Closed captioned programming, a longtime feature of network and cable television allowing the hearing impaired to enjoy their programming, has made the leap into online video. The extremely popular video-sharing site YouTube announced this week that it would be offering a closed captioning function to users uploading videos.
Major partners already using the captioning function include BBC News Worldwide and CNET, and YouTube hopes the feature will further enrich enjoyment of the sites videos. According to the announcement, “You can add captions to one of your videos by uploading a closed caption file using the “Captions and Subtitles” menu on the editing page. To add several captions to a video, simply upload multiple files. If you want to include foreign subtitles in multiple languages, upload a separate file for each language.”