Ordering Closed Captions

Videos on Brandeis websites must have captions for accessibility.

YouTube offers free automatic closed captioning, however, autocaptions are not always very accurate. You must edit auto captions for accuracy and punctuation, and this can be very time consuming. If you choose to outsource your video captioning, we recommend using Rev.com. Rev captions must be reviewed for accuracy, but the editing required is minimal.

Integrations

The following video platforms integrate with Rev — meaning your finished captions can be added to your video automatically. The standard university templates also support these video platforms:

Note: You may also order captions without integrating your video accounts. Once your caption file is complete, you will need to manually upload it to your video platform.

Integrating Ensemble with Rev

If your department has an existing Ensemble account or library, or you will be producing videos through Media Technology Services (MTS) in the future, Rev can integrate with Ensemble.

Contact Eli Jacobson in MTS to request a local Ensemble username and password. Please do not use your Brandeis UNet credentials in Rev.

Ordering Captions Through Rev

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Create a Rev Account
  1. Create an account on Rev.com.

  2. Add your department's P-Card to your Rev account for billing.

  3. If desired, set up integration with Ensemble, YouTube or Vimeo by linking those accounts on the Settings page of your Rev account.

Note: If you would like to set up integration with Ensemble, please contact Eli Jacobson in MTS to request a local Ensemble username and password. Please do not use your Brandeis UNet credentials in Rev.

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Place an Order
  1. Order your caption files. You will see options to:

    1. Upload a video file from your computer

    2. Share a link to a public web address

    3. Pull videos directly from your Ensemble, YouTube or Vimeo account

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Review the Captions
  • You will receive an email when your captions are complete. Videos under 30 minutes are typically finished within 24 hours.

  • Rev's captions are generally very accurate, but you will need to review the spelling of names:

    • YouTube and Vimeo: Using the Chrome browser, log in to your Rev account, go to My Files and click the name of the caption file to launch the caption editor.

    •  Ensemble: Log in to your Ensemble account, select Edit on the video, then Manage, then Launch Amara Editor to launch the caption editor.

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Add Captions to Your Video
  • If you linked a YouTube, Vimeo or Ensemble account during the order process, your captions will be added to your video automatically.

  • If you provided a web address for your video, you will need to download your captions from Rev and upload them to the appropriate video platform. Before you upload the file, please see Review the Captions above.