New: Captioning Your Zoom Recordings

This video will walk you through the process of using YouTube to generate captions for your Zoom recording. How to Use YouTube to Caption Your Zoom Video (6:56)

Getting Started

The first thing you will want to do is to log in to YouTube. To do this, you’ll need to set up a Google account if you do not already have one. Your Google account can be used for YouTube, Google My Business, Gmail, and any other YouTube platforms.

Choosing a File

After logging in to YouTube, choose the upload arrow button near the upper right hand corner of the page. From there you will be taken to the Upload page.

Privacy Settings

Different types of videos should have different types of privacy on your YouTube channel.

It’s important to set the privacy before uploading videos you do not want available to the public or visible on your channel.

Here’s a breakdown of what each privacy setting means:

  • Public:
    Anyone can see your video, it can appear as a suggested video, and will be listed in the Videos section on your channel. Videos that you are sharing to educate, create engagement on social media, promote your brand, or give your audience an inside look at your business or community are best served by the Public setting.
  • Unlisted:
    This means that only people who have a link to the video can watch it. When someone clicks the video section of your YouTube channel the video will not be discoverable. Unlisted videos do not appear in YouTube suggested views or in YouTube search results. Utilizing the Unlisted privacy setting allows you to share certain videos only with the people who will find it relevant.
  • Private:
    Videos with the Private setting can only be seen by you and the users you choose to see the video. Private videos do not appear on your channel and are undiscoverable from all users.
  • Scheduled:
    This privacy setting uploads the video to your channel but makes it so the video is not seen by the public until the date and time you choose during upload. This setting allows you to plan out a video campaign or series without having to upload each video individually.

Once you choose your privacy, click the big arrow button and select the video you want to upload from your files, or simply drag and drop the file.


While the video uploads to your channel, you can see its progress on a status bar. Once uploaded, the video then has to process. You can see the progress for that in the status bar as well.

Title, Description, and Tags

Your title is the most important piece of information you will provide about your video.

You want to make sure the title of your video is relevant. You don’t want the title to be vague or difficult for someone to figure out what your video is about.


YouTube generates three choices of thumbnail images for you. The thumbnail image will be seen on your channel, playlists, suggested video previews, and also anywhere your video is embedded.

Your Video’s Page on YouTube

Now that you have uploaded your video, you can go to its dedicated YouTube page. Your video now has its own URL that you can share with students.

From the video’s page you can also access settings, enhancements, audio, annotations, and closed captions.

For information on how to activate auto-captions or submit your own captions, review YouTube’s Add your own subtitles & closed captions web page.

To view this information as an infographic, see Constant Contact Infographic: How to Upload a Video to YouTube from Start to Finish.