Welcome to the Distance Education Captioning Web site
How do I get my material captioned?
There are three ways you can caption your material. Which one you select depends on the length of the media, how much time you have to help with the captioning, and how soon you need to show the material.
Do It Yourself
For media, like videos, under 5 minutes, or if you have time to caption, or you need it quickly there are two alternatives.
Alternative #1 MovieCaptioner
This is a program currently available in the Professional Development Center.
In MovieCaptioner you merely load your video into the program. Your movie is played in a 4 second loop (you may adjust this time) over and over as you type the words you hear. The words are automatically time coded in a special document file. The video and file can then be stored on your laptop to show in class or the text file is uploaded along with your video to a personal website like YouTube to be shown when and wherever you wish.
For a complete set of excellent video tutorials and a pdf users guide, go to:
Alternative #2 YouTube
YouTube has a special feature that allows you to create captioning for your video. Before you can start, you need a YouTube account because you may only caption videos that you possess in your YouTube channel. In case you didn’t realize this, YouTube comes with your Google Account as Google owns YouTube.
To create a YouTube account, just follow the directions at the site below:
Once you have an account you may upload your videos and then the fun begins.
Captioning Your YouTube Videos
- First, turn on the automatic captioning tool at the bottom of the video in red titled “cc”
- Go to the top of the page and next to the word “Annotations” select the small triangle pointing down.
- After clicking that, select “Captions”.
- Next select the “Machine Transcriptions” and play the video.
- When the video is completed you will see the text that YouTube automatically recorded and you can fix any of the text there that is wrong.
If you are very articulate and had a good microphone, there may be little for you to correct.
- Next, select the “Add Captions” option and upload the text you created.
Complete instructions on caption videos using the YouTube tool can be found on the following website:
Very useful webpages to help you with any questions about YouTube can be found at:
Sending Videos Out to be Captioned
What types of projects can by captioned?
| • DVDs
• Videos made with:
- Smart pens
- Video cameras
- Screen recording software such as Camtasia
- VHS videos
• NOTE: You must have permission to caption copywritten material
What do I do with the material once it's captioned?
- You may take the finished, captioned material and show it on a DVD in your class.
- You may upload the finished, captioned material to an online website such as the MyLAVC portal or Edustream and show it in your class, your web-enhanced class, your hybrid class, or your online class.
- Gather the material you wished to be captioned. If you need help preparing your materials to be captioned, contact the SSD department. Send an email to Casey Nordberg at: firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure you cc David Green at: email@example.com.
Material to be captioned may include:
- All digital media formats; (Flash, MP4, Camtasia, QuickTime, WMP, etc,)
- Narrated PowerPoints
- Videotapes and DVD’s
- Captioning for classes that are videod live for broadcasting later
- Transcription of any audio content
- Fill out and email “Request to Caption” form to DE Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then deliver the listed materials to be captioned along with a hardcopy of your Request to Caption to the Office of Academic Affairs (818-947-2623).
Request to Caption Form (Word)
Request to Caption Form (.pdf)
- Now the difficult part, you will need to wait for about 4 to 5 weeks as we get the:
- When the captioning is completed, you will be notified by your D. E. Coordinator.
- Pick up the captioned material from his office.
- You then review the captioned material within one week to identify any errors and if any are found, email them to the DE Coordinator. If the DE Coordinator does not hear from the faculty member within one week, he will assume that the captioned material is acceptable and authorize payment to the vendor.