Vimeo Introduces Support for Captions and Subtitles
Updated: February 6, 2018
We’re really excited that Vimeo introduced support for captions and multilingual subtitles. Previously, video creators needed to use workarounds, like the captions plugin. Vimeo’s new capabilities simplify the workflow for video creators while increasing accessibility to a broader audience, including people with hearing disabilities and those who want to read along in a different language. Captions increase video engagement, improve comprehension, and make it possible to view the video in sound sensitive environments, like a workplace. The new features also help educational, government, and media users to comply with accessibility laws and internal policies.
How does it work? You can add Vimeo captions or multilingual subtitles in three easy steps that are summarized below.
Step 1 – Submit Your Video for Captioning
From your Vimeo account, download your video and upload it to 3Play Media for captioning and/or translation.
Step 2 – Download Your Completed Captions or Subtitles
From your 3Play Media account, download the WebVTT caption/subtitle format.
Step 3 – Upload Your Captions or Subtitles to Vimeo
In your Vimeo account, upload the captions and subtitle files.
You will see a CC button in the bottom-right- corner of the Vimeo player. Users will be able to turn the captions on/off or switch languages by clicking this button.
Demo with Vimeo Captions and Subtitles
Click the CC button to turn on the captions and multilingual subtitles.
What caption and subtitle formats does Vimeo support?
Vimeo currently supports WebVTT, SRT, DFXP/TTML, SCC, and SAMI formats.
What languages does Vimeo support through subtitles?
Vimeo supports many different languages. If you don’t see a particular language, contact Vimeo directly.
Do the captions and subtitles show up in full screen mode?
Yes, users can view the captions and subtitles in full-screen mode.
Do the captions and subtitles show up on an iPhone?
Does uploading captions to Vimeo help with video SEO?
Uploading captions helps indirectly with video SEO by increasing video engagement and making your videos accessible to a broader audience. If you are embedding a Vimeo player on your web site, you can directly increase video SEO by installing a captions plugin or an interactive transcript.
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