Uploading videos to Facebook has been around for years now. Live video streaming has been around for years as well. The introduction of Facebook Live and live video streaming, however, is a #GameChanger, repeat G-A-M-E-C-H-A-N-G-E-R! The reason is simple, Facebook is where the people are so no matter how times you hear, “Periscope is better” or “You Tube Live will beat Facebook in the long run” the world is quickly adapting and adopting Facebook Live as a medium for LIVE and REAL TIME interaction and engagement.
Let’s agree on one thing, if you want a truly professional and high quality video there is no substitute for professional production and editing. This can, however, be painful and very time consuming and who what amateur video producer has time to mess with that? When it comes to powerful tools to directly edit uploaded and published videos, YouTube sets the bar here and there is no arguing they have the most robust tools, but it will still require time, knowledge and experience.
Have you noticed Facebook Live videos with captions, titles and subtitles? Truth be told, right now there is no way to publish captions for a Facebook Live video HOWEVER, once the Facebook Live video is uploaded and published, then the fun begins.
Here is where you may encounter problems. I struggled the first time and even the second time I created an *.srt file. Don’t worry, once you master the creation of the file and the naming of the file, you can pump these out in NO time! What you need to do is open Notepad, I use Notepad++, and create a new file. Copy the text below directly into the file, mind you this is just an example.
00:00:00,000 --> 00:12:59,000
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Edit and update the file to have the captions and titles match what is going on at the different milestones during the video. Below is a description of what each line above represents.
Here is where I encounter many challenges and I hope to solve this problem for you and save valuable time for you. The naming convention for the file you are creating in Notepad; name your file whatever you want, HOWEVER, make sure to add the extension .en_US.srt to the end of filename. Select All Files and make sure you use “ANSI” Encoding. You can click here to get naming conventions for other languages. Watch the video tutorial on top once again for more details.
Okay, if you have made it this far, CONGRATULATIONS! Now we upload and save the file. This is the point in which you find out if you prepared and named the file properly. Follow the instructions in the image below (upload the file and save). If you did it correctly the video will immediately play with your captions embedded, if you did not do it correctly you will receive an error message and need to make changes to the *.srt file or filename. This is where I got stuck, I thought something was wrong with Facebook. If you do a Google search you will find people that say it does not work, IT DOES WORK, do not listen to them. The problem is likely with your filename, double check your filename and make sure it is as described in Step 4.
Trying the (fairly) new Facebook Page Messages plugin below. Leave a message in the Facebook Page Message box below and we will build your captions *.srt file for you and deliver it within 24 business hours! This is a very cool new feature that allows visitors to your website to directly message your business page on Facebook (I LOVE IT). Note: You must be logged into Facebook in the same browser in order for this feature to work.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article, I hope you found it helpful and saved valuable time. One reason I wrote this article is that when I added captions to one of my Facebook Live videos, I struggled. I struggled mostly with naming the file and I am a programmer by discipline. Have a GREAT day and if you found this article helpful, PLEASE do share or leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you.