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GET MORE TWITCH VIEWERS | Add Closed Captioning to OBS

Make Your Streams Accessible and Grow Your Audience with Closed Captions!

Have you ever considered adding closed captions to your streams? It’s a fantastic way to reach a wider audience and improve accessibility for everyone who tunes in. Not only does it benefit viewers with hearing impairments, but it also caters to people who might be watching in noisy environments or with the sound muted.

Here’s the surprising fact: even muted viewers still count towards your viewership! So, let’s get you set up with closed captions using OBS.

Easy Installation and Configuration of Closed Captions in OBS

1. Download the Plugin:

The first step is to grab the Closed Captioning OBS plugin. You’ll find a link to the plugin in the video description. The plugin page provides downloads for various operating systems. Choose the one that matches your system (e.g., Windows, Mac).

2. Install the Plugin:

Once downloaded, you’ll receive a ZIP file. Extract the file and locate the .dll file (typically named “closed_captions.dll”). Now, navigate to your OBS Studio installation folder. For most Windows users, this will be C:\Program Files\OBS Studio\OBS-plugins\64bit. Simply copy and paste the .dll file into this folder.

3. Configure Closed Captions in OBS:

Open OBS Studio and head over to the “Tools” menu. Scroll down and click on “Cloud Closed Captions.” To ensure everything is set up correctly, click the “Settings” button in the top right corner of the new window.

  • Caption Source: Here, select your microphone as the source for the captions.
  • Caption When: Choose “Caption Source Here on Stream” to ensure captions appear only when your mic is unmuted (avoiding background noise).
  • Language: Set this to your language (e.g., English).

Feel free to explore the other settings if you wish, but these are the essentials for basic functionality.

4. Optional: Dock the Preview Window:

For convenience, you can dock the captions preview window. Click on the “Docks” menu in OBS and select “Captions.” This will display a small window showing the live captions as you speak.

5. See it in Action!

Now, let’s test it out! Start a stream on your platform (e.g., Twitch) using a test account. When you hover over the video player on your test stream, a “CC” button should appear. Click on it to activate the closed captions.

Congratulations! Your viewers can now enjoy your stream with closed captions. They even have the option to customize the caption appearance (color, size, etc.) through the platform’s settings.

By adding closed captions, you’re creating a more inclusive and accessible streaming experience, potentially attracting a wider audience and boosting your viewership. So why not give it a try?