How to Add Captions to Your Videos With Facebook’s Automatic Caption Generator
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How to Add Captions to Your Videos With Facebook’s Automatic Caption Generator

Last week we published an article on Facebook’s new Live Audio feature and discussed the possibility of audio being an effective format for delivering your marketing content such as eBooks, interviews, and announcements. The notion of sound without moving visuals presents two interesting opportunities: firstly, you can focus only your words and not on design principles; secondly, listeners can internalize your content while doing other things.

Perhaps audio will lead the future of content marketing, but for now, it’s clear that video accounts for the majority of internet traffic and engagement on Facebook. Not to mention, when it comes to going viral, video is quite peerless. Video naturally engages more of our senses; and in the age of information overload, it’s pivotal for B2B marketers to offer content that is easily digestible.

Have no fear, marketers, because Facebook’s Automatic Caption Generator will upgrade your videos!

Why You Should Add Captions to Videos

Think of the last time you watched a video on Facebook – perhaps you were on the bus or train, so you watched it on mute. In fact, 85% of Facebook videos are being watched with the sound off. It may seem bizarre, but your audience should have the flexibility and convenience to watch videos without sound – and the video should still make sense.

Not to mention, this makes your awesome video content more accessible. Remember that not everyone watching your videos is a native speaker with perfect hearing. Sometimes captions or subtitles can make all the difference in your video getting another view.

But if you’ve ever transcribed anything – it can be a daunting and time-consuming task.

The solution?

What Is the Facebook Caption Generator and How to Use It to Add Captions to Videos?

Similar to YouTube captioning (who had this feature for a while), Facebook’s Caption Generator allows you to automatically add captions to videos and edit them afterwards, so people can follow them without any sound! The voice recognition software identifies each word and transcribes it automatically. While this technology is not yet perfect, it spares you the time of having to write word for word and allows you to easily edit the captions inside Facebook.


The step-by-step process of adding caption to videos with Facebook’s Caption Generator:

Step 1: Go to one of your videos and at the top right, select the “Edit Post” option. You can even go back to your Facebook Live Video and add in the captions!

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Edit post to add caption to video

Step 2: Next, click on the Captions tab and select ‘Generate’ to automatically create captions for your video.

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Generate captions for automatic Facebook posts

Step 3: A window will appear where you can view Facebook’s automated captions on the right side of the video.

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Preview captions for your video

Step 4: You can now edit your captions line by line, making sure they are synchronized with the visuals.

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Verify that your captions sync with the audio

Step 5: All you have to do now is click save and voilà – your video is officially ready to be viewed on mute!

There you have it – a quick, easy tool for enhancing your Facebook videos!

It’s Time to Get your Videophile On!

Facebook loves video and is investing in improving its algorithm to boost your video content – an effort that could seriously undermine your other marketing initiatives. Even the auto-playing of videos demonstrates Facebook’s preference of this medium above written posts.

Tailoring content to the whim of Facebook’s algorithm is only going to help you scale on this social network. Along with this, creating videos will drive significantly higher shares on Facebook. This fact has been proven by Buzzsumo who recently revealed that video is number one when it comes to content strategy.

The facts are clear-cut. Increasing your video output (particularly on Facebook) will increase your brand exposure! But it’s not about creating any video, it’s about creating the right video that’s going to be relevant, engaging, and valuable to your type of audience. B2B marketers should take the time to analyze the type of content that drove results in the past and recreate it in the form of video.

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