The Black Room

The Black Room is now available with subtitles

As part of the “thing we can’t talk about” (we’re more secretive than David Dare here at Black Room HQ) we’ve had a set of subtitles/closed-captions made up for The Black Room.

If you watch on YouTube you will be able to see that the subtitles have already been uploaded.

We used a professional caption maker working in South Africa to get our captions made as quickly as possible (another requirement of the “SECRET PROJECT”) but actually making your own captions is very simple via YouTube.

A normal caption files looks something like this:

00:00:03,456 --> 00:00:08,193
For six weeks we have had unprecedented access to The Black Room.

00:00:08,193 --> 00:00:15,735
A private company that provides what it calls support services to the super humans that we see in action every day.

00:00:16,703 --> 00:00:23,591
Whilst our superheroes receive 24-hour news coverage we wanted to uncover the unsung heroes,

00:00:23,837 --> 00:00:28,281
the men and women who work tirelessly in support of our greatest heroes

Not too difficult to put together in any text editor, but a bit of a nightmare to pull out all the specific time codes.

Using the YouTube user interface however, you can isolate the time-codes that you need visually from the audio track and whilst watching your video, then key in the appropriate subtitles.

To get started, simply:

  1. Log in to YouTube
  2. Go to you dashboard (“Creator Studio”)
  3. Edit your video
  4. Click on the “Subtitles & CC” option/tab
  5. Click on “Add new subtitles or CC”

You will be presented with a new UI where you can watch your video and add closed captions to match the audio.

Chris Lynch is the co-writer of OffWorld and the creator and writer of The Black Room. You can find out more about him at

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