Subtitle/Caption Facebook Videos with Simon Says

Users are increasingly watching online videos without sound. This makes having subtitles even more important, besides fulfilling its key premise to make content accessible to those with hearing difficulties.

And the good news is it is super easy to automatically generate them for Facebook with Simon Says, the AI transcription and translation website / Mac app for your audio and video files.

Here's how:

If you are familiar with editing and exporting files from Simon Says, skip to Step 5.

  1. Upload your video file to Simon Says and click Transcribe. (Choose the language of the media to transcribe. You can translate to multiple languages later.) Fill in your payment details and click Let's do this
Choose the transcription language in Simon Says

2. Edit any items in the generated transcript

Edit your transcript in Simon Says

If you want your file translated to have multiple language support for your SRT, now is the time to do it. Please see our article on translating with Simon Says here.

3. Click Export, select Subtitles, and then select the suboption Facebook/Youtube, then click Let's do this.

Select Facebook/Youtube subtitles

4. Unzip the file that has been downloaded to your computer.

Unzip to extract your files

6. Open up your Facebook account and Click Photo/Video at the top of your timeline or News Feed

7. Choose the video from your computer, then click Post

Post the video from your computer

8. Facebook will notify you when your video is ready to view. Click the notification or the gray date and time at the top of the post on your News Feed or timeline and click to view the video

Facebook will notify you when your upload is completed

9. Click Options at the bottom and select Edit this video

Click Options > Edit this video

10. Click Choose File below Upload SRT files and select the .srt file you downloaded from Simon Says from your computer then click Save

Click Choose File
Click Save after uploading

11. Click ÔøΩ and select Edit Video. Click under Backup Language and choose a language, then click Save. (The backup language will only appear on videos where you do not have your preferred caption language available)

Select a default backup language

To add subtitles in other languages, repeat steps 9 and 10 for each additional language you want to add and change Backup Language if necessary. Play your file to make sure your captions display. (Make sure you have enabled Always view captions by clicking Settings in the video player and selecting More video settings)


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