[Athen] Vanishing CC button on some YouTube videos

Doug Hayman dhayman at uw.edu
Thu Sep 13 14:14:10 PDT 2018

A while back there were a number of us that were finding YouTube videos
lacking the CC button and at that time it turned out to be a recent YouTube
update broke things on their end.

Today we noticed a video lacked the CC button to toggle on/off captions and
yet other videos on that same channel had CC button in the player along
with either full on English captions or the auto-generated ones.

Is there a way that a channel owner can choose to turn off or remove the CC
button? If so, where does one do that?

If not a channel owner choice, has anyone figured out why the CC button is
sometimes absent?

Looking at my personal YouTube page I see one video I made as a
mini-tutorial for a friend learning GarageBand software lacks a CC button
but is mostly silent or showing tweaks of music. It has no spoken section
to get swept up by automated speech recognition to create bad captions.

The video we were looking into here at UW does start with a bit of music
only but does eventually have spoken English. Wondered if X-amount of
music intro triggers the CC button to go away?

Anyone have some suggestions around this anomaly we can then take into a
conversation with the channel owner?


Doug Hayman <dhayman at u <dhayman at u.washington.edu>w.edu>
Senior Computer Specialist
DO-IT Program (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, Technology)
UW Technology Services
Box 354842
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 221-4165
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