Since August 2017, I spent $2,473.24 on caption services through Rev.com for my YouTube videos. At about $1.25 per minute of captioning, it makes you wonder if Rev.com is really worth it. I’m going to weigh-in my thoughts and share why it’s been a game-changer for me as a YouTube video content creator.
Read till the end for a special discount for $10 off your first order through Rev.
What is Rev?
Rev is a service provider in audio transcriptions and video captions. They’ve been around for over a decade and have been at the forefront for quality captions at a deep discount.
Around May 2020, YouTube and Rev announced they were teaming up! Part of this partnership would include dis
counts for YouTube video content creators and direct integration of YouTube channels and Rev accounts. The integration was already in place, making the partnership a perfect match.
For years, many video creators didn’t know if they could trust the integration of Rev and YouTube. Now with the partn
ership between the two companies in place, YouTubers can breathe a sigh of relief and know it’s not a gamble at all. Their content is in good hands when entrusting it with Rev.
What Does Rev.com Do?
I’m not going to exhaustively list every last service Rev.com offers. After all, you can simply visit their site and get the most comprehensive look. I’m just going to highlight the services I used or find of interest in this post.
Whether audio or video, Rev can transcribe it for you. They have about a 12-hour turnaround for each order. If you have a particularly longer file, then it could take much longer than 12 hours. If it’s longer than 30 minutes, then you can expect the order to take longer than a day.
Why would I bring up a transcribing service on a blog about writing and self-publishing? It’s quite simple!
Are you strapped for time? Or, do find it hard writing a book? Even better yet, are you a better speaker than you are a typer? Then, dictate what you want to put into writing and Rev will do the heavy lifting.
No need to train a dragon or deal with wonky speech-to-text software. You can simply get a camera or audio recorder. Talk it out. Send the file to Rev and BAM! You’ve got your book all set and ready to be edited.
What if you’re running a business and need to get the latest meeting notes to everyone? And, you don’t feel like grinding it out at your keyboard for hours at a time. Good news, record that meeting. Then, while you’re out sipping margaritas and basking in the sunshine, Rev can do the heavy lifting for you. Doubly cool is you can even have the transcriptionist label who is speaking at a given time in a meeting.
Freakin’ next level genius stuff here!
At about $1.25 per minute for transcriptions and a 12-hour turnaround per order, transcriptions are a SWEET option.
THIS is where I spent the most money – captions. At about $1.25 per minute of content and a 24-hour turnaround, you can’t lose.
What you get from the service is insane! Rev provides just about every file format imaginable including:
- .srt – SubRip – this is the file most commonly used for closed captioning on videos. If you saw captions on YouTube, then it was because of this file.
- .srt – Facebook-ready SubRip – it’s essentially ready for Facebook’s stupid guidelines of proper titling. Rev saved you the extra few keystrokes to fix the standard .srt file.
- .scc – Scenarist
- .mcc – MacCaption
- .ttml – Timed text
- .qt.txt – Quicktime Timed Text
- .txt – Transcript – this is actually quite a nice feature. If you wanna take an old video and turn it into a blog post, then the .txt file is for you! Just a heads up, you’ll still have to edit and format the content BEFORE you publish it.
- Avid DS Subtitle File (.txt)
- Avid DVD Subtitle File (.txt)
- .vtt – WebVTT
- .dfxp – DFXP
- .cap – Cheetah .CAP
- .stl – Spruce Subtitle File
- And, other special order options
I don’t know what half those options. I figured I save you the hassle of Googling up the answer to what files Rev provides.
The whole point is Rev makes captions so your videos are more accessible to viewers.
Whether it’s for the hearing impaired or viewers who don’t want the hassle of sound, closed captioning is a win for everyone.
Why do I use closed captions? Indexing!
Indexing is the process where search engines organize information for a faster response for queries.
Isn’t the video enough? Sorta. Where your video can be pulled up based on relevance, the actual content isn’t indexable.
Enter captions. It’s the best way to create a text-based version of your video content. Then, search engines have an opportunity to know PRECISELY what your video is about without relying solely on the title, description, or keyword selection.
