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Book Trailers - for HS students: Closed Captioning

Contains links, examples and instructions for creating student-made book trailers.


"Captioning all videos produced, or shown at La Follette would be a dream come true for many students here."


- Kathie Johnson, La Follette High


"Literacy is key to ELL students, Deaf/Hard of Hearing students, and the entire student body.  Exposure to print is essential.  Let's try to make this a standard to allow ACCESSIBILITY to information TO ALL at La Follette."


Add subtitles or closed captions to YouTube videos that you have created.  If you have a transcript of your video in electronic form, it's pretty simple to copy and paste into the video and adjust the timing code so the captions appear at the right moment. 
With, you can add captions to videos you find on the internet  and want to add to your presentation/show your audience. 
You can also create captions by correcting the Beta captioning feature on a YouTube video - Rena Gutavson is our resident expert on this and a wonderful resource.

Amara How-to

Here is an information sheet about using Amara for closed captioning from Jovita Gandolfo:

Showing a video during a presentation is a great way to engage your audience.  However, it is important that everyone can access the content of your video.  Amara is a free web-based program that allows you to add text to a video.

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 When you go to Amara, you can create a free account or you can sign in with Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc.  I find it very easy to just log in with my Google account

 Adding text to videos takes a little practice but is so worth it to your audience!  Here are the steps to help you out…

 1.      In the box under “Add a Video” copy and paste the link to the video you want to caption and then click the blue box marked “Subtitle”

 2.       Your video will show up in Amara.  Go to “Subtitle Me”  (Note: If the video already has captions than this choice will not show up and you will see “Add a language” instead)

 3.      Select the language you will be using

 4.      Start playing your video and typing in the box below your captions

 5.      Use TAB to pause video and start playing it again while you type

 6.      The wrench symbol allows you to access the timeline (and clear if you need to start over) In the timeline feature, use the down arrow to start the caption and the up arrow to stop the caption

 7.      Be sure to save your captions and timeline

 8.      Amara creates a new web address for your captioned video so be sure to copy and paste that link into your presentation

 9.      Amara will not play captions in full screen mode so when showing the captioned video, you can hold down Control and + to make the display bigger on that particular link