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Videorecordings with Closed Captioning or Subtitling: Finding Videos

Do you use videos in class, and do they need to be closed captioned? How do you know if the titles you use are closed captioned? What do you do if they are not?

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This guide will help you find videos and determine whether they are closed captioned or subtitled.

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Finding Films, Clips, & Videos

  • Films on Demand (Films Media Group) -
    • Search for videos on a wide range of subject areas. Browse videos using the subject links provided, or search by keyword using the search box provided.
    • Many, but not all, FOD titles provide closed captioning using either Windows Media Player or Flash Player. For Windows Media, if the "CC" icon appears below the video window, simply click on it to activate captions. For Flash Video, click the “chat bubble” icon embedded in the right side of the video display area: a black square with white text "CC is off" or "CC is on" (click it to toggle on or off). If the "CC" icon does not display, then closed-captioning is not available.
    • More assistance is available from the guide.How to Use Films on Demand
  • Books, Media and more (UW Whitewater) via Research@UWW (Andersen Library's holdings)
    • Search for videos and DVDs available in the Library.
    • You can add to your search the keyword phrases "video recordings for the hearing impaired" OR "closed caption*" OR subtitles. When looking at the search results, limit to Audio Visual under "Resource Type." Click on "Details" to see more information about a specific title.
  • YouTube
    • Search for a wide variety of videos, including clips from movies, songs, and other performances.
    • Videos with captions display a small logo at the bottom of the player. If a video includes captions, you can activate them by clicking the menu button located on the bottom right of the video player. Clicking this button will also allow you to choose which caption track you want to see.
    • More information about captions and subtitles and YouTube is available at
    • Machine-generated auto-captioning on YouTube videos may be quite inaccurate. Preview these before using them in class or as assigned resources!