Accessibility and Universal Design for Instructors: Closed Captioning Using YouTube

Standards:

(b) Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation.

(c) All training and informational video and multimedia productions which support the agency's mission, regardless of format, that contain speech or other audio information necessary for the comprehension of the content, shall be open or closed captioned.

(d) All training and informational video and multimedia productions which support the agency's mission, regardless of format, that contain visual information necessary for the comprehension of the content, shall be audio described.

(e) Display or presentation of alternate text presentation or audio descriptions shall be user-selectable unless permanent.

(e) When products provide auditory output, the audio signal shall be provided at a standard signal level through an industry standard connector that will allow for private listening. The product must provide the ability to interrupt, pause, and restart the audio at anytime.

All videos used in your course are required to have closed-captioning. YouTube does have closed-captioning options, but it may also take some manual work on the instructor's end.

Upload your video to YouTube as you normally would. Then, click on the "CC" button under the video.

YouTube Closed Caption

For most videos, a transcript and CC track has already been created for you. To view this CC track, click on the "English (Automatic)" button to view the automatic transcript.

Please note that the YouTube automatic captions use a speech-to-text technology that isn't perfect. There will likely be some cleanup required. You can click the "edit" button to edit the captioning from this screen.

You may choose to just upload your own transcript. YouTube will automatically synchronize an uploaded transcript to the video to create the CC track. To upload your own, instead of clicking the English (Automatic), click on the "Add New Subtitles or CC button and click "English."

Then, click on "Transcribe and Set Timings."

From here, you can paste in your own transcript or type as you the video plays. The video will pause while you are typing. Click on the "Set Timings" the bottom when you are done. YouTube will automatically set the timings to create the CC track.