Adding subtitles on a Facebook video

Subtitles are becoming more and more important, especially for digital content creators and accessibility reasons. Not only does the on-screen text help the hearing-impaired audience members, but when it comes to digital content, a big part of the viewers also don’t listen to videos with sound, so subtitles are a great way to go if you want to make sure your videos reach a wide-ranging audience.

In which format do I download my captions?

  • SRT (SubRip Text): The SRT format is simple: Each caption has a number, a start and end timecode (in decimals), and one or more lines of text with HTML tags. SRT captions can be imported or exported as separate files, but they can’t be embedded in an output media file. Unlike captions in other formats, exported SRT captions can be read and edited in a plain text editor.

Pro tip: Facebook's captions need to be named in a specific way. Thanks to your feedback, we now have the option to download an SRT file specific for Facebook, which will name the file automatically for you when downloading it.

Adding subtitles in Final Cut Pro X:

Step 1: Import your files

Importing captions is very easy:

  • From your News Feed, click 'Pages' in the left menu
  • Go to your Page, and click Photo/Video at the top of your Page's timeline, then select a video from your computer
  • Once your video has uploaded, click Subtitles & Captions (CC) in the column on the right
  • Once your video has finished uploading, select the SRT file
  • Click Next, then click Publish

Optional step: Add additional languages

If you want to use our Translation tool to produce subtitles in different languages, you can do it as well! You will find a full step-by-step guide on this article.

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