Making Videos Accessible

Video and audio content is considered accessible when closed captions or transcripts are available.

Closed Captions are automatically generated for audio/video content that you create or upload in Kaltura, but they are not perfect. In order for this type of content to be considered fully accessible you should review and update the automatically generated closed captions.

If you are sharing content with your students that you have uploaded to YouTube, those automatically generated captions should also be reviewed and corrected if necessary. Follow the steps in our Editing YouTube Captions tutorial if you have YouTube captions that need correcting.

If you are sharing videos from YouTube with your students that you did not upload, you can check to see if the video has closed captions by clicking the “CC” button on the toolbar along the bottom of the video. You should always watch videos with closed captions enabled to determine if they are accurate. If they are not, click the gear icon on the YouTube player toolbar and check to see if there’s an “English” option under Subtitles/CC settings. If there is an “English” captions option, that means the captions were already verified as accurate. If there are no “English” captions and the automatic captions are not accurate, we recommend looking for a different video.

To caption videos that you did not record yourself, we recommend Amara, a free, do-it-yourself caption editor. You can learn more about how to caption videos in Amara here.