[Athen] Adding captions to YouTube videos you don't own

Preast, Vanessa vanessa.preast at dmu.edu
Mon Jan 30 08:21:11 PST 2017

Hello Adam,

Although I haven't tried it personally, a colleague of mine has recommended Amara as an overlay for YouTube videos. Supposedly you can add transcripts into Amara and it will show the caption and transcript over the youtube video. I think the YouTube video may have to be listed as public for it to work....


Let me know if the tool meets your needs.


From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Adam Kosakowski
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2017 9:10 AM
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Subject: [Athen] Adding captions to YouTube videos you don't own

Hello wise list-ers!

A professor of ours is showing a YouTube video they don't own and that doesn't have accurate captioning. We are currently working on a transcript but I definitely want to see if there is any way we can add captions to the video since that is way better than a print-out transcript. I reached out to the video's poster to ask that they enable community captioning, but haven't heard back yet. 3PlayMedia can give me access to a Caption Plugin that lets me do exactly this, but that costs however much they charge for a Pro account with them and being a private university we are looking to go as cheap as humanly possible.

Any ideas/leads?


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