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YouTube captioning is an available feature on many YouTube videos that you can enable. Here is a link to more information on this and how to manage caption settings: YouTube captioningThis link also provides instructions on editing or removing captions from YouTube videos you upload. Click here:

Similarly, you can also open a transcript for many YouTube videos. After selecting a YouTube video on a desktop, click on the three dots furthest to the right of the video for a drop down menu. Then select “Open transcript” and multiple lines will show up on the right corresponding to timestamps of the video. This is not 100%, but reasonably close. If you’re working on a mobile device, go to your prefered web browser. Go to YouTube and select the three dots in the upper righthand corner, then click “Desktop.” The will allow you to then search for videos and then select the three dots next to the “More” option underneath the video. The transcript will open under the video. Note that not all YouTube videos are captioned, so you may want to use the YouTube speech to text option mentioned in a previous section of this guide. is a service for transcribing existing video content. It adds closed captioning to the videos, making them more accessible to audience members that cannot hear the audio. promises an accuracy of 99% for a dollar per minute and with a turnaround time of 24 hours..

Speech to Text

Here are the resources that we recommend for screen capture at Hamilton College

Dragon is the world's best-selling speech-to-text software. Hamilton students can access Dragon Naturally Speaking software through laptops loaned by the Dean of Students Office. Contact their office for more information!

This adaptive technology adjusts to your specific voice, work environments, and is 99% accurate. You can also use Dragon with other software such as those available in Microsoft Office.

Follow this link to learn more about Dragon:

Video Streaming Services and DVD's

The library subscribes to many streaming video services, such as Kanopy and Films on Demand. Most of these films will have captioning available. 

For films streamed from DVD's in the collection, accommodations can be made for students to use the hard copy of the film so they can access the captioning.  Please contact the Circulation Department at 315-859-4475 or for more information.

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