How to Add Arabic Subtitles to Your Videos & Movies
With online video content becoming more and more popular, accessibility is a high priority for those in the media and entertainment fields. The question isn’t “if” you should add text to your videos, but more “how?” you can do it effectively and in a way that broadens and benefits your viewership.
One way to do this is by adding Arabic subtitles to your videos.
Whether you have experience with captions or subtitles, Rev makes it easier than ever to get started. In this blog, we look at the steps to generating Arabic subtitles and creating content that a wide audience can enjoy.
So, if you’ve ever wondered, “how can I add Arabic subtitles to my YouTube videos?’ or ‘how can I create subtitles automatically’ keep reading to learn how Rev can help.
Why You Should Add Arabic Text to Your Videos
Adding any kind of subtitles or captions to your videos has a range of benefits such as:
- Accessibility – the deaf or hard of hearing aren’t the only ones who can enjoy film this way. Adding text ensures those who don’t speak the language the video has been filmed in or are watching the content without sound can still engage with it.
- Marketability – most media players on social media are designed for use with sound on or off. Regardless of the viewer’s selection, you can still get your message across when adding captions and subtitles.
- Compliance – accessibility laws have evolved, and depending on the country, theaters, streaming services, and websites often need to add text to comply with these rules.
Adding Arabic subtitles to your videos adds another layer to your content, allowing Arabic speakers to understand, interact and engage with your video content.
How to Generate Arabic Subtitles
The first step to creating subtitles or captions is generating the text.
To get an accurate text from your video, you’ll need to create a transcription file. While you can do this manually, it’s a labor-intensive task and may not be the best use of your resources.
Instead, using a service like Rev’s transcription tool will give you an accurate transcription and save you time and effort.
If you do have a bit of spare time, AI transcriptions are a cheaper option but often require extensive checks and edits to make sure they match the audio. Alternatively, you can get human-generated transcripts which are 99% accurate and require little to no editing.
Once you have your transcript, you can get it translated into Arabic and use the translation as the basis for your subtitles. This can be a time-consuming process, so many choose to use a service like Rev to help them generate their Arabic subtitles.
How to Add Arabic Subtitles to Your Videos with Rev
1. Upload your video
To start the process, upload your video to Rev. You can upload a file direclty from your computer, paste a URL, or link Rev to your YouTube or Vimeo account to direclty pull videos from the platform.
2. Choose ‘Arabic’ and let Rev get to work
Next, select ‘Arabic’ from the languages drop down menu and we’ll get started on your subtitles. Our human-generate subtitles convert all speech and atmospherics from the video you upload inot text, delivering fast, accurate and high-quality work.
At this stage, you’ll also have the option to order burned-in Arabic subtitles for your videos. We’ll talk more about this option later.
3. Download and use your new subtitles
Once our professionals have generated your subtitles, we’ll email them over to you as your choice of file format, making it easy to add Arabic subtitles to a movie or video project. They’ll be ready upload to whichever video-hosting platform you’re using. This service also has a guaranteed 24-hour turnaround time so you can quickly make your content accessible to a wide audience.
Using Burned-In Subtitles
When you create Arabic subtitles with Rev, you’ll have the option to generate various file formats or make them burned-in.
When you embed, or “burn”, subtitles and captions the subtitles are written into the video itself, meaning they are always on and are aligned exactly with what’s happening on screen. This makes your content very accessible, removing the need for users to enable or turn on subtitles to understand your video. It also protects your videos from poor third-parting captioning services and ensures they are compliant with a range of regulations since hardcoded subtitles are sometimes required by streaming video providers.
While doing this manually takes a lot of time, using a service like Rev’s open caption service will help you generate fast and accurate burned-in Arabic subtitles for your videos.