Closed Captioning (CC) for nanoHUB videos: Downloading CC Text Files

by Joseph M. Cychosz, Margarita Shalaev

How to Download Closed Captioning Text Files (.SBV)

  • You may also be interested in downloading the actual closed captioning text, for instance if you would like to compile video text into a book. In order to do this, follow the instructions below.
    • NOTE: You may only download CC text for videos you upload onto your own YouTube account.
  1. Login to your YouTube account.
  2. Under your account name, click on “Videos”.
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  3. Select the video for which you would like to obtain CC text.
    • In this example, we chose the first video in the list: “Atomic Picture of Plastic Deformation in Metals: Prelab Lecture”.
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  4. In the menu bar at the top, click on “Edit captions/subtitles.”
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  5. Under “Available Caption Tracks”, you will see “English: Machine Transcription”. Click on “Download.”download CC.png
  6. An SBV file will be downloaded to your computer.

How to Open/Edit an SBV File

  1. Follow the instructions above to download the SBV file.
    • The SBV file extension is a file type used by YouTube.
    • It contains both the CC text as well as the timestamp for when the text is displayed.
  2. The SBV file can be opened with a simple text editor such as Notepad or TextEdit.

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