DIY Captioning

UF offers several software platforms that offer automatic captioning or transcriptioning functionality. Captioning appears embedded within the video while it plays, and transcriptioning may be available via a separate document, or may display outside of the video window.

Automated captioning does not meet ADA requirements for fully accessible videos because of lower accuracy rates.

Automatic transcripts and captions generated by Zoom and Stream are a great starting point for creating accessible content and can be edited for accuracy.

Zoom Captions

Zoom automatic audio transcripts will create a draft transcript that will need to be reviewed, edited, and enabled as closed-captioning.

For more information visit our Zoom Closed Captions and Live Transcription page.

Hangouts Meet Captions

Captions will only happen live. They are not available in the recorded version of the meeting.

  1. Visit the G Suite page and select Hangouts Meet. If not already signed into Google, you may be prompted to log in using your Gatorlink username and password.
  2. Join the meeting.
  3. You will be asked to allow use of your microphone and cameras.
  4. On the bottom right of the page click Turn Captions On.

Note: When you turn on captions, they will only be visible to you on your device. In order for other participants in the meeting to see captions, they will have to turn captions on as well.

More in-depth instructions are available here:
Hangouts Meet Accessibility
Use Captions in a Video Meeting

Microsoft Stream Captions

Microsoft Stream can automatically generate captions on the videos that you upload. To upload and enable auto-captions on your videos, perform the following steps:

  1. Log into Microsoft Stream using your Gatorlink username and password.
  2. Select the “Create” tab and select “Upload video.”
  3. Use the Browse button or drag in a video to begin the uploading process.
  4. In the “Details” panel, select the language being spoken in the video from the “Video Language” drop down (see image).
  5. In the “Permissions” panel, verify that you have selected your desired visibility options.
  6. In the “Options” panel, ensure that the “Autogenerate a caption file” checkbox is selected (see image).
  7. Publish your video by selecting the “Publish” button once your video is uploaded.
  8. Generating captions can take 1-2 times the length of your video. Your captions are ready when a Transcript tab is available next to your video player, and a “CC” (Closed Captions) button will also appear in your video player controls.

DIY Captioning with Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro offers speech-to-text and captioning features. You can also customize your text for a more personalized look using Premiere Pro, but here are the basics to get you started.  

  1. Open the Premiere Pro Captions workspace by heading to the top right of your window and hovering over Workspaces > Captions.   
  2. Generate a transcription by clicking ‘Transcribe Sequence’. Here, you can choose your language, and choose whether you’d like to transcribe one portion of the video or the entire sequence. After making your selection, click ‘Transcribe’. Premiere Pro will then automatically generate a transcription of your audio.  
  3. Edit your captions. The transcribe tool in Premiere Pro can make a few mistakes sometimes, so it’s important to play your audio and go through the transcription to check for any errors. You can simply click on the text you’d like to edit to make any changes needed.   
  4. Finally, click on the ‘Create Captions’ button. Premiere Pro will automatically add captions to your timeline. 

For a more advanced look at how to take things a step further with customization in Premiere Pro, click here