Closed Captioning

How to get Closed Captioning on Your Videos

Google Slides Presentation in combination with Screencastify

When you present from Google Slides, there is a CC button at the bottom left you can turn on. Anything you say will be appear as captions. You can screen record as you talk to create a video. I tried embedding a video in a slide and playing that too, and it does work. However- you may have issues if the person speaking on the video is talking too fast or running words together.

Closed Captioning Using Screencastify and Google Slides

Google Hangouts Meet

You can turn on Closed Captioning in Google Hangouts Chat at the bottom right of the screen. A couple of things to know when using this:

  • It is great for captioning a meeting, or just you alone talking
  • If you use Hangouts to do the recording, the captions will not be recorded. Use another tool like Screencastify to record.
  • You will not be able to see captions and a screen presentation at the same time, so if your goal is to caption, do not present.

Closed Captioning in Google Hangouts Meet


YouTube will caption most videos for you automatically but only if you speak slowly and clearly. Here's a quick walkthrough of how that looks and how you can go in and add subtitles if YouTube won't automatically generate them. Ironically, subtitles would not generate on this video.
Using Subtitles in YouTube


EdPuzzle will have Closed Captions ONLY IF the video used in the EdPuzzle assignment had subtitles in YouTube.

What if I made a video and automatic captioning isn't working?

Here is a strategy you can try. You will need to create a text file that you can upload to YouTube in order to create the captions yourself. You probably do not want top type all that so you COULD...

  • Open a Google Doc
  • click on Tools
  • Select Voice Typing
  • Hold your mic up to your speaker
  • Let Google try to type your text for you
  • Correct errors

This is NOT ideal. But if you have to have subtitles, it can work!