The Crochet Crowd is Closed Captioned

Closed Captioning Crochet Tutorials
How to Add Closed Captions on YouTube
How to Add Closed Captions on YouTube

Closed Captioning Provided

Since 2016, we have been closed captioning our tutorials. It started with community contributions where the general public could participate in the subtitling of tutorials. However, due to abuse of people subtitling intentional inappropriate things into a YouTube Video, YouTube stopped the general public from participating.

With the help of many people to get this started, we ended up with two dedicated volunteers, Diane Suder and Nancy Lopez as our Closed Captioning Team.

Both work together seamlessly behind the scenes and provide nearly real-time updating. I work in real-time and so they can be a step behind me when I am filming the same day and push the same day.

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.

  • 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.

User’s Control the Closed Captioning

In the first 8 months of 2021, 10,260,760 videos played. Of that, 2,034,598 used the English Subtitles and then 10’s of thousands in various other languages.

The video below will show you what you can change to make it happen. 


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52 Comments

  1. Vicki

    I figured it ou! I was in the app, duh!

  2. vicki

    I am unable to find the way to do this. Google says I must be the owner of the video. Please help me understand how to help.

  3. 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?

  4. Ninda

    Have you thought about doing the translation of the CC into other languags too?

  5. Emily Grow

    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. 🙂

  6. Karen

    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!

    • Laura

      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.

    • Penny Potter

      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.

  7. Laura B.

    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!

    • Sometimes it doesn’t. It supposed to create a script automatically but some are missing by YT. Just skip over it and try another. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  8. You’ve taught me so much. I would love to help out once I figure out how to navigate it.

  9. Lori S.

    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

    • Yes… in the videos, there is a CC under a video when you are looking at the library. If you look at a CC and you see punctuation such as Periods or Capital letters to form a sentence, it’s been completed as well.

  10. Riah

    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.

  11. Sharon L.

    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!!

    • Editing is nearly 90% of hte videos. There is a handful that has no script at all. Do what makes ya happy. It’s better to tackle a script that hasn’t been done.

  12. Lisa Mathews

    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

  13. Cheryl Deschene

    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?

  14. Carolyn

    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. 🙂

  15. Sandra Elliott

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

    • Sandra Elliott

      Glad I have plenty Ibuprofen tucked away in my Orange Bag. 😉

  16. Debbie Crow

    Bang on. You are such a nice person for wanting to help others. That’s the way I was raised also.

  17. Lindsey S.

    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.

      • Lindsey S.

        1, 2, 3 it is. You provide us with so much, the least I can do is cc the way you like. Thanks

  18. Sandra Elliott

    I want to help but every video I open does NOT have the script to edit. 🙁

      • Sandra Elliott

        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!

      • Riah

        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.

  19. Kelly Fazekas

    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.

  20. 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

  21. Rebecca

    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.

    • The video knows when to stop and start and lines up the words automatically. the timings are set by YouTube. Just have to correct what is said and it will line up pretty close.

  22. Diane

    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.

  23. Already finished one and it’s available for review. How To Crochet Easy Scarf: Denim-y

  24. john

    Do we just pick any Crochet Crowd video or is there a certain list to work from?

  25. Carol Niessing

    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?

  26. Debra

    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.

  27. Trina Rosenbaum

    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?

  28. Leann

    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

  29. Lori S.

    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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