How to Add Closed Captions on YouTube
How to Add Closed Captions on YouTube
How to Add Closed Captions on YouTube

Closed Caption Volunteers Needed

As technology advances, we get more and more global but we also have those here in North America who are hearing impaired or prefer words on the screen to have no volume for our tutorials. While the live broadcasts cannot at this time be Closed Captioned as we don’t have the technology here to make that happen at this time, we can transcribe the recorded tutorials after they are recorded and put onto YouTube. We don’t have the ability to transcribe Facebook Videos at this time as the process requires us to listen and match the words exactly to timing as it’s not automatic like Google.

YouTube has opened up the world of enlisting volunteers to scrub through the scripts and make the necessary corrections. While Google does a good job of capturing most of the script with accuracy, there are issues with the scripting which is the following:

  • Words are not always accurate. Treble Crochet appears as Trouble Crochet.
  • 6 can appear as Six or even Sex.
  • Yarnspirations appears as your inspirations.
  • Mikey appears as Lucky.

Do not edit any LEFT HANDED Tutorials. We have the ability to copy the finished script from the RIGHT HANDED versions directly to the Left-Handed. We don’t need to edit both Left and Right separately. So only do the Right-Handed Tutorials.

Closed Captioning of videos takes time. Our team is so small and our resources are so limited. We need help in this area. We are hoping through the Volunteer Process of receiving YouTube Accreditation of your work that we can open the world to Crochet to All. We are picking up a lot of foreign countries and languages in our global community. In many ways, your corrections can teach others across the globe who do not speak English the joys of crochet.

Video Tutorial on How to Closed Caption Tutorials

Below this video is screenshots of procedures but the tutorial really covers it all.

 

Closed Captioning
Closed Captioning

Advantages of Closed Captioning

While we instantly think of hearing impaired for Closed Captioning. YouTube now has the ability to recognize when a user has a different language.

  • The Closed Captioning can display the language in foreign languages by translating what is said. This means that someone who is Spanish, German or many other languages will see the CC in their own language.
  • This allows our global audience where English isn’t fluent to see what I am saying in a language that is more comfortable to them.
Closed Captioning
Closed Captioning

Once a Video Has Been Fully Approved by Our Team

The video listing will display the CC in the listing to show you that the CC has been completed and is available with accuracy.

All videos automatically have CC but as mentioned above, the CC isn’t accurate. Once we comb through the script and make corrects, the videos are automatically assigned as CC to let those with hearing impairments and anyone of foreign languages know there are options for them to follow the video using the CC.

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To Be A Volunteer & Benefits

  • You must have a YouTube account and be logged in.
  • You can instantly look at the CC and make the corrections instantly without applying to us to do it. You can work on it behind the scenes when you have time without committing to the process formally.
  • You will be credited for the corrections. Up to 5 contributors to the videos will be automatically listed in the video description as being the person who did the CC. The 5 are based on the number of corrections in a video. This means others can contribute to the same video but the 5 people who did the most work will receive the honourable mentions. This is controlled by YouTube and is automatic.

All Videos Open for Closed Captioning Corrections

All videos are now open for Closed Captioning Corrections by YouTubers. Once a video has been fully approved by our team, it comes off the list for being allowed to be Closed Caption as it’s completely done.

Once you start making corrections, we receive a daily update on the corrections that were made in the previous 24 hours. We review and check for accuracy. Once approved, you become credited for the corrections in the video descriptions.

If in the unfortunate event that someone plays a fast one and inserts inappropriate language, we have the power to flag that person as being unreliable to take away this power from them for making any further corrections on our channel and YouTube as a whole.

Things to Look For

  • Google misses punctuation of sentence structure. One main element is to identify sentences. Put in periods and capitalize.
  • Contractions aren’t always caught.
  • Words are sometimes completely wrong. Mikey = Lucky sometimes. Eight can be Ate.
  • Please allow me to have my personality and not change my slang into a more formal language. I want to be informed as being formal doesn’t fit my personality. I prefer those who cannot hear me or speak my language to understand that about me.

To Begin…

Closed Captioning for The Crochet Crowd
Closed Captioning for The Crochet Crowd

Go to any video on our YouTube Channel. Click the GEAR BUTTON on LEFT in the video player. Then click Subtitles/CC then ADD Subtitles/CC.  The video will stop and open a new window to begin edits. Then Click the BLUE BUTTON to select English. Editing is then open for you to make corrections.

Closed Captioning for The Crochet Crowd
Closed Captioning for The Crochet Crowd

The video will change to show you the script on the left. To begin editing. Click EDIT on the upper right.

Closed Captioning for The Crochet Crowd
Closed Captioning for The Crochet Crowd

You can then click on each box of writing and begin your edits. Once you are completed as much as you want, you click SUBMIT EDITS on the upper right. (this shows Publish Edits… that’s because it knows I own the channel). This will signal us here at the Studio you have edited the script. We will check it and approve each box individually for your accuracy.

