How to Add Captions
To produce captions, we recommend you order closed captions through our preferred vendor Verbit.
You may also use automatic captioning; however, autocaptions are not always accurate and must be thoroughly edited for spelling and punctuation, as well as accuracy.
Ordering Closed Captions
Brandeis has a single contract with captioning services vendor Verbit to minimize costs. Verbit captions must also be reviewed for accuracy, but the editing required is minimal.
Fee: $0.81 - $1.40/minute depending on service tier and timeframe chosen—paid by your department
Turnaround time: Varies by service tier. 24 hours rush available.
For more details or to set up a Verbit account, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many common video platforms integrate directly with Verbit—meaning your finished captions can be added to your video automatically.
Platforms integrated with Verbit include:
Autocaptions (captions created by machine) require thorough review for accuracy, spelling and punctuation before any video is made live.
- Adding new captions in YouTube
- Edit or remove existing captions in YouTube
- Download YouTube captions for use in other video players.
- Login on Studio.youtube.com and locate your video.
- Click on "subtitles" in the left-hand navigation menu.
- In the new screen, click on the 3 dot menu'
- Click on Download file
- Choose .vtt for Ensemble and most other video platforms.
- Choose .srt for Facebook
- If you need the .txt file, go to the caption editor in YouTube and click the 3 dot menu next to "edit timings" and choose "download". That option will download a .txt file.
The file that downloads can be uploaded to Ensemble, Facebook, Echo360, Premier, etc.