IRT Technology Support
How Do I Turn On Closed Captioning?

I have a DVD I want to watch on a Projector or Television

To activate closed-captioning on a DVD, you must enable Subtitles from the DVD menu.  The projector or TV has no control over the closed-captioning on a DVD. For more information, follow the steps below:

These instructions are intended for individuals who have basic experience with media-related hardware.  If you are unfamiliar with audio/video components, please contact your campus Media Center and a Media Tech will assist you. 

The DVD you are watching must be closed-captioned by the publisher in order for closed-captioning to work.  We strongly encourage faculty to make sure all media is [CC] enabled before purchasing it for use in the classroom.   

To turn on closed-captioning, you will need:

  • A DVD which includes subtitles
  • A DVD Player or Computer/Laptop which plays DVD's
  • A Projector or Television

If your DVD is captioned by the publisher, or if you are not sure, follow these steps:

  • Make sure both the DVD Player and TV or Projector are powered on. 
  • Set your video source to the DVD player by pressing the “Source” or “Input” button on the Projector or TV remote until you see the DVD screen.
  • Many DVD remotes have a "Subtitle" button on them. Press this button to activate closed-captioning. If you do not see a "Subtitle" button, you can still access the captions from the menu.
  • Press “Menu” on the DVD remote and look for an option to turn on the subtitle feature. DVD menus are different for each disk – sometimes the subtitles are listed under the heading of “Audio Setup”, “Languages”, “Playback Options” or something similar.
  • Once you find the Subtitle option on the DVD, highlight and select the option using the remote.  Set the subtitles to “On”, “English”, etc.  Every DVD will have different options.
  • If you do not see any “Subtitle”, “Audio”, “Languages”, or similar option on the DVD menu, your DVD is not Closed-Captioned.  

If your DVD is not captioned, you can request an interpreter at ACC’s Interpreter Services Website.  An interpreter will be able to provide sign-language for your class in lieu of closed-captioning.

I have a VHS Tape I want to watch on a Projector

If you have a VHS tape you want to watch on a projector, the projector must support closed-captioning.  Epson Powerlite 822P Projectors have built-in closed captioning.  These are the most widely-used projectors on ACC campuses.  If you are using an older projector, please contact the Media Center.  The Media Center will allow you to check out a cart with a newer projector.

You can access the closed-captioning option from the projector’s menu.  Follow the steps below for more information.

These instructions are intended for individuals who have basic experience with media-related hardware.  If you are unfamiliar with audio/video components, please contact your campus Media Center and a Media Tech will assist you. 

The VHS tape you are watching must be closed-captioned by the publisher in order for closed-captioning to work.  We strongly encourage faculty to make sure all media is [CC] enabled before purchasing it for use in the classroom.   

To turn on closed-captioning, you will need:

  • A projector that supports Closed-Captioning (Epson Powerlite 822P)
  • A VCR
  • A VHS tape that has been captioned by the publisher.

If your VHS tape is captioned by the publisher, or if you are not sure, follow these steps:

  • For the Epson Powerlite 822P Projector:
    • Make sure both the VCR and Projector are powered on. 
    • Set your video source to the VCR by pressing the “Source” or “Input” button on the Projector or Projector remote.
    • Press the “Menu” button on the projector or projector remote.
    • Select the “Extended” menu and press Enter.
    • Select “Display” and press Enter.
    • Select “Closed Caption” and press Enter.
    • Select "CC1" and press Enter. CC1 is the native language subtitle (usually English). CC2, etc. are for foreign language subtitles, if available.
    • Press "Menu" to exit the menu.
    • Insert your VHS tape into the VCR and press play.

If your VHS is not captioned, you can request an interpreter at ACC’s Interpreter Services Website.  An interpreter will be able to provide sign-language for your class in lieu of closed-captioning.

I have a Computer/Internet Video I watch on a Projector

If you are watching a computer or internet video on a projector, captions must be turned on with the media player which is displaying the video (i.e. YouTube, Windows Media Player, Quicktime, Real Player, etc).  The projector has no control over the captions of a computer video. 

Most media players allow captions to be displayed for videos that are CC Enabled. Windows Media Player, Quicktime, Real Player, and YouTube videos all allow you to turn captions on from their Menu. Unfortunately, very few videos produced for the web are closed-captioned.

Due to the large variety of computer operating systems, internet browsers, and media software available, it's best to search the web or your software's "Help" menu to see how to turn on captions for your media player.

If you need help, please contact your campus Media Center and a Media Tech will assist you.  If your computer video is not captioned, you can request an interpreter at ACC’s Interpreter Services Website.  An interpreter will be able to provide sign-language for your class in lieu of closed-captioning.

I have a VHS Tape or TV show I want to watch on a Television

Nearly all Televisions provide support for Closed-Captioning. If you are watching a TV show or VHS tape, you can enable Closed-Captioning from the Television's Menu.

These instructions are intended for individuals who have basic experience with media-related hardware.  If you are unfamiliar with audio/video components, please contact your campus Media Center and a Media Tech will assist you. 

The VHS tape or TV show you are watching must be closed-captioned by the publisher in order for closed-captioning to work.  We strongly encourage faculty to make sure all media is [CC] enabled before purchasing it for use in the classroom.   

Listed below are instructions for turning on closed-captioning for the most common televisions found on ACC Campuses. Even if your Television model is not listed, the steps will still be very similar to those listed below.

RCA Televisions
Model Numbers: F25648/F25645

  1. Press “Menu” on the TV or remote
  2. Navigate to the “Screen” menu option
  3. Select “Closed-Caption Display”
  4. Set it to “On Always”
  5. If you still don’t see captions, select “Closed-Caption Mode” from the Menu, and set it to “CC1”.

SYLVANIA Televisions
Model Number: 6427GG

  1. Press “Menu” on the TV or Remote
  2. Navigate to the “Caption” menu option
  3. Select “CC1”

ZENITH Televisions
Model Numbers: H25F34DT/H25F39DT/H27F36DT

  1. Find the “Captions” button on the TV set and press it to activate it “On” or “Off”.

For Model Number Z25X22S:

  1. Press “Menu” on the TV
  2. Press the “Select” button until you see “Caption/Text”
  3. Press the “Adjust” button until you see “Caption 1”.

If your VHS or TV show is not captioned, you can request an interpreter at ACC’s Interpreter Services Website.  An interpreter will be able to provide sign-language for your class in lieu of closed-captioning.