using YouTube to generate your subtitles). Then, you can use YouTube Studio’s built-in subtitling tool to add subtitles to your film timed to the action and dialogue. Once you are finished, YouTube Studio allows you to download your subtitle file as an SBV file.
Translating Subtitles (Free Method)
If you already have an SRT or VTT file of your subtitles, you can translate them online using a tool like substranslator.com. Upload your subtitle file and choose which language you’d like to convert the subtitles into and the system will automatically translate it for you and then you can download the subtitle file in the new language.
Hiring an Expert
Free tools require work and time from you in order to work well. If you have the time and dedication to put into it, then the tools above can be beneficial. However, if you have the budget to afford a professional, it can certainly up your game and free up your time. We strongly suggest hiring an expert to help if you are able to.
Some potential matches for you may include:
Pro-Tip: Consider Dubbing too!
Want to extend your audience even further? Consider adding dubbing into the mix to get your content into new languages.
Our friends at B-Sounds do a great job if you’re looking for dubbing in Spanish.