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Youtube & Captioning


​How can I get captioned YouTube videos?

Option Nuance
The video is already captioned. Yea!
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" iconinactive gray closed captioning iconin the lower right hand corner.

cc icon in relation to the other tools

If yes, left click, the "cc" icon and choose English (transcribed) to activate the automatic captioning.

closed captioning menu

The "cc" icon should now be red.

red and active closed captioning icon

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 Elena Throckmorton, x4267.

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?

  1. Log in to YouTube.

  2. Go to the Channel in which the video was uploaded, and click on the Videos tab.

  3. Click on the video with the bad captions.

  4. 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.

  5. You should see a list of active tracks on that page. Click on the one for the auto-synced captions.

  6. 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.

  7. A dialog will open to save the track to a file. The saved file should contain the timestamps.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

Thanks to Technical Support at YouTube/Google for these directions.

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: Amara

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 Elena Throckmorton to integrate the video into your course content.

Ask Christine Miller, x3765 or Elena Throckmorton, x4267 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.


How can I filter YouTube for Captioned Videos?

Initiate a YouTube search by typing keywords in the YouTube search box and pressing Enter.

  1. Once your search results are displayed, click the Filter button located towards the upper left of the YouTube window.

  2. Click the CC (closed caption) option within the Filter group.

  3. Check out this How-to video on filtering for captioned videos.

When can I use uncaptioned YouTube videos?

You can use uncaptioned YouTube videos when no one in your class needs captioning as a disability accommodation, and the video(s) is/are for that semester only.