The whole world is on the internet. Really – the web is the most international forum that has ever existed, by a long shot. And for certain massive platforms like YouTube, it’s especially true. Almost all YouTube content has an international audience, to some degree.

International communities often contain multiple languages, though, and translation is a valuable service – valuable enough that nearly all of the best video translation services online cost money to use. Many of these services, like Rev and Veed, produce excellent translations and provide a smooth experience. But you also have options that won’t cost you a penny. In this article, I’m going to show you how to translate YouTube videos quickly, all for free & online. Here’s how you can get started:

1: Copy the YouTube link
2: Auto-generate translated subtitles in Kapwing
3: Export and Download your translated video

Navigate to YouTube and find the video you want to translate. When you’re on the video page, right-click on the link in the URL bar and click “Copy.” Now the video’s link is copied to your clipboard so you can paste it into Kapwing’s auto-subtitler tool.

Step 2: Auto-Generate Subtitles in Kapwing

With your YouTube link copied, head over to Kapwing.com and click “Start Editing” to enter the Kapwing Studio. Here, paste the link you copied into the URL field and give Kapwing some time to upload your video to the Studio – for shorter videos, this may only take a few seconds.

Once your video is fully uploaded, click “Subtitles” in the upper toolbar. In the Subtitler menu, you can set up your language settings. Make sure the video's original language is correct, check the box that says "Translate transcript into another language, and choose your output language from over 60 options. The subtitle generator may take several minutes to generate text from your video, depending on how much speech it contains – give it some time, and Kapwing will automatically create translated subtitles for the entire video, in the language you selected. The generated captions should be highly accurate, but it’s a good idea to scroll through them to adjust punctuation and make any corrections that are necessary.

Step 3: Export and Download Your Translated Video

You’re almost there. Make sure everything looks the way you want, then click the red Export button in the upper right corner of the Studio window. Give Kapwing some time to process your translated video – for longer videos with many subtitles, this may take several minutes. When your video is finished processing, select “Download” and it will be saved directly to your device, with your subtitles added!

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