Tools for Captioning and Description

CapScribe — Do it Yourself (DIY) media access
A Free Tool for Non-Profits, Public Sector Organizations, and Individuals

Important - Please read!! CapScribe Is No Longer Available
CapScribe RIP 2002 to 2014

With much regret, we were no longer able to make CapScribe available. Apple had migrated away from Quicktime 7 to a new media foundation. CapScribe, with its dependency on Quicktime 7 APIs, had seen several features become inoperable, including the ability to embed text tracks into videos and have them play in Quicktime X, the current replacement for Quicktime 7. We expect that other critical features in CapScribe would stop working with new Mac OS X updates. Sadly, we didn’t have the time or resources to do the kind of major overhaul that is required.

It’s been quite a run, though! When CapScribe started, few people talked about or even implemented accessible media solutions, and even when web accessibility was addressed, Media accessibilty seemed like an afterthought. Fast forward – there’s a lot of awareness that media access is an intergral part of a complete web experience, some really great legislative efforts, along with new tools and support. We are now undertaking a new generation of CapScribe. Stay tuned....

While we are no longer distributing CapScribe, if you are already a CapScribe user and/or have questions in regards to it's revitalization project in 2019-2020, please feel free to contact us.

Note – some historical materal follows: If you’re a public sector organization, a nonprofit, a student or an individual who doesn’t have the budget for adding captions or descriptions to your videos, we would like to invite you to try CapScribe, our Mac-based video editor for captioning and description. Our hope is that CapScribe will get you up and running. In return we ask you to spread the word about how CapScribe works for you.

With CapScribe, you can produce captions for Quicktime and YouTube videos, and a few additional formats as well. CapScribe’s editor gives you precise control over setting up each caption. It’s easy to set up, edit, and re-edit your captions and time codes. We think you’ll find CapScribe a fast and enjoyable experience. CapScribe also offers a way to create video description.

To use CapScribe, you’ll need at least a Duo Core 2 Intel Mac, Snow Leopard/Mac OS 10.6 or higher, and 4GB of RAM or greater (though 2GB will do for shorter videos).

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View of CapScribe’s Caption Editor

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View of CapScribe’s Video Description Editor


Charles Silverman had been developing CapScribe for longer than he can remember.

CapScribe has always been about getting as many people as possible to caption and describe their web and desktop media. We’ve been busy adding new features, making other improvements, and repairing various glitches.

Inclusive Media and Design Inc was very proud to support ongoing CapScribe development.

What You Can Do

CapScribe was always work-in-progress. We still use a special internal edition for much of our media services work at Inclusive Media and Design. What we learn about captioning and description from our work was applied to newer releases of CapScribe. You can help by sending us your feedback and links to your finished videos for us to showcase.

When you can’t get everything done yourself use our web captioning and descriptive video services. And spread the word - let others know what we offer. This will help to fund further CapScribe development, commencing in 2019.

Consider doing volunteer captioning and description. There’s plenty of content out there, and many non-profit organizations that would more than welcome your help!

Instructions for Being Involved in the Revitalization of CapScribe

Email your request to, and we’ll get back to you regarding what's possible. (We are especially interested if you have had experience with older versions.)

Be sure to include the following survey questions and responses in your email:

  • What do you do?
  • Where do you work (if relevant to your request)? If at a university, please identify the group/research unit you’re involved with as well as the school.
  • How are you planning to use CapScribe?
  • Are you a previous user of CapScribe?
  • How did you hear about CapScribe?

We’ll try and get back to you within a few days.