Generate Machine Captions

Machine captions are available through MediaSpace. Machine captions do not meet ADA accessibility requirements, but are a great way to generate captions for your course media that will only be used once, or as a starting point to build ADA-compliant captions when funding for human captions is not available. If you have a student with documented accommodations, please continue working with the DRC to ensure your media and course materials are fully accessible.

Enabling Machine Captions is a 2 step process.

  1. Generate Machine Captions
  2. Enable Machine Captions

Machine caption files are typically generated within 30 minutes of the request. Once the files have been generated, you must manually enable them on your media.

Generate Machine Captions

  1. Login to Media Space at
  2. Click the desired media from your My Media list.
  3. Click Actions.
  4. Select Captions Requests from the dropdown menu.
    Actions drop down menu. Edit, publish, add to playlist, analytics, captions requests, launch editor, delete. Captions requests highlighted.
  5. Complete the captions order request. The default selections are:
    • Service: Machine
    • Source Media Language: English (You may change the language selection if needed.)
    • Feature: Captions
  6. Click Submit to request machine captions.

Enable Machine Captions

  1. Click the desired media from your My Media list.
  2. Click Actions.
  3. Select Edit from the dropdown menu.
  4. Click the Captions tab below the media.
  5. To edit them, select Edit Captions or the pencil icon in the Actions column.
  6. To display them, click the icon on the far right to Show Captions on Player. This can be toggled off if you want to stop displaying them.
  7. Your media will now display machine captions.


This article was last updated on Feb 10, 2021 @ 12:22 pm.