Accessibility - Enable Captions for Online Media

This article provides a guide for enabling captions in common media players YouTube, Vimeo, TED Talks and VLC.


There are many different video players available online. Here's how to access captions on some common players.


Click on the CC icon located in the lower right corner of the YouTube video window. A red line under the CC icon will indicate the captions are turned on. If the message "English (auto-generated)" appears for a brief moment in the upper left corner of the video window, the captions may be inaccurate and unintelligible. Do not use these captions; instead submit a video request to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) to have the video captioned properly. 
CC buton is 1st of 5 icons.


The Vimeo video window has a blue CC icon in the lower right corner. Click on the CC icon and select "English" to turn on the captions.
CC buton is 2nd of 4 icons. Popup displays language options.

TED Talks

Click on the Subtitles button in the lower right corner of the video window and select "English."
Subtitles button is 2nd of 4 icons.


Launch VLC. Click on the "Open media" button. Select your File or Disc. Click on the blue button "Open." Go to Subtitles > Subtitle Track > and select the Track you need.
Disc is 2nd tab of 4 tab options. Subtitle track is a dropdown menu and track choices are in a popup menu.

Keywordsaccessibility, captions, media, YouTube, Vimeo, TED Talks, VLC, auto-generated, video, CC, subtitles, closed captioning   Doc ID93144
OwnerHelp Desk K.GroupUW-Milwaukee Help Desk
Created2019-07-16 08:52:01Updated2023-06-05 13:45:02
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