How To

There are a number of ways to close caption videos you want to use in your classroom.  To find a list of software that you can use to caption videos, if you want to caption it yourself (which is A LOT less expensive), there are a number of free and relatively inexpensive programs you can download listed on my Tech Resources page.

The first thing you need to decide is how you are going to make the video available to your students.   After doing some research, here are some options I’ve found

  • If you have your own domain and the space to do it, you can host your videos on your own domain.
  • TeacherTube – I have not had good experiences with TeacherTube uploading videos so I can’t speak personally about uploading captions and I have not been able to find many videos on TeacherTube that have captions
  • SchoolTube – I’ve seen captioning on this site but when I uploaded with the captions embedded, they did not show up
  • YouTube – YouTube will automatically caption your video for you but the captions are not always correct and the captions end up rather silly this way.  You want to caption your videos yourself!   Another Consideration is that many school districts do not allow teachers and students to view videos on YouTube.

The general steps for captioning a video are as follows:

  1. Create or obtain the video you wanting to caption
  2. Build a transcript of the video (in a text file or using one of the programs discussed in Tech Resources)
  3. Combine continuous text, audio, and video into one multimedia file
  4. Install completed video on server.

Remember that if you are using YouTube, you can use CaptionTube to caption your videos and the captions can be directly applied to the video in YouTube.  Personally, I feel that using MovieCaptioner is a little easier than CaptionTube, but CaptionTube is free.

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