Youtube Subtitles Suck But There Is A Solution

If you make any videos for online please consider people who are deaf or hearing impaired and put subtitles in your video.  If you’re uploading your video to Youtube please don’t rely on the youtube subtitles.  They really, really suck.

Here are some examples;


Bad subtitles on youtube video

Bad subtitling


Bad youtube subtitles

Bad Subtitling


Bad youtube subtitles
Bad Subtitling

If you have a youtube channel you can create an account and link your channel to it.  Amara volunteers will subtitle your videos for you or you can do them yourself using their easy subtitling interface, Universal Subtitles, for free.

Connect your Youtube channel with your Amara account

My Youtube channel connected to my Amara account


It took me about 15 minutes to subtitle one of my videos.  Here it is

There are also share buttons for Facebook and Twitter and an email button so that you can quickly and easily share your videos with your social networks.  You can also get an embed code to embed your videos in your blog or web page.

Even if you don’t make videos or have a Youtube account you can still make subtitles for other people’s videos by joining a team at

Please consider subtitling your videos so that myself and others can utilise them to the full.  Thanks 🙂

The National Library Of Australia’s Web Videos

I receive the National Library’s eNews emails and today I found out about their animated web videos.  This is what they say;

Want to know what the National Library has to offer? We’ve created a fun series of animated web videos to help get you started using our collections and services. In less than 90 seconds you’ll learn how to access our reading rooms and galleries, research your family history, use online resources and order copies from the collection. Watch the full series online.

The videos are:

Even if you already know how to do these things these are very well made animations and still worth watching.  A big surprise for me was that the captions are accurate, because so many videos aren’t,  but you do have to read very quickly.