If you plan to caption your video on your own instead of leveraging California Community College resources such as 3C Media Solutions, the following applications may be of use:
First, register for a free YouTube account or use an existing GMAIL account. Note: Some faculty prefer to use a dedicated professional YouTube account that is separate from a personal GMAIL account.
When you upload a video, immediately set the language to English (or the video's native language). It may take a couple of minutes to 72 hours before auto-generated closed captioning appears.
Watch Michelle Clark's video introducing editing closed captioning from auto-generated captioning.
Having a transcript (preferably in digital form) can save a ton of time. Transcribe away!
Use YouTube'sTranscribe and auto-sync feature to sync your transcript to your uploaded video. YouTube will try to synchronize the transcript you created to the video's audio. It may take a couple of minutes to 72 hours to produce your final video.
You will need to review to make sure that captions are accurate and in sync. Remember to add-in sound effects or any other non-textual sounds (e.g., [background music], etc.) as part of your transcript so that it makes it into YouTube's caption track.
Watch the following video, Automatic Timing For Captions, to learn how to use the script (now a transcript!) you created, and upload it into YouTube to turn the transcript into captioning. To read the instructions instead, visit Medium.com's Video Captioning: YouTube Transcribe and Auto-Sync as a Workflow Tool.
No problem. You can leverage YouTube's Auto-Generated captions.
While YouTube's auto-generated captions are not sufficient on their own, they can be a starting point for you to edit and correct if you do not have a transcript. Auto-generated captions may take a couple of minutes to 72 hours to appear after uploading a video to YouTube. Various other factors -- such as video length, file size, or YouTube experiencing lag -- can affect the processing time.
Captions can be manually added to a video. See YouTube's tutorial, Create Subtitles or Closed Captions. Please note, depending on captioning skills, a 5-minute video may take at least 30 minutes to produce a final video draft with accurate captioning. For this reason, starting with a transcript can streamline the captioning process.
Once YouTube has generated captions, edit as needed for accuracy. To download your clean caption file:
This is a more involved process requiring different applications and tools.
To learn about using Otter.ai and YouTube to create a caption file, please register for the free, self-paced course Video Captioning to learn about how to integrate Otter.ai into your captioning workflow.