Using 3Play Media to caption your video: this article outlines how to set up an account, upload a video to get a transcript, and encode the transcript you receive into the video. Ideal for longer or complex multimedia.
Adding captions to video you don’t own using 3Play
If you want to show video you don’t own and it doesn’t already have captions (for example: an uncaptioned YouTube clip to show in a class or meeting), 3Play Media offers an embedded captioning service to make those videos accessible for all viewers:
Adding open captions to video using 3Play
If you have a video that requires open captions, read 3Play Support’s article “Order a Video with Encoded Captions.”
YouTube: Add your own subtitles and closed captions: add captions to your own YouTube videos using either a prepared transcript or creating your own in the caption editor. Ideal for quick multimedia (under 2-5 minutes in length, depending on captioning experience), or videos that have little and easy to understand content.
Listed are some basic captioning tips to consider when creating videos multimedia:
- Display caption text for a minimum of 1-2 seconds, and a maximum of 6 seconds.
- If a line of text needs to be broken up, do so at a logical point in the sentence, such as a natural pause.
- Indicate important audio clues in brackets, such as [sirens] or [doorbell ringing].
- Avoid putting key visual information at the bottom of the video, if possible.
- Some video players or caption formats support text placement options, but not all. This means the captions will display at the bottom by default, blocking onscreen visuals near the bottom of the screen.
- Make sure the narrator conveys important visual info (example: text on screen, images, screencasts, etc.) through speech.
- This lessens the need for audio description to be added after the video is created, and provides context to viewers who have difficulty accessing visual content.
- Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP): Captioning Key: a thorough guide on producing high quality captions for video and other multimedia
- Terrill Thompson: My Audio Description Talk at CSUN
- MDN Web Docs: Accessible Multimedia
- Amara: a captioning and subtitling platform where users can provide captions or subtitles, as well as find videos already captioned by other users.
For general assistance with captioning, 3Play Media, or other accessibility needs, please contact:
For captioning services as accommodation through disAbility Resources for Students, please contact: