How do I get captions on my videos?

In order for Buffalo State to remain compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it is important to have all online videos accurately captioned.

The most efficient way for faculty and staff to do this is to store their videos in our Ensemble Media Server and complete the Request Captioning ticket in our Self-service Portal. When this ticket is submitted, Instructional Design & Training (IDT) staff will submit the requested video(s) to, a professional captioning service that will add accurate captions to your order and return it directly to your Ensemble account, usually in 24 hours or less, depending on the length of the video. For class-related videos, there is no charge to the faculty. For other videos, IDT staff will consult with you before submission to the service.



Alternatively, faculty and staff may use the Amara caption editor built into Ensemble Video to add their own captions or edit existing captions.


YouTube Captioning

Any videos you may store in YouTube or any other location should also always be captioned. YouTube provides Automatic captioning. The Automatic captions may need to be edited for accuracy. Check out the additional YouTube captioning resources.

YouTube allows you to also add your own captions and upload a transcript to your YouTube Video


Thank you for helping Buffalo State achieve its goal of being a leader in Universal Design for Learning - "to design curriculum that can be used and understood by everyone and to eliminate barriers in the learning environment to create learning experiences that are accessible to all people regardless of their differences."



Resource for making a scripts: The Art Of Writing Great Voiceover Scripts

When searching videos from YouTube, it’s good practice to select CC (Closed Caption) as a filter option so that only videos with closed caption are displayed in your search results.  Users can determine if the captioning has been enabled by the presence of ‘CC’ in the lower right hand corner of the YouTube player.



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