All instructors have the option of adding subtitles to video lectures, or using Udemy’s auto-generated subtitles for English, Spanish and Portuguese video lectures, which are created using speech recognition technology.
If a course is subtitled, this article outlines how you can turn them on and off while accessing Udemy on a browser. In addition, this article explains how you can use the transcripts feature to read what the instructor is saying.
- Learn on how to find courses with subtitles.
- Using the Udemy mobile app? Learn how to how to turn subtitles on and off on the mobile app.
How to turn subtitles on or off
If subtitles are available for a lecture, a closed captions icon will appear at the bottom right of the course player on your browser. Move your cursor to the icon and select the subtitles language you would like to see. To turn subtitles off, however, select the Off option.
You can also adjust the font size of the subtitles, and the background opacity for them, by clicking on Caption Settings. Then click on Font Size or Background Opacity to make the adjustments you wish to see. The option to have the subtitles appear under the course video can also be accessed in the caption settings.
How the language for the subtitles is determined
If your account language is set to any other language than English, then subtitles in this language will appear automatically. If subtitles in your account language aren't available, however, then English subtitles will show instead.
You can turn the subtitles off at anytime by following the steps outlined above in the Turn Subtitles On or Off section. Please note that this turns subtitles off for all subtitled courses.
- Learn how to change your account’s language preferences.
How to access transcripts for the course
The transcripts feature is another way to read text of what instructors are saying, as you progress through their course. In addition, transcripts can help you find relevant content more easily, by providing the ability to easily navigate through text of what the instructor’s said.
You can quickly access the transcripts feature by clicking on the Transcripts at the bottom of the course player.
After you click on Transcripts, text of what the instructor’s said will open on the right-hand panel of the screen. The transcripts will be written in the same language that has been selected for the subtitles.
The current sentence will be highlighted, and then the text will autoscroll, as the instructor continues to speak. You can jump ahead, or back to any moment in the lecture, by clicking on a particular sentence.
How to Report Issues With Subtitles
If you experience issues with the subtitles, please let us know by using the Report a Technical Issue option, which can be accessed by clicking on the gear icon at the bottom right.