Accessibility - Video and Audio

Video Closed Captions

If you have a student with a documented disability, please visit Disability Support Resources (DSR) for support and further information. DSR can also provide helpful assistance with solutions for video captioning.

Ensemble Video and YouTube

When embedding video, keep in mind that both Ensemble Video and Youtube are keyboard accessible and can be used with a screen reader.

Write a Script

  • When creating videos, it is good practice to create a script that you can then embed with the video to be used as closed captioning.
    • On YouTube, after you have uploaded your video, click the subtitles/CC tab. In that tab there is a button saying “Add new subtitles or CC”. Once that is selected, YouTube will ask you if you want these subtitles in English. It then offers a few options: one is to upload the file yourself, or have YouTube transcribe and auto-sync. The transcription is roughly 60-80% accurate, so you may want to review the video and double check the subtitles, especially if it is a technical video.
    • Once you have uploaded your video in Ensemble, there is a Caption tab where you can choose from the Amara editor or upload a caption file (your prewritten script) yourself.

Top half: YouTube's video editing page on Subtitles/CC tab. Bottom half: Ensemble Video's editing page with the "captions" tab opened.


  • Don’t solely rely on color to convey meaning. When categorizing something by color alone, those who are colorblind may not be able to tell the difference.
  • Make sure you are using contrasting colors. For example, using a dark gray on black is hard to see for those with low-vision. Make sure there is sufficient contrast between your background and fonts. When in doubt use this Color Contrast Analyzer to verify.

Page last modified September 21, 2017