There are other benefits to account for beyond indexing.
Think about the user experience. You’re giving your viewers options. And, other benefits include:
- Support ESL Learners (English as a second language) – ESL viewers get to practice their chops on your videos. I think it’s pretty cool how some people could be learning English simply watching one of my videos.
- Improve average watch time – what if someone doesn’t quite fully understand you? Or, they don’t have the benefit of sound? Then, they’ll bounce if you don’t have anything helping them to understand what you’re saying.
Why Not YouTube Auto-captions?
YouTube has the option for video content creators to automatically caption their videos. But, is it any good? That’s certainly debatable. The other issue you run into is if your auto-captions are off, it can create false-positives in curse words or misunderstood words.
Skip auto-captions through YouTube. And, if you must use it, then be prepared to fix all the mistakes. That can take a LONG time based on your content.
What About Rev Auto-Captions
Here I am, punching down YouTube auto-captions, but then recommending Rev auto-captions instead. But, since Rev is REALLY big about standing behind their work, they boast an 80% accuracy. That’s not too bad. I don’t have an accuracy percentage for YouTube, but I’d gamble to say it’s less than 50% on a good day.
With Rev auto-captions, you get the same great benefits of human-captioning, but it’s done with a computer.
If you’re needing decent auto-captions with a fast turnaround, then Rev auto-captions might be for you. And, at about 25¢ per minute with a 5-minute turnaround, I’d say it’s worth it.
I tested it out on a couple of videos and compared it to the YouTube captions. It’s WAY better. Where you get nothing but an assault of words through YouTube, there’s at least punctuation with Rev.
Check out those videos below.
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Click the closed captioning icon in the bottom right of the video window. Then, select the gear icon and click on “Subtitles.” Now you can choose between “English (auto-generated)” (YouTube) and “English (United States)” (Rev). Compare and contrast each selection. You’ll be amazed by the difference!
Do you need your content translated? Well, Rev has you covered. They support 15 different languages and the price ranges between $3 and $7 with a 24-hour turnaround.
Before you order a standard English caption file, I recommend looking into the translations option. When you order a translation, the English captions come free. Yep! I wish I would’ve known that much sooner. But, here we are.
I tested out Spanish captions on a few videos and saw marginal results. Then again, I don’t have a large Spanish-speaking audience. I’m tempted to try it out for Hindi because I do have a following in India.
Check out this old video about Grammarly where I added Spanish subtitles: Grammarly Review: How Good Is it and Is it Worth the Money?
Live Captions for Zoom
So, are you tired of being the go-to note-taker in the workplace for your Zoom meetings? Would you like an easy way for people to follow along without having to guess what Mushmouth Mike said from accounting? Then, live captions is for you. It works on a subscription-based system with $20 per user. Will it be perfect? Possibly not, but at least it’s something…I’m looking at you, Mushmouth Mike!
Final Verdict on Rev
I spent nearly $2500, so do I think I’ll spend more? Absolutely!
In fact, every now and then, I get a comment on a video I don’t provide captions. They complain about the horrible auto-captions and wonder if I’m sick. No, I’m not sick…I’m just lazy and didn’t get around to captioning my videos. Lay off, man! haha
For you, does Rev.com make any sense?
This depends largely on your goals. If you’re a YouTube video content creator, then I say you should strongly consider building the expense into your budget, especially if you plan to make a go at this thing.
I’ll pass the mic off to you now! What do YOU think about Rev? Have you tried them? If not, what are your reservations? If so, what are your candid thoughts?
While your composing an answer in the comments below, why don’t you press play on this video 👇👇👇 and hear my brief thoughts about Rev?
Oh, and snag up that sweet $10 off coupon below. You’ll thank me later!
Special Discount for First-Time Orders
To get $10 off your first order, visit our affiliate link at DaleLinks.com/Rev. This comes out to 45 free minutes of automated transcriptions or 8 free minutes of the more accurate human transcriptions or video captioning. Or, you can always use it on their other services for subtitling or translations!
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