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Uploading and Captioning a Video on YouTube

Video can play a valuable role in your interactions in the online classroom. Using YouTube to autocaption any audio helps create an inclusive learning environment for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students as well as for English-language learners.

Here are some common uses of video:

  • Assignment submission for which the deliverable is a video file
  • Critique that features audio commentary of visual work
  • Other commentary that shows the speaker

Important note: Assignment submissions should be uploaded directly to the Academy's learning environment. You should also embed a YouTube link to a captioned version, but YouTube should generally not be the only way that you provide your work.

The audio and video tools built into the Academy's online learning environment don't currently offer captioning tools or the option to export the file, so if you need to submit a file for captioning, be sure to record/create it with a program that generates a file that you can upload.

Remember, too, that if you are submitting work such as a film, animation, etc., there may be sounds other than the dialogue that need captioning. Music and sound effects may be important parts of the experience, and these should be captioned with brief descriptive language.

If you use your mobile device to record your introduction video, be sure to shoot it horizontally and not vertically.

If you use your mobile device to record your video, be sure to shoot it horizontally and not vertically.

YouTube makes it easy to caption videos that you create.  Here are the steps:

After recording a video on your mobile device or computer go to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/

1. Either create an account or use your existing YouTube account.

2. Upload your video into YouTube.

Steps 1 and 2

3. Select "Unlisted" so you can share with the class, but not everyone online.

4. Drag or Drop your video.

Steps 3 and 4

5. Click the "Publish" button, upper right.

(3.) "Unlisted" can also be selected on this page.

Step 5

6.  Select "Subtitles/CC" from the drop down "Edit" next to the image of your video.

Step 6

7. Click on "English" from the "Set video Language" box.

Step 7

8. Click in the caption text box to activate editing function and make corrections. Be sure to capitalize words and add punctuation where needed.

9. Click "Save changes" button.

Steps 8 and 9

10. Your captioned video is ready!

11. To make additional changes use the "Edit Video" button

12. Copy the URL

Steps 10, 11 and 12

13. Go to your online class and create a new post or comment.

Step 13

14. Click on "Embed from Web" and paste in your YouTube URL.

Step 14

15. To view your captioned video, click on the "CC" button.

Step 15