YouTube provides auto-generated closed captions for videos uploaded to your channel, which is a step in the right direction for global accessibility. However, because they are generated completely automatically with no human intervention, there are often many mistakes. These errors can make a video indecipherable, misleading and difficult to follow for viewers who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Auto captions do provide a head start if you’re interested in creating your own caption files. While auto captions provide a limited level of accessibility, accurate and complete captions ensure everyone has access to your videos.
To get you started, below is an outline of how you can edit YouTube’s auto-generated captions.
Here’s a quick guide on how to edit YouTube auto captions:
1. Go to the Video Manager on your YouTube channel and find the video you would like to edit.
2. Click the down arrow next to the video and select Subtitles & CC.
3. Click the option called English (Automatic).
4. Click Edit in the top right-hand corner
5. You can now edit your captions and adjust the timing.
6. Once you have finished editing, click Publish Edits.
Pretty simple, right? Now that your video has closed captions, it is much more accessible. Happy captioning!