|The video is already captioned.
|YouTube offers automatic captioning for the video through the Transcribe Audio feature.
When you open a YouTube video, check to see if there is a grey "cc" iconin the lower right hand corner.
If yes, left click, the "cc" icon and choose English (transcribed) to activate the automatic captioning.
The "cc" icon should now be red.
The only way to know if the automatic captions are accurate is to activate them and play the video. We must never assume that the automatically generated captions are acceptable.
YouTube makes this feature available when a video’s audio is in a language YouTube supports, the audio has decent quality, and the owner has given permission when uploading video. These automatic captions do not appear instantaneously. It may take a week or so.
For videos in your own account, you can use the Transcribe Audio feature to generate automatic captions, download the transcript generated, edit the transcript, and upload it through the Transcript Synchronization feature. See below for directions on editing captions. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Tom Peters, x8706.
|You use the Transcript Synchronization feature to add captions to your own YouTube video.
||This requires uploading a transcript to YouTube. |
|How can I edit the captions?
Thanks to Technical Support at YouTube/Google for these directions.
- Log in to YouTube.
- Go to the Channel in which the video was uploaded, and click on the Videos tab.
- Click on the video with the bad captions.
- On the toolbar at the top, there is a button with a down-arrow icon (next to Annotations). Click on it to drop down a menu, then select Captions from the menu.
- You should see a list of active tracks on that page. Click on the one for the auto-synced captions.
- Now you should see a simple editor (which lets you fix errors in the text, but not the time stamps). There is a Download button at the top. Click that button.
- A dialog will open to save the track to a file. The saved file should contain the timestamps.
- Edit this file with your favorite text editor or captions editor (if you have one). Be sure to save it as a text file, and not a Word document or some other document type.
- When you have finished fixing it, go to the Captions page for the video again and upload the track. It will be a different track from the auto-synced track. At this point, you may want to disable or delete the original auto-synced track so no one selects it accidentally.
|You add captions to any YouTube video through a YouTube captioning site.
||This does not require any previous captioning expertise. The sites have easy-to-follow tutorials. Once the captions are added, your students access the video through a link to the YouTube captioning site.|
YouTube Captioning Site
|If the video is a snippet from a commercial production (e.g., movie), purchase a DVD.
||Once you have the DVD, work with Christine Miller (eCollege Multimedia Specialist) or Tom Peters to integrate the video into your course content.|
|Ask Christine Miller, x3765 or Tom Peters, x8706 to caption the video and load the captioned video into your YouTube account.
||We must have permission from the video’s owner to do this. If we request permission to caption, and get no response from the owner, we can proceed with captioning. We must keep a record of having made a effort to request permission to caption.|
|Create your own captioned video, and upload it to your YouTube account.