Introducing the Captions Plugin (the easiest way to add searchable captions or subtitles to any video)

February 4, 2012 BY TOLE KHESIN
Updated: January 4, 2018

After many months of design and development, we’re excited to finally unveil the 3Play Media captions plugin – a free tool that lets you add searchable closed captions or multilingual subtitles to almost any video.

Captions and subtitles can be complicated to set up and unreliable. That’s because every video player has its own quirks and some players don’t even support captions or subtitles. Those that do can be fussy about the caption format and often provide limited usability options. The captions plugin solves all of these problems and makes captioning easy. It also makes your video searchable and SEO-friendly. See a demo.

Introducing the Captions Plugin

  • Section 508 and ADA compliant captions
  • Multiple language subtitles
  • Searchable and interactive
  • SEO boost
  • Works with the most popular video players
  • On/off toggle
  • Position and style can be customized
  • Captions can be edited on the fly

How It Works

The captions plugin is installed by inserting an embed code on your web page. Your 3Play Media account dynamically generates the code based on your specific video player and custom settings. Once installed, the plugin will automatically communicate with your video player and you can have multiple captions plugins working with different video players on a single web page. The captions data and search are hosted by 3Play Media.

Watch how to install the captions plugin
See a demo and learn more
Support documentation
FAQs about the captions plugin

Searchable Captions & Subtitles

The captions plugin lets users search the captions or subtitles and navigate to any point in the video by clicking the text.

Introducing the captions plugin

Video SEO

The captions plugin improves video SEO by providing a way for search engines to index the spoken content in the video. To get the SEO benefit, the transcript needs to exist in the web page source code. By enabling the SEO Transcript option, your transcript gets appended to the embed code inside <noscript> tags. Viewers will not see the transcript, but search engines will. For shorter videos, the entire transcript will be added. For longer videos, only the first section of the transcript will be added to avoid getting penalized by search engines for long load times.

caption plugin - video SEO transcript

Works With Most Video Players

The captions plugin works out of the box with many different video players, even those that don’t support captions or subtitles, like Vimeo. Supported players include Brightcove, YouTube, Kaltura, Vimeo, Ooyala, JW Player,, Flowplayer, and Wistia.

captions plugin - Brightcove, YouTube, Kaltura, Vimeo, Ooyala, JW Player,, Flowplayer, and Wistia

Read the free report: 2017 State of Captioning.

The closed caption CC icon shown in the middle of a TV.