A .srt file is a common name for the extension SubRip computer files and a commonly used file format for subtitles or closed captions on videos. The benefit of using a .srt file is that when it is added to a video to create the captions it enables search engine crawler bots to index your video more accurately due to the additional text file.
Although automatic captions are generated and all videos that contain speech when uploaded, Google and all other search engines do not consider them accurate enough to use as reliable information about your video content.
How to create a .srt file
Creating a .srt file to add to your video is quite easy and involves six easy steps. These 6 steps are taken from a post by Andrew Meer on Techwalla
Divide each subtitle phrase into numbered sections when creating an SRT file. Type “1” (without quotes) and then press “Enter” to start creating the first subtitle phrase.
Enter the time span to display the subtitle phrase when playing the movie. For example, if you want the first subtitle phrase to be displayed from the second minute to the third minute of the movie, type “00:02:00 –> 00:03:00” (without quotes) and press “Enter.”
Type the subtitle phrase and press “Enter” to finish creating the first subtitle phrase.
Type “2” (without quotes) for the second subtitle phrase and follow steps 3 and 4 to create the second subtitle phrase. Do the same for the other subtitle phrases that you want to create, but ensure that you separate the subtitle phrases into numbered sections.
Save the file in the SRT file format after you finish creating it. To do so, click “Start” and then click “Save.” Select “All Files” from the “Save as type” drop-down menu. Next, type a name into “File name” field and type “.srt” (without quotes) after it. Click “Save.”
Conclusion – Outsource?
Depending on the length of your video, podcast, or webinar depends on the length of time it will take to actually produce the transcript to add to your video. Outsourcing the creation of the transcript process may well be worth considering.
At Virtuadmin I have created many transcripts for closed captioning purposes. If you would like to hire me to quickly create your transcript please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, I have active freelancer profiles on People Per Hour and Fiverr and would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the process.