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Libraries and Accessibility: Accessible Recordings

Resources on accessibility, the ADA, and services to persons with disabilities.

80% of people who use captions are not deaf or hard of hearing.

See more Accessibility and Online Video stats from 3PlayMedia.


How to add captions or subtitles while you're recording the video

  • Clips: a free app for Apple products with many features for recording videos. While recording your video within the app, you can add live captions to the video, which you can edit after recording. 

How to add captions or subtitles to video recordings afterward (post-production)

  • Amara: caption and subtitle any video for free. You will have to manually type the subtitles; they are not generated automatically. - works better for short videos or those without a lot of talking. Here's a How To slideshow.
  • Facebook: you can auto-generate, upload, or type your own captions when uploading a video to a Facebook Page. There doesn't seem to be an option for editing auto-generated captions.
  • Google Drive: add captions to an uploaded video. You need to have captions or a transcript typed up first.
  • Kapwing: an online editor for subtitling your videos. The free version has a maximum video length of of 10 minutes. After Kapwing creates the subtitles automatically, you can correct and edit them.
  • Veed: an online tool with the options to create subtitles automatically, type subtitles manually, or upload your subtitle file. There is a free version for videos under 10 minutes and 50MB, but they'll add a Veed-branded watermark to the upper left corner of your video.
  • YouTube: upload your video to YouTube and use the platform to add automatic captions. Be sure to review and edit the captions for accuracy. (More info on video translations and captions in YouTube.) Here's another set of instructions.
  • Zubtitle: an online tool that automatically adds subtitles to any video by transcribing the audio and generating subtitle text. Transcription of the first video is free, but subsequent videos require a monthly subscription.

Captioning/Transcription Services

In Connecticut, live real-time captioning is available for free through Sprint Relay with at least 48 hours notice. Either the program planner or participant can request the service.

Many companies will create subtitles/captions/transcripts for you, with an associated cost.


Captioned video:

  • ensures that deaf or hard of hearing individuals can use the video
  • supports different learning styles, especially for people who prefer to read instead of listen
  • is useful when it’s not possible or convenient to play the sound

There are two types of captions:

  • Closed captions: This is the technique to use because the viewer can turn off the captioning.
  • Open captions: Captions appear without the option to remove them.


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