Closed Captioning for YouTube videos

If your YouTube interface doesn't look like these illustrations...

Go to the bottom left of your YouTube screen and choose "Creator Studio Classic":

Creator Studio Classic

The captioning team needs an MP4 video file to close caption.

If you don’t have the MP4 anymore but have the video on YouTube, you can download the MP4 file.

How to download an MP4 from your own YouTube channel:

1. Log in to YouTube. Go to your Video Manager by selecting your account in the top right, then Creator Studio:

University of Northern Iowa's YouTube Creator Studio

 

2. On the left, choose Video manager> Videos:

YouTube Video Manager

 

3. Find the video you want to download, then choose the drop-down menu next to its Edit button. Select Download MP4:

Download MP4 from YouTube

Give the MP4 to the closed captioning team by contacting Carolyn Dorr. Currently we are having people use a shared Google Drive to give us the MP4s. We take the MP4 and close caption it in our software, which generates a file called .srt. We give you the .srt file and you upload it to the corresponding YouTube video.

How to upload an SRT (caption) file to your YouTube video:

1. Log in to YouTube. Go to your Video Manager by selecting your account in the top right, then Creator Studio:

Creator Studio link in YouTube

 

2. On the left, click Video manager> Videos:

YouTube Video Manager

 

3. Find the video you need closed captions on, then select the drop-down menu next to its Edit button. Select Subtitles/CC:

Edit closed captions

 

4. Click the Add new subtitles or CC button and choose English.

Add new subtitles or CC

5.  Choose Upload a file.

Select Upload a file
6. Choose Subtitles file. Browse for your SRT file, select it, open it, then choose the Upload button.

Upload a file- subtitles file

 

7. Select the Publish button:

Publish button

8. You're done!

 

Staff

Carolyn Dorr - IT Accessibility Coordinator, Client Services
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