As the world’s leading live streaming platform for gamers, Twitch only continues to advance to the top. Gamers and other content creators flock to the platform to stream their gaming sessions, live shows, events, and more. According to the official 2017 end of year report from Twitch, 124 million clips were stored on the platform, with 1.7 billion views between them. These numbers continue to grow today. There is no doubt that this platform is one of the best places to stream.
However, whether you’re an established streamer or just a newbie, you should be looking to find ways to add closed captions or subtitles to your Twitch videos.
Why you should be adding closed captions to your Twitch videos:
If you want to grow your audience, connect more with them, and make sure your content is accessible to all kinds of viewers, adding closed captions to your Twitch videos and streams is a must.
Closed captions and subtitles can help you grow your audience. With it, you’ll be able to target viewers from different parts of the world, gain new fans, and even reach casual audiences or beginners. This is such an effective and easy way to multiply those view counts and help you grow your fanbase as a streamer.
Closed captions also allow you to connect more with your viewers. They’ll be able to understand you better and learn more about you and your style. At the same time, you’ll also be able to articulate more and be clear with anything you’re discussing on your stream.
Best of all is that you’re making your content more accessible to all kinds of audiences with closed captions, including the deaf community. People with hearing impairments will be able to watch your videos and enjoy them much like everyone else
At this point, adding closed captions or subtitles should not be second-guessed anymore. Instead, it should be a priority, not just for your sake as a streamer or content creator, but for the convenience of your audience as well.
Here are a few ways you can start adding closed captions to Twitch:
Use a free transcription service
One of the best methods is to use a free transcription service. All you need to do is record your Twitch stream, upload the audio or video or recording, and have it transcribed within minutes without spending a dime. You can then use these transcriptions to create subtitles and closed captions which you can upload to your Twitch videos. With this, you’ll also be able to distribute your video content to other platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.
Add an extension
Twitch.tv itself has a dashboard extension that will help you insert closed captions on your live streams. Known as the Stream Closed Captioner, this extension will enable live captions for your viewers. It also has paid translation features. All you need to do is enable the Video Overlay or Panel, download and install the extension, sign in with your Twitch account, and start streaming. Though it may seem uncomplicated, this adds multitudes to your content therefore boosting their value to the audience.
Utilize a broadcast encoder
Twitch also allows you to offer live captions for your audience through a broadcast encoder. The Live Closed Captions system on Twitch accepts captions in line 21 CEA-708/EIA-608 format and in CC1 NTSC field 1. You can utilize programs such as OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), which is used to capture and record your screen while also capturing audio, and therefore able to transcribe speech.
Keep these things in mind as you get ready for your next live stream on your Twitch channel!