On most YouTube videos, a closed caption (CC) button would appear on the navigation/control bar at the bottom of the video. Select the CC button to either turn on or off the captions. To ensure that the captions are in English, select the settings button, then “subtitles/CC”, “on”, and then select the language. Typically for DVDs, captions can be turned on by choosing “settings”. From the dropdown menu, choose “Subtitle language”, select language, then press exit. For additional troubleshooting support, contact RVC’s AV support specialists at x-4857 or x-4818.
Turn off the sound and watch the entire video using the captions. While watching, ask yourself; “If I showed this video to the whole class with the sound off, would the captions be sufficient to fulfill the objectives of the video?” If your answer is “no” then you would need to choose one of the alternative options for obtaining quality captions.
Some publishers may have captioned versions available, although these may need to be special requested. It is suggested that you contact the publisher to inquire whether a quality captioned version is available.
The following free-of-charge libraries are available to search for properly captioned videos:
On the right hand side of the page, select “Library Catalog” and then “Classic Catalog”.
Once the Classic Catalog opens, select “Advanced Search” at the top.
Search for “Video recordings for the hearing impaired” and select “Subject” under the “Search In” tab.
If you have questions about either turning the captions on or about whether or not a captioned version can be obtained, please contact: Brent Eckert Technical Services Librarian at (815) 921-4604 or the RVC Library at (815) 921-4600
Check with the DSS and/or Mass Communication departments to see if any previously captioned videos are available.
Before any captioning work can be done by RVC staff, the permission to do so must be obtained by the copyright holder. This is typically a production company or film studio.
If the video is online you should request permission from the account holder who posted the video. In some cases they are not the content creator however, and the original producer must be found and contacted. To do this look through the program credits for the copyright holder or filmmakers and then you can obtain their contact information and seek the permission.
If the video is on a physical format such as a purchased tape or DVD, then it is much easier to contact the producer and seek permission. Their distributor information should be somewhere on the box the material came in. A simple e-mail request might be satisfactory, however some larger companies and studios will require a special permission drawn up by their legal department."
When contacting the companies remember to ask if a permanent, open-captioned copy can be provided or purchased. Many times this is available and an option.
Once the proper permission has been obtained you should proceed with completing the request form and RVC staff can begin the captioning process.
The following fee-for-service options may be considered for producing quality captioned media:
DSS and Mass Communication have partnered to provide a process for assisting RVC faculty and staff with obtaining quality captioned media. To initiate the request process, complete the request form.
If you cannot obtain media with quality captions through any of the above mentioned avenues, you may want to consider alternatives such as the following to ensure that the student has equal access to the media content:
Depending on the source format used (ex, YouTube channels that are linked to, etc.), faculty can upload files into EAGLE via the file upload tool.
In addition, faculty are encouraged to use the Rich Content Editor in EAGLE, which has a direct media upload control. The step-by-step instructions can be found here.
For additional assistance with uploading videos into EAGLE, please contact John Fillicaro at x-4625.