Auto-captions are often such poor quality that content is not accurately communicated to people who depend on captions such as people who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Auto-captions should be corrected to be precise and provide equal access. A redeeming aspect of auto-captions is that they can be used as a starting point for captioning your own videos. YouTube closed-captioning has a rate of 60-70% accuracy while Panopto is 70-75%. The Department of Education is looking for 100% accuracy with spelling, punctuation and description of nondescript audio such as [laughter]. See directions below on how to manually correct your closed captioning for both options.
If you are the video owner, YouTube’s auto-captions can be very useful as a starting point for providing captions. Please note: You can only edit your own Youtube videos. Certain videos that are uploaded to YouTube are good candidates for using their machine-generated captions as a base. If the voices are clear, speaking unaccented English, and there is no music and minimal background noise, auto-captions can get you started.
To view the captions and change display properties in the player, Click the CC button.
Click the Show Captions button to to view captions with the recording.