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Captioning a Video

Before You Start

All videos on the Miami Univerisity website must be closed captioned in order to be ADA compliant. For more information about video captioning visit WebAIM.org. We recommend using Amara to create captions for your YouTube videos. You will need to have your own YouTube account and your own Amara account. You must have access to a video through YouTube video manager in order to upload the captions to it. Before getting started with closed captioning, you will need to upload your video to your YouTube account.

Note: YouTube has a built-in feature for captioning but it DOES NOT WORK WELL.  If you use it, you will need to re-edit all of the captions to ensure accuracy.  It is much easier and efficient to use Amara.

Close Caption Using Amara

A. Log in to Amara.

B. Copy the YouTube web address for the video that you want to caption and paste it into Amara.  Click "Subtitle".

Screenshot to add You Tube video


C. Click "Subtitle Me" under the image of the video.

Amara subtitle me screenshot


D. Choose the language of the video (most likely English). Click "Continue".

E. Follow the step by step instructions within Amara to create your closed-caption file.

Note: It is highly recommended that you watch all three of the "how-to" videos as you go through the process the first time.  They are extremely helpful in ensuring that you complete the steps correctly.


Step 1: Type in every word that is said and all important words displayed on the screen. This does not have to be perfect during this step. When finished, click "Done? Next Step: Sync".

Amara Step 1 screen shot



Step 2: Line up the subtitles to the video. When finished, click "Done? Next Step: Subtitle info".

Amara Step 2 screen shot



Step 3: Correct the title and description information if needed. When finished, click "Done? Next Step: Check your work".

Amara Step 3 screen shot



Step 4: Check your work. When finished, click "Done? Submit your work".

Amara Step 4 screen shot


F. Click Download Subtitles.

Screenshot Download Subtitles


G. It will automatically save as an SRT file.  You can leave it in your Download folder.

Screenshot Save SRT file

Add Caption to Video in YouTube

A. Go back to the video in YouTube under Video Manager.

You must have access to a video through YouTube video manager in order to upload the captions to it.

Screenshot Video Manager


B. Click on Edit, then Captions:

Screenshot edit captions


C. Click on Add Captions and then Upload a file:

Screenshot Add Captions


D. Click "Upload" and search to find SRT file in your download folder.

Congratulations!  You have successfully closed-captioned a video.

Congratulations Image



Here is the Miami YouTube video that was closed-captioned for this tutorial:

Locations
Luxembourg
West Chester
Middletown
Hamilton
Oxford
  • Luxembourg
    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

    Contact and emergency information for the Luxembourg Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    luxembourg@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/luxembourg

    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

    Directions

    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

    Contact and emergency information for the Voice of America Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069
     
    voalc@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/voalc

    Printable Floor Plan
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Middletown
    Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

    Contact and emergency information for the Middletown Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Hamilton
    Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

    Contact and emergency information for the Hamilton Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Oxford
    Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

    Contact and emergency information for the Oxford Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency