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Closed Captioning for YouTube Videos

Have you ever needed a video you have shown in class to have Closed Captioning (CC) for your hearing impaired students?   Well now you can.   In this post you will find resources to turn on CC for youtube videos that have it available and how to create CC for videos that don’t.

Let’s start with how to turn on CC for youtube videos and how to search for videos that already have it.  When you are i youtube and you search for a video, be on the lookout for the closed captioning symbol “CC” next to the description of the video.  Often, popular videos will receive closed captioning transcripts directly from YouTube, even if the video’s creator did not make them.  See the image below:

cc search in youtube

Once you have found a suitable video with Closed Captioning, you will need to turn it on in order to view the captions.   To view the captions, click on the “CC” button on the bottom right corner of the video player.  Then select the language you would like to put the captions in.  That’s it!  See the image below:
cc select
Once you have the captions turned on, you will see them come across the screen at the same time the video is played, but understand that you will need to turn on this “CC” setting each time you come to a new Youtube video.
Many YouTube videos do not have a closed captioning transcript available for you to view.  For these videos it is easy to create the transcript and add it to the video.  The following text is added from the youtube help section on captioning.

How to add caption files or transcripts

  1. Visit your Video Manager and click the drop-down menu next to the “Edit” button for the video you’d like to add captions to
  2. Select Captions
  3. If you haven’t added captions before, click the Add captions button. Or, if you’ve already added a caption, click theAdd a new track button
  1. After following the steps above, select Upload a file
  2. Set your track language. If you’d like you can also add a track name
  3. Click Upload
  4. Select your caption or transcript file and click open
  1. After following the steps above, select Transcribe and sync
  2. Set your track language. If you’d like you can also add a track name
  3. Type or copy and paste your transcript into the text box
  4. Once you’re finished, click Sync


This video also clearly describes the process in step by step directions for creating a closed caption transcript and adding it to your youtube video.


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