After you create an Amara profile, you can start creating subtitles on the platform. This article will show you how to start subtitles for videos already on Amara and add new videos through your Amara profile.

View the Activity tab for your Amara profile to see the subtitles you have worked on. 

After a video is in Amara’s public library, click on the video to view more information and start subtitles in your language.

Click the Add a new language! link to the left of the video.

 The Add a new language link is highlighted on a public Amara video page

If your language does not appear in the dropdown list in the Add a new language popup, check the list of existing subtitle languages on the left side of the page. Click the language links if you want to contribute to incomplete subtitles.

To Add a video to Amara 

After creating an Amara Account:

  1. Go to the Public Workspace
  2. Select the Your Videos tab
  3. Select Add Videos 
  4. Copy and Paste the URL from the public hosting site

Note Amara does not host videos and you cannot upload your videos directly from your computer to Amara.


What URL do I use to add a video?

Popular Video Hosting Sites

If you're using a service, like YouTube or Vimeo, just paste in the URL from the webpage with the video on it.

YouTube URL example:


  • Add a URL for a public, embeddable video from a supported site:



  • Add a URL for a video in one of these supported formats:

  • Theora (ogg, ogv)

  • WebM

  • MP4

  • FLV

  • Add audio files in MP3 format

Connect a hosting site to your Amara account

To add videos to Amara from a video hosting site, connect your video hosting account to your Amara user account. View more detailed instructions in our articles for YouTube or Vimeo integrations.




  1. Click your username in the top right corner 

  2. Select Account from dropdown menu

  3. Click the Integrations tab

  4. Select the video hosting site that you want to connect

  5. Click the Connect button and review permissions

  6. Choose an account to connect (you may have to log in)



Disconnect your account at any time by clicking the “Disconnect” button on the Integrations page.



After connecting, Amara will import subtitles and video title, description, thumbnail for all:

  • Existing public and unlisted videos 

  • New videos (added after you connect channel)

We export subtitles for your videos from Amara to your YouTube channel after they are completed and published on Amara.

You will need to resync any subtitles that are already completed before you link the channel.

Changes made to subtitles on YouTube will not update on Amara. Use Amara to edit subtitles.

Search for public Amara videos

You can click the Videos link at the bottom of Amara pages to view the Amara public video library. Search by video title in the search bar at the top of the page.


After you find a video to work on, click the Add/Edit subtitles button on the video page


Amara public video page with an arrow pointing to the highlighted Add/Edit subtitles button 


You will be prompted to select the language you are going to add, and the subtitle editor will open next. Be careful to select the correct language, you cannot edit the language code later.


How to start subtitles in the editor: Help  |  Video Guide


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