Twitter Accessibility Improves With the Ability to Add Captions to Videos

August 23, 2021 BY ELISA LEWIS

If you’ve been on Twitter recently you may have noticed several changes, including some changes to the overall look and feel of the website. Twitter says these changes – including a new proprietary font, high color contrast, and increased space on the page – will make the site more accessible, less cluttered and easier to use.

While there has been some back and forth over just how accessible these changes really are, there’s one accessibility update that can’t be denied – you can now upload an SRT caption file with your video!

How to Add Subtitles to Videos on Twitter

In the past, you needed a Twitter Media account in order to upload an SRT file to your videos on Twitter. If you didn’t have a Twitter Media account, there were a few workarounds, including uploading a video with open captions or uploading your video to YouTube or Vimeo and linking from there. Neither of these were a great solution, and they certainly indicated that Twitter accessibility was not a main priority.

With this new feature, there are only a few steps needed to add captions to your Twitter videos:

  1. Upload your video as you would normally create a Tweet
  2. Select “Upload caption file (.srt)” and select your .srt caption file from your file menu.

Screen capture showing where to click to upload Twitter SRT file


How to Create an SRT File for Twitter Videos

Now that you know you can upload SRT files to Twitter, you may be wondering what an SRT file is and where you get one!

SRT (or SubRip subtitle) files are one of the most common file formats used for subtitles & captions. There are a few ways you can obtain an SRT caption file. One way is to use a professional captioning vendor, like 3Play Media. This is a great solution, particularly if you have frequent video accessibility needs. 3Play Media provides highly accurate, reliable and simply integrated captions in addition to transcription, translation, live captioning, and audio description.

Alternatively, with a little bit of time, you can create DIY captions yourself. SRT files are the easiest format for writing do-it-yourself closed captions. This method is best if you have one-off captioning needs or personal needs when you don’t have a captioning budget. Most media players, lecture capture software, and video recording software are compatible with SRT caption files – and now Twitter is as well. We’ve put together this step-by-step guide to help you create an SRT file so that all of your videos can be accessible.

However you choose to caption – we’re thrilled at this increase in Twitter accessibility!


Learn how to create an SRT file with this FREE guide!

DIY captioning – how to create SRT files: a step-by-step guide with link to download

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