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How to add a TEDx Talk to Amara

Thanks to Anastasia Bashuk who raised this issue in Subtitles does not show at YouTube.

TEDx Talks that are posted on YouTube by the "TEDx Talks" user should be first added to Amara's TED team, and only then can be subtitled by the team members. They should not be added to the general Amara videos using the form in

So if you ind a TEDx Talk  on YouTube, please follow the indications in the How to add a TEDxTalk to Amara video tutorial. I.e., in text:

  • Join the TED team if you are not yet a member, and sign in with your member ID
  • Check if the video has already been added to the team by searching in its Videos page.

If the video has been added to the TED team
- as for instance  Government of the people, by the people, for the people | Thabitha Khumalo | TEDxPlaceDesNations -
  • open it
  • click on the "View tasks for this video." link on the left: this will show you the tasks available in your languages,

If the video has not yet been added to the TED team, use the form in to request its addition: you will receive an email notification when it is ready for subtitling.

Finally, if you chance upon an existing Amara video page for a TEDx talk that has not been added to the TED team, please do not make subtitles there. Instead, find the original video via its URLS tab.

  • If the video was added to YouTube by the "TEDx Talks" user, use the form in to request its addition to the TED team
  • If the video was added to YouTube by another user, search YouTube for a version added by the "TEDx Talks" user, then use the form in to request its addition to the TED team.

Claude Almansi

First, you sign up to become a TED OTP Translator.

Once you’re accepted, you need to learn the guidelines on how to caption and translate TED and TEDx talks. This is not an easy process. It takes a good amount of effort and study to learn the procedure, the rules and guidelines before you start actually doing the translations. It also helps to watch all the tutorials. 
Here are the tutorials you need to watch and learn first.

Then you sign up as a translator at and learn to use the Amara subtitle editor.

Once you find a TED or TEDx talk you want to translate, you accept the task for translating your chosen talk in your target language. Then once you get started, you only have 30 days to translate the talk.

i want to learn about how to caption and translate TED and TEDx talks. i was very confused as it seems to be typical task for me. i was learning a lot from very long, thanks for this wonderful post . keep on doing the great work. Sage 50 Support 

Thank you for your kind reply, Sage Support.

You could follow the steps indicated in the first post, and once you've joined, see if there are available tasks in the languages you can caption / translate in, and jump in!

The Amara tool is very simple to use, and in, you will find links to clearly worded help resources.

Don't hesitate to as again here in case of doubt.



Hi! this link doesn't seem to work. 

I'm trying to make subtitles for this TEDxTalk, but I can't find it through TED team on Amara. Could you please help me, thanks!

Hi Anita;

Thank you for reporting this. I was able to open the form from lead to by, but some browsers have problems with shortened URLs. Can you  try with the complete URL, please?

Thank you in advance,


hi anita which browser are you using i have opened it in firefox chrome and IE all are opening.

Hi :)

I followed advice - Tedx film is already on amara, I added subtitles, it works on Amara perfectly - but what I don't understand is - will this subtitbles appear on YouTube? Because it seems to be not connected now? Or I don't understand somenting?

Thank you for this important query, Angelika.  Is the Amara page for this Tedx video added to the TED team? If yes, the reviewing and approving stages can take some time, as they are done by volunteers too.

If not, then please use the form in to request its addition to the TED team.

If the above is not clear, please post the URL of the Amara page you used in a reply to this thread.



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