Include a transcript with your audio-only files
- Make sure your audio file includes an accurate and complete transcript. A transcript is a text version of exactly what is being said in the audio-only file.
Add a text description to your video-only files
- Make sure your video includes an accurate and complete text description. A description is a text version of what is being shown in a video-only file.
Add captions and audio description to your multimedia (audio and video) files
- Make sure your file includes accurate and complete synchronized captions and audio descriptions.
Captions are a time-synchronized text version of exactly what is being said and/or a description of the relevant sounds in the multimedia file.
Audio descriptions are time-synchronized descriptions of what is being shown in the multimedia file.
YouTube offers a free captioning tool. To caption a YouTube video, you must first sign up for a YouTube account. Once you do this, a profile icon will appear in the top right corner. To caption a video, do the following:
- Click on the profile icon to reveal a drop down menu of options
- Select creator studio. On the options bar along the top, you will see an upward pointing arrow that is labeled as upload. Use this to upload your video.
- Once your video is uploaded, you can click on edit under the video. Above the video is then a bar of options, select subtitles/cc. You can then add new subtitles. There are a couple of different options for transcription/importing a script. Pick which one works best and then you can start subtitling.
- Be sure to publish the subtitles after you are finished. You can also go back and edit the subtitles at any time.
For longer transcription or captioning projects, rev.com is a good resource with good quality, price and turnaround time.