3 tools to add a censorship beep to your YouTube videos

Did you miss a swear word while recording a YouTube video? Do not worry. Here are three tools you can use to censor it.


Add censorship beep to videos

We don’t always have the time or the patience to re-record our content. So what do you do if someone lets a swear word in the video?

There are several apps, tools, and software that allow you to add beeps to your videos to control profanity, making them more age- and family-friendly.

In this article, you will learn about three free online tools that allow you to censor your YouTube videos, and we provide a step-by-step guide on how to use each of them. Let’s dive into it.

Kapwing is a powerful all-in-one online video editing tool that you can use to quickly record, edit, and collaborate. You can also use it to censor your YouTube videos by adding different beeps or mute sounds.

How to add a censorship beep to your YouTube videos with Kapwing:

  1. Go to Kapwing and login or register if you don’t have an account yet.
  2. In your workspace, click New content Where To download.
    Kapwing click on New content
  3. You can click to upload, drag and drop the footage, paste the video URL, or upload the file from Google Drive or Google Photos. You can also click Try a sample use a sample from the Kapwing library. The video resolution can be reduced for faster editing and rendering, but it will be re-optimized before exporting.
    Kapwing uploads the video
  4. Play the video and pause at a timestamp just before the swear word occurs, then click To divide or press S on your keyboard. Go where the swear words end and click To divide again. This will cut out the part with profanity.
    Kapwing click on the timeline then on Split
  5. Drag the volume slider in the right pane until 0 to silence the swearing.
  6. To add a beep sound effect, you will need to use one from your computer or download one. For this we use SoundJay.
  7. Go to SoundJay, click Various sound effects > Censorship beep.
  8. Click the play button to preview the beep sound. They range in length from 0.25s to 10s for heavy, relentless swearing.
    SoundJay selects a beep sound
  9. Click the download button. You can choose between wave and mp3 formats. You can convert wave files to mp3.
  10. Return to Kapwing and click audio in the left toolbar, then click To download to add the censor beep file you just downloaded. You can also drag and drop it.
    Kapwing adds a censorship beep to the timeline
  11. Position the audio file exactly below the expletive and trim it if desired, then click the play button.
  12. You should now hear the censor beep instead of the swear word. Use the volume slider to control the volume of the censorship beep.
  13. You can also add a censor to the speaker’s mouth with a shape or an emoji. Move the playback cursor to the right where the swear word begins, click Elements on the left panel, then select a shape or emoji and place it where you need it.
    Kapwing censors loudspeaker mouths
  14. Cut the shape or emoji to the same length as the censor audio beep, then hit play to make sure you’re happy with the results.
  15. Click on Export Video in the upper right corner and select your preferred file format.
  16. From there you can download, share or embed the video.

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WoFox is another simple yet powerful all-in-one visual content creation toolkit that you can use to create multimedia content for social media, ads, web, and print. Its video editor lets you add censor beeps, mutes, or other custom sounds to your YouTube videos for free and without the need to sign up.

How to add a censorship beep to your YouTube videos with WoFox:

  1. Go to the Wofox Censor a Video page, and click the To download button.
    Wofox click download
  2. Select your video file and upload it.
  3. Click the play button and pause the video exactly where you want the censorship beep to be.
  4. Under the Choose a sound effect section, click Beep to use the default beep sound. This will add a beep sound at the current position. You can add as many beeps as you want to different parts of the video.
  5. To use a custom mp3 sound, click Upload your own sound file and download it.
    Wofox click Bleep or upload your sound
  6. Pause and place each censorship beep exactly where you want it to be.
    Wofox adds as many beeps as needed
  7. Once you are done, press play to preview the result. If you are not satisfied, just click the trash can icon to delete it and repeat the process. Otherwise, click To download.
    Wofox click download
  8. Depending on the length and size of the video, you may need to wait a few seconds, minutes or hours for it to render. Once the process is complete, click To download to enjoy a cleaner version of your video.


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VEED.IO is another top video editor that lets you create and edit all kinds of audiovisual content and post it directly to social media or even your personal website. It also lets you add effects like censorship beeps to videos.

How to add a censorship beep to your YouTube videos with VEED.IO:

  1. Log in to your VEED.IO account or create a new one.
  2. Click on Create a new project Where New project.
    Veed click Create New Project
  3. There are several ways to add your video. You can upload from your device or from Dropbox, record live video or paste URL.
    Click to download the video
  4. Click on the exact place where you want to add the beep in the timeline.
  5. Click on the To download in the toolbar on the left, then click Download audio.
    Veed click Upload then Upload Audio
  6. Upload your audio using one of the available options. The beep will be added exactly where you want it.
  7. You can move the beep sound manually by dragging it or adjusting the To start up and To finish times under the Duration settings.
  8. Right clicking on the censor beep will reveal a hidden menu. You can copy-paste the beep sound anywhere else in the video where profanity occurs. You can also replace the beep sound, turn it off, or remove it altogether.
    Veed right click censorship beep
  9. To censor the speaker’s mouth with a shape or emoji, click the timeline where the swearing occurs.
  10. Click on Element in the left toolbar, then select a shape or emoji.
  11. You can drag the corners of the crop tool to resize the shape or emoji until it covers the speaker’s mouth.
  12. When you play the video, the censor beep and the shape or emoji will appear at the same time if placed correctly.
    Veed adds a shape or emoji on the mouth of the speakers
  13. When you’re done, click the Export button in the upper right corner.
  14. In the Export options box, you can choose your presets. Click on Export Video to export a watermarked video. To remove the watermark, you will need to subscribe.
  15. Once rendering is complete, you can decide to download, share or copy the URL.


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keep it clean

Bad language and profanity can prevent viewers from enjoying videos. Using expletives and being flagged for it can also result in YouTube having your videos demonetized or even taking stronger action such as suspending or terminating your channel.

Use one of the tools we’ve covered here to add a censorship beep to your videos to make them look cleaner.


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