YouTube will auto-generate closed captions for videos, which is a quick and easy way to make videos more accessible. However, the auto-recognition software does not understand many technical words, and can also misunderstand pronunciation of common words. Here is a protocol for editing and re-posting closed captions so that they are scientifically and gramatically correct:
- Download the .srt file from the YouTube Video Manager.
- Edit the .srt file with a text editor.
- Save the edited file as a .srt file to maintain the time stamp format.
- Upload the updated .srt file to the YouTube Video Manager.
- Unpublish and delete the Youtube auto-created closed caption file.
- Publish the edited .srt file (it can be saved as the English closed caption option).
Deleting the original auto-produced closed captioning will prevent users from accidentally choosing the original incorrect closed captions.
License and Attributions
Text written by Juhong Christie Liu, James Madison University (JMU).