Disability Resources is your first resource when using or developing audio/video materials: itAccess@email.arizona.edu or 520.621.3268.
- DRC will actively outreach to instructors who have deaf or hard of hearing students enrolled in their classes to caption course materials
- DRC will outreach to University departments who post videos on public-facing sites to arrange for adding caption.
- Departments that use video materials are welcome to contact DRC to ask for assistance in captioning. Depending on the intended audience and anticipated life of the video, DRC will either provide captions or queue the video for captioning at a later time
Captioning is beneficial for many reasons. Read more on who uses captioning - the study may surprise you!
Resources for acquiring captioned materials
Believe your video content is already captioned? Check again! Many services, such as YouTube, provide "automatic" machine-generated captioning. To check your videos, enable the captioning and watch the words. If you see a lot of mistakes, reach out to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll assist in verifying captioning status and work with you to provide an accurately captioned version. More information is available in the article "YouTube’s Automatic Captions Prove Insufficient for ADA Compliance"
Videos requested through this service will have captions automatically included if the original media is captioned. If the original media is not captioned, contact DRC for options
- Lecture Capture tool where captions can be imported in the settings area or you can manually create caption files
- View the Panopto Tutorial for adding captions
- View the Panopto Tutorial for Machine-Generated Captions (note you will want to make corrections to the text)
- Additionally, DRC can request captions for specific files or classes – contact us for more information at email@example.com or 520.621.3268
- This collaborative discussion tool supports captioning
- View VoiceThread's Captioning tutorial or contact DRC for assistance
- Captions can be imported (SRT file) or manually created. Follow the YouTube Tutorial for step-by-step directions
- YouTube can also be used to create caption files. While the process can be a bit involved, it does work. How well the process works depends on the quality of the video and the clearness of the audio
- Upload your video to YouTube
- Allow YouTube to create automatic transcripts/captions
- Download that transcript file (go to your Video Manager area and select the Closed-Captioned part of your video)
- Correct the transcript using a text document editor
- Upload the corrected results either to YouTube, Panopto, etc.
- If time sync information needs to be corrected, re-upload the file to YouTube and use their editing tools to adjust the time sync information
- Captions can be imported using an SRT file. Follow the Vimeo Support Directions to add the SRT file.
- Captions can be manually created using Amara or DotSub. This process can be viewed on Vimeo’s tutorial
- Captions can be imported using an SRT file
- Instructions to add captions to Facebook videos
- Create an account which allows you to create a caption file for your own videos.
- Amara's tutorial for creating captions
- Instructions for using the completed captions
- 3PlayMedia's Tutorial for adding caption files
- Adobe's Step-by-step tutorial or
- Adobe's tutorial in video format
- If needed, contact DRC for assistance in acquiring caption file types that are designed to work with Adobe Premiere.
- 3PlayMedia's step by step tutorial
- View Articulate Storyline's How-To document
- Contact DRC for assistance in acquiring correct file type, if needed.
Companies Providing Captioning Support
Numerous businesses specialize in creating captioned media and transcripts. Disability Resources will assist you in connecting with them to caption your project. If captions are required for your media, as listed in our Captioning Guidelines, University funding is available.
Some of the businesses we work with include
- AutomaticSync Technologies (AST) - CaptionSync
- Alternative Captioning Services (ACS) - PostCap LLC
Creating your own Captioning files (SRT format)
Use Software to create Subtitles
- Subtitle creation software
- SubTitle Editors
- Website designed to assist in the creation of subtitled videos
- YouTube -
- Use the steps described earlier to create SRT file which can be used in other platforms
- Voice Recognition Software (Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Siri, Dragon Dictate App, etc.)
- Get a basic transcript of your audio file which you can then correct