Accessibility and Video Captions

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), classroom materials must be accessible to a student with hearing loss the same time they are accessible to students who can hear. If your course includes the viewing of professionally produced videos, please check to confirm that video materials have English subtitles or captioning. DVDs, Blu-Rays, and videos available via subscription services such as Netflix, Hulu or Amazon are typically (though not always) already captioned. Captioned DVDs and BluRays will have a “cc” or capital “Q” symbol on the packaging.

Upon reviewing your material and finding it not captioned, check with the production company to see if a captioned version is available. With advance notice, University Libraries may be able obtain a captioned version for you through Interlibrary Loan.

If your curriculum includes YouTube videos, please review the videos (prior to showing them in class) to assess the existing captions. Youtube's automatic captions are often inaccurate to the point of being unintelligible, and do not fulfill the accessibility requirements mentioned above. If the video either has inaccurate captioning or no captions at all, instructors in the Department of English can contact Erin Chambers at for guidance. Depending on the nature and length of the video, the department may be able to host and caption the video for you. Please note that captioning video takes a considerable amount of time. The longer the video, the longer it will take to complete the captioning process.

Purchasing Captions

To order captions for a video or audio file, the file must first be uploaded to MediaHub.

  1. Log in to MediaHub.
  2. Click the “Login” button at the top of the UNL site and log in with your My.UNL username and password.
  3. In the main menu, click “Manage Media.”
  4. Find the video file on your hard drive, and drag-and-drop it into the MediaHub window (where it says “Add Media: .mp4 or .mp3”)
  5. Enter a title, author, and description.
  6. Set the privacy level for the video.
    • Public: viewable by anyone, anywhere.
    • Private: only be available to you, and only when you are logged in
    • Unlisted: viewable by anyone, but not listed in public MediaHub search results.
  7. Click the red “Next Step: Add Captions” button.
  8. Follow the instructions in the “Order Captions With Your Cost Object Number” section. Captioning currently costs $1/minute, a special low rate for UNL faculty, staff and students.