• Navigate to a category in the table to see it in detail
  • Navigate to the center to return to the main view
  • *Captioning makes video content accessable to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, to search engine optimization, and also to be translated from English into other languages
(Note: this process is not available on mobile devices)

Step 1: Navigate to YouTube's Video Manager, which is found in the Creator Studio.
Screenshot of Video Manager location

Step 2: The option to add Subtitles and CC is under the down arrow next to the Edit button of the video you wish to change.
Screenshot of Subtitles and CC menu location

Step 3: If you haven't already, you will be prompted to set the most spoken language in the video.
Select video's primary language

Step 4: Subtitles can be added in whatever language you prefer, using one of three methods:
Upload a file: allows you to upload a text transcript or timed subtitles file which should contain both text and time codes for when each line of text should be displayed. Position and style information can also be included.
Transcribe and set timings: using this method, you can type everything that is said in the video and let YouTube automatically line up the text with the content of the video. Once it is finished, you can adjust the timing and content of the subtitles.
Create new subtitles or CC: finally, you can type out the subtitles line by line and set the timing by hand.
Screenshot Subtitle/CC options

Congratulations, your video can now reach many more people!

In European nations, there is no significant distinction between subtitles and closed captions. However, in the U.S. and Canada, subtitles refer to a translation of the dialogue and assume the audience can hear. Closed captioning, on the other hand, is meant to replace all sound, not just dialogue.
Despite this official distinction, YouTube appears to make no distinction between the two.

Amara.org allows users to create captions for videos they don't own and share the videos with others.

dhcc: Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre provides interpreters, sensitivity training, and ASL classes.

Official YouTube Subtitle/CC support

Official YouTube Subtitle/CC upload support

Learn more about reaching a global audience through Subtitles/CC

Our presentation video on YouTube.

This data visualization was created by Hannah Bown, Rita Zevallos, and Jonah Schwartz, with the advice of Neil McDevitt (Executive Director of the dhcc), during the 2015 evoHaX hackathon.

Data was collected with the help of the Youtube Data API. This open source sunburst flare was originally created by John Stasko

In the future, we'd like to expand this chart so that it updates dynamically with daily information on captioned vs. uncaptioned YouTube videos. We would also like to add an alternate viewing mode that sorts the categories by highest caption ratio instead of by highest number of total videos.