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Adding captions to online video content

A friend of mine on Twitter today was talking about a new venture of video on the internet. I piped up with a note about making video content accessible to those of us who can’t hear dialog. He said good point but where do we start?

So this is a compilation of resources to answer that question.

YouTube supports closed captions and video creators/uploaders can add them to their own content: Getting Started: Captions / Subtitles definition – YouTube Help

But what if you want to caption someone else’s video? Like a movie trailer for example. Check out, they have a tool that lets you add the captions to their site but stream the content from another site.

Other options include services that will provide captions or subtitles free on request:
SubPLY looks like they are using an automatic speech to text translation. I need to test this one as that never does work well automatically.

Project Read:On used to take requests but seems to be only for-hire these days.

And be sure to check out Bill Cresswell, who’s motto is captioning the internet one video at a time.

Of course the simplest option to providing Equal Communication Access is to just paste the text as a transcript. This is the better-than-nothing approach and very much appreciated. 🙂



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7 replies on “Adding captions to online video content”

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      Sara says:

      Yes! That’s where I first heard / saw the term. Great video.

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    Bill says:

    Overstream now has over 4000 videos with English Captions by many different authors.

    It’s a cool way for lots of people to contribute, and it allows captions to MySpace, DailyMotion, and YouTube Videos.

    Bill’s last blog post: More Captioned Videos Added by More Authors

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    Kim says:

    Nice blog post. Thanks

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    YouTube’s CaptionTube web app should be mentioned here too, as it makes the work of captioning a YouTube video much easier than it used to be. It uses the same kind of intuitive interface that Overstream and DotSub use.


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