With the “silent watching” trend on the rise, adding closed captions to TikTok clips would be an excellent addition to your content creation plan for increasing engagement and accessibility of your content. Unfortunately, there’s no feature yet that allows you to add closed captions to your clips with subtitle files. You can, however, still add captions in another way for the same benefits. Here’s how you can caption your TikTok Clips in 4 steps.
1. Transcribe the clips
Creating a transcript before captioning your videos makes the process easier. You can fill in the text later on by simply copying and pasting the transcription on the correct parts of the clips. Plus, you can repurpose the transcription for new content. To transcribe your clips, have a word processor ready, play the clips, and write down the chatter as it plays. If your TikTok video has multiple clips or narration, organize and crop them first before transcribing.
2. Add the caption text
There are two ways you can add the caption text. Choose the way that suits your needs best:
Built-in text tool
TikTok has a built-in text feature that allows you to add textboxes to your clips. You can set these boxes to appear in the clip for a specific duration. To use the built-in text tool for captioning:
- Record your clips (or upload pre-recorded clips).
- Organize the clips the way you want on the timeline.
- Press the text button and write your desired text (or copy from the transcript).
- Set the font size, color, style, and alignment.
- Set the size of the text box.
- Hold and drag the text box to where you want it.
- Select the created textbox and click the clock icon on the upper right corner of the screen to go to the duration setting.
- Move the pink box along the timeline when you want the text to appear.
- Adjust the length of the pink box to set how long the text will show.
- Press “Done.”
- For multiple captions, repeat this process until you’re happy with the results.
The built-in text tool is a quick and convenient way to add captions to your TikTok clips without relying on third-party software.
Video-editing softwares offers robust text tools that let you fine-tune the text boxes more than TIkTok’s built-in text feature can. Any video editor will do, as long as you’re comfortable with it. To use video-editing software to caption your TikTok clips:
- Import your clips – make sure they fit TikTok’s video specifications.
- Add text using the video editor’s text tool.
- Modify the font settings to make it appropriate for TikTok watching.
- Adjust the length of the text to appear where you want it, for how long you want it.
- If you’re using the same font settings for all captions, copy the same text element as many times as you’ll need.
If you want to take your time and be more flexible and precise with your captioning, video-editing software is the option for you.
3. Check captioning
TikTok uploads tend to decrease in video quality due to compression, which can make your captions hard to read. You can upload your final clip as a private video to see if your captions are still readable after uploading. Other things to consider are:
- Font size
- Font color
4. Finalize and upload
When you’re happy with the captions, polish the rest of your clip, upload, and you’re done! You can watch your final upload one more time to see if your captions are readable and all in order. Adding captions to your TikTok clips can get taxing over time. Consider using machine transcriptions to make the job easier.