Closed Captioning - An Overview
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Description: An overview of the LCC policy and procedures for using videos in the classroom.
Tags: teacher, instruction, closed caption, subtitle, FAQ, kaltura, youtube

Closed Captioning: An Overview


Closed Captioning is a process of displaying text on a television or video screen or other visual display to provide additional or interpretive information. Closed captioning is typically used as a transcription of the audio portion of the presentation. Lane Community College must adhere to the Section 508 Guidelines of the Rehabilitation Act and therefore, all videos the college displays publicly must have captions or a transcript.

Some questions that may come to mind:

  1. Do ALL videos have to be captioned now? Yes, in order to comply with Section 508 Guidelines of the Rehabilitation Act, all videos have to be captioned. More specifics on this below.
  2. If I have videos already hosted, do I need to go back and change them? No, it is not necessary to go back and change videos that have not been captioned, although it is a good idea.
  3. What about videos that I am currently working on?  Yes, if you are working on new content and future content for the classroom, they must be captioned. 
  4. Do we have to use Kaltura, or can we use YouTube closed captioning? Any captioning service is fine as long as the captioning is accurate. YouTube voice to text captions are not always accurate. If the producer is willing to correct the inaccuracies then Youtube is fine. The easiest process to get your videos captioned is to request captions via the ATC.

Requesting Video Captioning


Kaltura is a video platform solution that is offered through Media Services. As an instructor, if you have video content that you have created for your class that is not on another streaming service already, you can give it to ATC and they will add closed captioning through Kaltura, then give you a link to LCC's cloud service where the video is held with closed captioning on it. You can use an embedded link or a standard URL link to share with your students.

To have your videos captioned, please fill out the following Google form: Video Captioning Request Form

To take a short course on how to use Kaltura with Moodle, check out Kaltura University.

YouTube Streaming

Since YouTube is a video sharing website at its core, individuals with an account can upload royalty free videos for streaming to the public for free. This makes it a useful tool for teachers that use media as a part of their classroom instruction. The following steps take you step by step to add closed captioning to your video content. Before you begin, you must either have a formatted video ready to import to YouTube, or content already on YouTube ready to be shared.

To add new subtitles or closed captions to a video:

  1. Go to your Video Manager.
  2. Next to the video you want to add captions or subtitles to, click the drop-down menu next to the Edit button.
  3. Select Subtitles and CC.
  4. In the drop-down menu, choose the language that's spoken most in the video and click Set language.
    • Note: If you change the setting for the original language of your video, all future translated subtitles will use the new language as the source for translations (your published and draft subtitles and closed captions won't be affected).
  5. Click the Add subtitles or CC button.
  6. Choose the language for the subtitles or closed captions you want to create. You can use the search bar to find languages that don't automatically show in the list.
    • If you choose a language that you've already started working on, this will take you directly to your draft and you can start adding content again.
  7. Choose how you want to add subtitles or closed captions to your video

If you want to use videos already on YouTube that are NOT your own personal videos, you can enable closed captioning by moving your mouse icon over the lower right side of the screen and click the CC icon next to the settings icon if available.

For further help, click on Live Help, leave a ticket, or contact:
Academic Technology Center
(541) 463-3377

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