Why YouTube Stopped Community Caption Contributions

Why YouTube Stopped Community Caption Contributions

Community captions are a function in YouTube. This function allows a YouTube content creator to crowd source captions for their video content.

YouTube is shutting this down. Here is how it will affect you!

Change To Community Contributions On YouTube

Notice about an upcoming change to community contributions on YouTube
Notice about an upcoming change to community contributions on YouTube
  • Both creators and viewers have reported problems with the community contributions feature, including spam, abuse, and low quality submissions.
  • As a result, the feature is rarely used with less than 0.001% of channels having published community captions (showing on less than 0.2% of watch time) in the last month.

Who Uses YouTube Community Captions

Community captions emerged out of a cultural phenomenon known as fansubbing.

Basically, practice of making fansubs is called fansubbing and is done by a fansubber. Fansubbers typically form groups and divide the work up. The first distribution media of fansubbed material was VHS and Betamax tapes.

A major use case of fansubbing was translating Korean and Japanese anime for English speaking audiences.

Are Community Captions Relevant Going Forward

So there is clearly a requirement for adding captions/subtitles to video content. But are community captions the way forward?

We think the number speak for themselves - so no.

That being said, is the YouTube editor a great place to do fansubbing?

Probably not. There are many creative techniques in fan-subbing which have no direct analogue to captions or subtitles as our client use the technique.

VideoTranslator clients use subtitles for video SEO. Not as a creative curation (of sorts) of underlying content.

Should editors look for both video SEO and creative curation?
Should editors look for both video SEO and creative curation?

As an FYI - we are working on tools to make this happen right now - reach out to learn more!

What You Should Do To Improve Your Own Video SEO

Search Engines do not understand video, audio or images. They only understand text.

This is why you need captions and/or subtitles with any video content you produce.

Search engines cannot index video, audio or image, only text!
Search engines cannot index video, audio or image, only text!

Use the Keyword Planner in Google Ads - its the easiest way to increase your content spend ROI!

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