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I would like to know if there is a way to add subtitles to any YouTube video.

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    @pnuts exactly yes – rainman Nov 14 '17 at 22:34
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You can add subtitles as long as the owner of the video allows it, if they have activated the community contribution then you are good to go!

Here I found the steps to do so:

Step by step guide

Translate YouTube Subtitles

  1. Go to the YouTube video that you want to translate
  2. Click on the settings icon
  3. Click on Subtitles/CC
  4. Find your language.
  5. If you don’t see it, don’t worry. You can get YouTube to do this automatically. Click on Auto-translate and choose your language. If auto translate isn’t clickable, first check an existing subtitles language and then try again. This should work
  6. YouTube uses Google Translate to create the subtitles translation so it’s not always perfect. However, this is better than nothing and you still get a better understanding of what’s being said. And there you have it, subtitles automatically translated into your language

Add Subtitles Translation Contribution

  1. If you’d like to help others that speak your native language understand the video, you can contribute your own translation or edit the auto-translation
  2. Go to the YouTube video
  3. Click on the three dots and select Add translations. Sometimes the video you requested isn’t enabled for community contribution. If it is enabled you can proceed.
  4. You can choose to translate the Title & description or the Subtitles/CC. In this case we’ll translate the Subtitles
  5. Select the language that you want to translate the video into
  6. Choose your language and click on Set language
  7. If your language has already been translated automatically or by someone else, you can edit the translations yourself
  8. If not, you’ll be able to see the original language separated by the timecodes. Input the translation for each sentence or autotranslate and go through to check and alter it. Then, click on Submit contribution. If you’re finished click on Yes, ready to be reviewed.
  9. And there you have it. The subtitles translated into your language!

There's a video also, check the site cause I copied the steps but the photos won't show, and that's the best way to follow the instructions.

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