Introduction to Creating Captions Using Amara

Amara is nonprofit organization driven by their mission to foster media ecosystems that enables everyone to benefit from online video content.  Amara has a free and paid service accounts offering a variety of captioning options. Amara can translate over 50 languages, provides multiple formats and delivery options and is committed to capturing the tone and meaning of your context.

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The Basics of Using Amara


This guide will show you how to create captions to make your videos accessible with the help of

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  1. Go to  
  2. Click ‘sign up for free’ to create an account.  Be sure to stay logged in.
  3. Scroll down and Click Start Subtitling. This will take you to a new page.
  4. Click Begin under Subtitle for Free on Amara Public. On the new page Click Add Videos
  5. A new window will appear, in this window Click Upload and choose a file from your computer. When finished click Add to Amara Public
  6. The page will refresh and your video will appear in a new window.
    • If your video was processed from that URL previously, the video will appear with captions on this new page. An English-language label will be present on the left side to confirm the presence of English captions.
  7. Click the ‘Add/Edit subtitles!’ option to the right of the video to begin adding subtitles.
  8. Select the language of the subtitles and click the ‘Continue’ button.
    • This step cannot be undone, so be sure to select the correct language or there will be multiple English captions with varied accuracy and value.
  9. Follow the on-screen instructions to add captions to the video.
  10. Select Review and Complete option to complete the video. The page will refresh and show the video with a Subtitle menu on the right.
  11. Click Download to get a .srt file of the captions.
  12. Return to Canvas and Click Choose File.
  13. Select the caption .srt file and select the language.
  14. Click Upload.

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