Do you need to add captions to sermon videos?

Whether sermon videos need captions or not is one of the most frequent questions we came across during our research. Several pastors also reached out to us with similar questions on how to combine text and sermon snippets.

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Sermons are generally long and are clearly an important part of the entire service. But sharing the entire sermon on social media or YouTube precisely can be cumbersome for the viewers. It is best to have captions on videos for the following reasons;

  • Videos with captions is accessible to more people
  • Captions on videos are helpful for the visually impaired too
  • Videos can be viewed on mute if they’ve captions. According to Digiday, 85% of Facebook viewers view videos on mute.

Here is a short glimpse of how a video adds more value with captions.

Pro Tip: Most video editors allow adding text on videos but most of them have to be added manually or else by creating a .srt file. But there are a few editors that allow you to auto-generate captions/subtitles like Typito.

Hope this helps!

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If you plan to add captions on a sermon video, here are two ways you can do it:

  1. Get SRT files created using online services like Rev. You will be required to share the video file with them and they will send you the SRT file (a format used for sub titles or captions).

  2. Use an online video editor like Typito to add on-brand captions using automated speech-to-text conversion process. Here’s an video that explains how to add captions on a Pastor’s Message video. The same process can be used for a Sermon video as well.

Hope this helps!
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