Captions for Faculty / Staff


A blue video icon highlights on Enter keyboardPer federal and state law, and CSU policy, instructional media (e.g., videos, captured lectures, recorded presentations) must have captions. This includes instructional media used in classrooms, posted on websites or shared in Canvas.

Faculty: Funding is available to help faculty generate captions and transcripts for instructional media. Materials should be submitted at least six weeks in advance of their use in instruction. 

Staff: For CSUN staff who do not provide classroom material, there is a cost through chargeback.  For information on the chargeback, email ncod@csun.edu.

 How do I caption my instructional materials?

The CSUN Universal Design Center is available to help faculty make instructional materials accessible, including guiding faculty through the self-service submission process. Faculty may also submit instructional media directly to the NCOD: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.

Request Captioning

Captioning Video Content through the NCOD: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

Tseng College Distance Learning faculty should contact their assigned Instructional Designer.

 Zoom Video and Web Conferencing

Can Closed Captions be added to Zoom Videos? Zoom logo

If you will be teaching or presenting live via video, using a videoconferencing tool like Zoom, you’ll want to have someone else handle the captions for you.  Email NCOD: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services ncod@csun.edu to request live captioning. Learn more about Zoom as an Instructional Tool.

Tseng College Distance Learning faculty should contact their assigned Instructional Designer.

 Do It Yourself (DIY) Captions

To upload to YouTube, you will need to create a YouTube channel. For instructions, visit Create a New Channel

The easiest way to add captions on your own YouTube videos account is: 

  1. Go to your Video Manager by clicking your account in the top right > Creator Studio > Video Manager
  2. Next to the video you want to add captions or subtitles to, click the drop-down menu next to the Edit button.
  3. Select Subtitles/CC
  4. Select Add new subtitles or CC button
  5. Decide if you want to add or edit subtitles or closed captions

Please note: YouTube auto-captions are often machine-generated captions with poor quality that content is not accurately communicated to people who depend on captions. Auto-captions should be corrected for accuracy and provide equal access for everyone.

For more ways to add captions on YouTube visit:

Amara offers a free caption/translation editor, and they’re building a community to support it.

 How do I adjust YouTube default size and style of captions?

Captions are available on videos where the owner has added them and on some videos where YouTube automatically provides them. You can change the default settings for captions on your computer or mobile device. Burned-in captions/subtitles do not have these options. Visit Manage Caption Settings.

  • Go to YouTube video player
  • Select Settings gear icon
  • Select Subtitles/CC

Captions Settings options

Select Options to customize

Captions options

Captions font, color, size, and background options

      • Font, color, opacity, and size
      • Background color and opacity
      • Window color and opacity
      • Character edge style

    Note: These will be your default captions format settings until you change them again or click Reset to go back to the default captions format.

     How do I open captions' transcript?

    • Go to YouTube video player
    • Select on 3 horizontal dots located next to the Save button 
    • Select "Open transcript"
    • In the transcript box, use Find or CTRL + F in your browser to search for a specific word in the transcript
    • Or use the timestamps to get to that point in the videoScreenshot of open transcript

     How do I share a YouTube video with a specific start time?

    • Go to YouTube video player
    • Find a video you'd like to share at a specific start time
    • Select Share button
    • Find the small checkbox which says "Start at:"