This Tool Helps You Prioritize Which YouTube Videos to Caption

November 8, 2017 BY PATRICK LOFTUS
Updated: June 3, 2019

With limited time and resources, one of the most efficient ways to determine which YouTube videos to caption is to prioritize the ones that need it most.

But when you have a large video library this task can be very daunting. How does one choose where to start?

Luckily, Terrill Thompson from the University of Washington’s IT accessibility team has built a tool that tells you which videos you should caption first: the YouTube Caption Auditor.

How the YouTube Caption Auditor Works

The YTCA is basically a free video traffic data generator that can pull data from one or multiple YouTube channels. The University of Washington has used it to pull data from 57 different YouTube channels at a time.

After defining a few variables about your YouTube account and channels, the YTCA will spit out a digestible list of numbers that help you decide how much and what you will need to caption including:

  • Number of videos
  • Total duration of all videos
  • Number of videos with captions (does not include YouTube’s machine-generated captions)
  • Percent of videos that are captioned
  • Mean number of views per video
  • Number of high traffic videos
  • Number of high traffic videos that are captioned
  • Percent of high traffic videos that are captioned
  • Total duration of captioned videos
  • Total duration of captioned high traffic videos

How to Use the YouTube Caption Auditor

The YTCA program itself, instructions for use, and all other necessary documentation are available on Terrill’s GitHub.

If the instructions are a little over your head, or you aren’t that familiar with GitHub, ask someone from your IT department for help.

Essentially, all you need to do is download the files at the top of Terrill’s GitHub into a ZIP file, define the variables within the YTCA configuration block, connect to a YouTube’s API key, and run the program in a browser.

This is a screenshot of the YTCA interface running in Chrome.


After that, choose how many results you would like to see (i.e. if you can only budget to caption X number of videos), click submit, and see which videos need captioning the most!

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