Step-by-Step: How to Generate Subtitles for Your YouTube Videos with AI

Video content garners views far more than any other content form in today’s fast-paced digital world where every other human spends a good amount of their time around or on screens. The latest research shows that an average human spends two minutes short of seven hours each day on screens with internet connections. That’s more than a half of a day. 

With so much available on the internet and the attention span of humans getting shorter,  curating videos that are engaging, easily comprehensible, and worth a person’s time can get tricky. Even more tricky is making them accessible to all audiences, including people with hearing impairments or people speaking languages other than the one used in your audio.


Being mindful of inclusivity and demonstrating that making your videos accessible to all is critical for the success of all YouTubers. Including subtitles in your videos is an essential stepping stone to success in this regard. 

Now, you must be thinking that it is time-consuming and draining work to manually transcribe and sync your subtitles with the video footage, and sure it is! Enter the power of AI, the game-changer in the realm of YouTube video editing. Artificial Intelligence-supported tools and applications can do the job for you by adding appropriate subtitles to your video. Wondering how?  

Read along for a step-by-step guide to generate subtitles for your YouTube videos with AI:

Step No. 1: Select an AI-powered tool to add Subtitles: 

The first and key step to adding subtitles to your YouTube videos is choosing an AI-powered video editing tool that can make the process for you hassle-free. And what better choice than Gling AI, an AI editing tool at the forefront of revolutionizing the YouTube video editing process? It can transcribe your entire footage down to those ‘umms’ and ‘ohs.’ 

Step No. 2: Download Gling AI

Now that you have chosen the best software in the game, Gling AI, the next steps are to download and launch it subsequently. Thankfully, both macOS and Windows support it. 

Step No. 3: Upload Your Final Video:

Now that you have Gling’s desktop application at your disposal, it is time for you to upload your video footage.

  1. Launch Gling AI:

Open Gling on your system.

  1. Upload or Drag and Drop your Video:

Drag and Drop your videos in the white box on Gling’s first page or upload your file by clicking on the ‘click to browse’ option. 

And don't worry about the format of your saved file because Gling AI supports various file extensions like:

  • mp4
  • mov
  • mkc
  • wmv
  • m4v
  • avi
  • ogg 
  • mpg 
  • mfx 
  • webm
  • braw
  • mp3
  • aac
  • wav
  • m4a
  • ogg

Make sure your footage is free of audio issues before you go ahead with transcription. 

Step No. 4: Let it Transcribe Your Video:

Now sit back and relax; let Gling transcribe your entire video. It uses natural language processing strategies to accurately make words out of your audio input.  The time it will take to complete your video’s transcription will depend on its length, but it is generally a quick process.


Step No. 5: Review and Edit the Transcription:

Read the transcription in the script window on the left side of your video and make amendments where needed. Gling’s AI technology is extremely advanced, yet some errors may arise due to issues with accents, field-specific words, or even background noise. Check grammar and spelling errors. If you find any, click on the word and choose the cut or correct option. 

Step No. 6: Add subtitles:

Now click on the enhance button in the upper tab of the box that contains your video’s transcript. And turn on the ‘Smart Captions’ option. It will add subtitles to your video.

Step No. 7: Customize the Appearance of Subtitles:

Customize how your subtitles appear in your video footage while keeping accessibility and appeal in mind, as well as your channel’s style.

  1. Adjust Positioning

Make sure that subtitles are positioned in an appropriate place so that they do not block important visuals. Choose to place them in the lower or upper area of your video by clicking on the subtitles box and dragging it with the cursor.

  1. Adjust Size

Click on the subtitles box and increase or decrease its size to make it readable to your liking. 

Step No.8: Double-Check the Syncing:

Thankfully Gling AI leaves no space for error by syncing your audio with the written subtitles with precision but just to be sure; review your video with the added subtitles to ensure they are synced well. 

Step No. 9: Export the Video with Added Subtitles:

After you are done with all the above steps and satisfied with the subtitled video, it is time for you to export it. Gling AI allows you to save videos in different formats.


  1. Use the export option in the upper right corner of your Gling screen.
  2. Choose your desired format.
  3. Save the video in your system. 

Step No. 10: Upload to Youtube:

Finally, upload your final video footage with subtitles to YouTube and publish it for your subscribers and audiences to watch with relish.  And guess what? Gling has not just made your video more accessible for a wider audience by adding subtitles but it also eased YouTube’s automatic captioning process in turn further boosting your content’s accessibility and search visibility. 

Final Thoughts

AI-powered tools have made the tedious and time-consuming process of editing and adding subtitles easy-breezy. Thanks to stellar AI-powered tools like Gling AI, YouTube creators can now be left with more time on their hands to work on enhancing the creative aspect of their content in the highly competitive world of YouTube content creation.

Now you can ditch the old ‘listen to the audio and manually type the transcript’ routine and let go of the thoughts regarding hiring an assistant for it without compromising on the accessibility of your videos. Just let Gling AI do its thing and have your subtitled video ready within minutes