CapCut Can’t Create Auto Captions [FIXED]

The overbearing influence of short-form videos over the past few years can’t be understated. TikTok, Instagram Reels, and YouTube Shorts are a testament to that. This easy accessibility to practically infinite visual content calls for innovative ways to convey a message with the least attention and concentration needed from the viewer, the most common being captions.

According to some research, besides improving accessibility amongst a diverse audience, closed captions have proven to increase viewer retention dramatically. It includes followers with hearing impairment, people who don’t know the language well, and those who pass their time watching videos in public without disturbing those around them.

Social media apps offer built-in tools for creating automatic closed captions when uploading videos, but they aren’t the most reliable. That’s where CapCut, one of the best video editing apps for short-form content, comes in. Aside from offering loads of flashy editing tools, it has an AI-assisted subtitle generator that saves you from manually typing out every word spoken in your videos.

The only drawback is sometimes CapCut can’t create auto captions, whether due to a bug, poor audio quality, complex or unclear speech, or something else. If you’re having trouble adding auto captions to your next TikTok or Reel, don’t worry – our troubleshooting guide will help you solve that.

How do I Get CapCut to Auto Subtitles?

Relaunch CapCut

Start with the tried-and-tested step that fixes even the oddest of technical issues, by which we mean relaunching the CapCut app. Whether you’re on mobile or desktop, ensure to save your project manually (CapCut auto-saves upon every change you make, but just in case), then exit out of the editor.

On Android, iPhone, or iPad, you can fully close CapCut by opening the Recents or App Switcher menu (either by swiping up from the bottom of the screen or double-tapping the Home button) and swiping up on the app window.

With CapCut closed, launch it from your home screen or desktop and choose the project you were trying to add captions to earlier from your workspace. If you don’t know already, here’s how to do it:

Adding Auto-Captions

  • Navigate to the Text tab at the bottom or left-hand side of CapCut’s editor interface.

Adding Auto-Captions

  • Choose Auto Captions, then select the “Sound source” based on what you want.
  • Pick “Original sound” if you want CapCut to generate captions for the pre-recorded speech in the video.
  • Pick “Voiceover” if your clip includes a voiceover added during editing.
  • Pick “Both”, assuming you want captions generated from the above sound sources.
  • Choose the language spoken in your video (English by default) and tap the Start or Create

It may take a while for CapCut to process the audio, generate the captions, and synchronise them with the playback, so be patient until the task finishes. Once done, you can manually edit any part of the caption that may be incorrect, tweak the text style, font, spacing, and colour, and even add animations and effects if you want.

For those using CapCut’s online tool, head to the Captions tab, select Auto captions, choose the sound source, set the language, and hit Generate.

Related Video: How To Add Captions like Alex Hormozi on CapCut (Tutorial for phone and PC)

Check Your Network Connection

Check Your Network Connection

Your device must be connected to the internet for CapCut to auto-generate captions for your videos. If you repeatedly see the Couldn’t create auto captions. Try again later error, your network connection might be to blame.

Therefore, ensure your mobile or computer has an active internet connection when using CapCut. If you’re on Wi-Fi, moving your device closer to your router while editing in CapCut should help. You may also try switching from Wi-Fi to cellular data (or vice-versa) and see if that allows you to use the auto-captions feature.

If you’re experiencing internet slowdowns, power-cycle/reboot your router, and assuming that doesn’t help, contact your service provider for further help with your connectivity issues.

It also may be that CapCut is experiencing an outage or some other technical trouble hindering the app’s ability to process and generate video captions. For those wondering where to check, sites like DownDetector track user reports to offer real-time service status.

We suggest taking a break from editing for a short while, and if CapCut resolves the issue from their end by then, you should be able to create auto-captions for your video project without further errors.

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Remove Background Noise

Video clips or audio tracks, particularly the ones recorded in a noisy environment, can be difficult for CapCut to transcribe and generate captions for. Thankfully, CapCut offers an AI-powered noise reduction feature for easy and effective ambient noise removal from your content. Here’s how you use it:

  • Select the video clip(s) or audio track(s) in the timeline for which you wish to remove background noise.
  • Navigate to the Audio tab in the control panel and tick the box for the “Noise reduction” feature.
    • In the mobile app, swipe through the options in the bottom bar to find the feature and toggle the slider for “Reduce noise”.

With the changes in effect, see if it allows CapCut to generate accurate captions for your video. Otherwise, you may need to add subtitles to your project manually.

Export Your Project First

Many users have observed that CapCut is consistently better at creating auto-captions for uncut videos than trimmed ones. It’s better you leave the captions out, touch up the rest of your project, and export it as a finished video.

With that done, create a new CapCut project and import your finished video. Repeat the steps to generate auto-captions (check the section above) for the complete video and see if that gives you more accurate results.

Check For CapCut Updates

CapCut often receives updates fixing tons of bugs, improving performance, and adding new features to offer a more polished experience. The auto-captions feature has seen noticeable improvements with recent versions, so we strongly encourage updating to the latest CapCut version for the best results.

If you’re using CapCut on an iPhone, iPad, or Android device, head to the App Store or Play Store, tap your Profile icon at the top, and navigate to the “Updates” section. If you see that a new version of CapCut is available, tap the Update button next to it.

To update the CapCut desktop app, click the Settings (gear) icon on the right-hand side of the title bar, then “Version…” in the drop-down menu. Next, click the Check for updates button. Assuming it prompts you about a more recent app version, click Install now.

Check For CapCut Updates

For those already on the latest CapCut version and are unable to use the auto-captions feature to generate video subtitles, the recent update has likely broken the feature. We suggest carrying out your issue to CapCut directly through the app or chatting with other CapCut users on community forums like the r/CapCut or r/VideoEditing subreddit for possible fixes.

Bottom Line

Captions make videos inclusive, and they often allow creators to convey their message to a larger following base and boost audience retention. Free video-editing tools like CapCut let users automatically generate and add captions to their content without putting in much work.

But sometimes, it may not function as intended, which this troubleshooting guide aims to resolve. If any of the highlighted solutions work, good for you– but provided they don’t, some other apps/services we suggest using for creating auto-captions are MixCaptions, Zeemo, CaptionTok, VEED.IO, etc.

CapCut might already be aware of the issue and is probably working to fix it with an upcoming update, so consider using TikTok or Reels’ auto-generated captions feature in the meantime.

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