Tips for Editing

  • You can listen to my words and type what you hear. When you begin typing, the video will instantly stop for you to type. Once you stop typing, the script will continue.
  • For myself, I am confident in the close accuracy of Google. What I do is to not listen to my script but make the changes in Punctuation and sentence structure in each box.
  • Chances of duplicate words or words that don’t make sense together, I have stumbled in the video or corrected myself.
  • Each box represents the timing of where it is in the tutorial. As you move down the boxes, the video advances.

Final Video

Once the video is fully completed, the video will have the CC Stamp of Approval and the scripting in the video will be accurate. The video can then be translated with close accuracy to foreign language and give our hearing-impaired audience a chance to follow along.

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Closed Captioning

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52 thoughts on “Crochet-a-teers Needed for Closed Captioning

  1. I started on one. Getting called away but I got one box done. I’ll come back and work on this more. I sorted the videos based on popularity, is that the right way to choose one to work on?

  2. I can definitely help. I can see why you need help though. I only just started and only got through 30 seconds of a video and I’m having to pause it so many times to catch what you’ve said. 🙂

  3. I’m more than willing to do some of the ones from scratch. One question……….how do you know when to open a new box. Is it one sentence per box or the equivalent of two lines? I used to be a speed typist so lets see how good I am 35 years later………lol. Can’t wait to help out and give back!

    • For captioning it is more about a limit on the number of characters per line regardless of how long a sentence is, and a max of two lines on the screen at any one time. Captioning in youtube is actually pretty smart. As long as the transcript is correct it will automatically sync up the rest with pretty good accuracy.

    • You have to time it out. So watch the boxes under the video while he’s talking, try to put what he says in that box in the box that matches the timing to your left.

  4. I’m working on How to Crochet a Hat: Granny Striped Hat from scratch. “Autogenerate” did not produce any script at all. Is there another way to produce some script for editing rather than having to listen and type at the same time? Slow going this way!

  5. Mikey or Jeanne,
    I started looking at the videos today and is there any type of indicator that can be added somewhere to show a video has been CC’d? Thanks

  6. This is awesome! I have been helping. Can we submit partial captioning or should it be all finished? I ran out of time for now but want to save my work.

  7. I’d love to help, as well. Do you only need volunteers to edit, or do you need folks to transcribe the videos “from scratch?” I’ll be happy to do either/both!!

  8. I would love to work on this, so I will check into it later today. If we do so many, do you wanna be really nice and give us some yarn 🙂 I am always looking for free yarn..lol

  9. I did an edit yesterday and there was one “phrase” you used that did not make any sense so I am wondering is there a way to flag something like that for your review?

  10. Hello Mikey. I’m unable to help because I am Deaf but wanted to say thank you so much for doing this. I really appreciate it. You wouldn’t believe what the auto captions say in your videos. The captions sometimes show swear words. 🙂

  11. I was working on the Let The Games Begin hat. It will not show me any script past the 8:05 mark. Any suggestions??? 🙁

  12. I am currently working on a video. When you do counting, do you prefer to type out the numbers or use the numbers? I have seen it written both ways and didn’t know if you have a preference.

      • FYI: I found that if you click on ACTIONS tab (above where the script should be) and then AutoGenerate in the drop down box – the script suddenly appears!

      • Yup this works!! Mikey you should add this to your article so people don’t waste their time trying to fully type and time the captions if they miss this button.

  13. I’m a medical language editor by vocation so am used to “fixing” voice recognition, lol. I will try to get on this as soon as I can. Wonderful opportunity to help others. Thanks.

  14. I’m anxious to get started! Now that I know it’s editing I may be able to help even with one eye! (don’t panic, I had cataract surgery in one eye so for now I kind of see double, it will pass next week when I have the other eye done). You and your team are the absolute greatest!! Your diligence to always help others still amazes me. I love that now we have a chance to give back to The Crochet Crowd for all you do for us! Love you guys!! <3

  15. I’ll be more than happy to do this but some questions. How do we make sure the timing is correct? And secondly is it easier for someone to use if we transcribe sentence by sentence or just as Mikey stops talking? I’d be more than happy to help though I have plenty of time on my hands.

  16. Wow, I checked it out and was able to edit one. Your directions are spot on. Now I can finally help you as you have helped so many. Have a great week.

  17. I am having the same problem. When I click the CC, I see the CC, but cannot edit. There is also no “GEAR” button in the upper left hand corner as the directions state (at least not for me). Am I missing something?

  18. I would love to help with the CC editing. I do have the YouTube account and will check the process you outlined within 24 hrs. Do I need to view a certain video? One you are using as a “trial”? This is a lovely idea and so much appreciated.

  19. I would really love to help i have clicked on several videos and have not been able to edit the CC or some dont even have the option. How can i help what all do i need to do?

  20. Hey Mikey I’m looking to do some editing for the CC but when I’m logged in and randomly chose a video but when I click CC it does not come up with the script for editing-just the script
    ??? Not sure what I’m doing wrong

  21. Awesome! This will open up the wonderful world of crochet and the other yarn arts to everyone!!! Let’s get started folks!!!

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