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.

Panopto Captioning

Panopto has an automatic captioner built into it. However, users must turn the captioning on in order for viewers to see them. This tutorial will show you how to do so.

Only users with access to edit videos can create and edit captions. 

Turning On and Editing Captions in Panopto

  1. In the Panopto video editor, click on the captions tab on the left side of the editor. 

Panopto's editing screen with a red arrow pointing at the caption tab

  1. Then click "Import Automatic Captions".
    • If you recently made the video and aren't seeing the option to import you may need to wait a moment as Panopto is still going through your video and creating the captions.

A list of the captioning options in the caption tab.

  1. After captions are created you'll need to review them for accuracy. You may edit them by simply replacing the miscaptioned word.
    • In ideal conditions the best automatic captioning can do is only 75% accurate. It is highly recommended to make sure your captions are reviewed. 
    • If the video is playing and you click on the captions to edit, the video will replay from that point so you can check your accuracy. 
  2. Once your caption editing process is finished hit the Publish button in the top right of the screen.

The Panopto caption editor with a miscaptioned words highlighted.


  • 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.