Amara is a collaborative platform (like Wikipedia) where anyone can join in and create subtitles and make content more accessible. 


Before You Begin

  • Log in to your Amara account.

  • Add from a hosting site OR by using a direct link. 

    • We support mp3, mp4, ogv, webm file formats.

    • These formats are compatible with the Amara editor and the Amara embedder.

    • This ensures they can play, pause, fast forward, skip back, and navigate to any place in the video.

    • Add the URL from a video hosting site (YouTubeVimeo).

  • Amara does not host videos.

    • We only import video information from the video hosting site.

    • Video must be embeddable and public on the video hosting site.

      • Check in host site settings, whitelist if necessary.

      • If a video is private, users will not be able to view it.

      • If a video is password protected, users must enter the password to view.

  • Please note when adding a video to the Amara Public Workspace: videos added to the Amara Public Workspace that have no subtitling activity after 30 days will automatically be removed from Amara.

Warning message when adding a video to the Amara Public Workspace: videos with no subtitling activity after 30 days will automatically be removed from Amara.


  • You can add videos back at any time when you are ready to begin creating subtitles.

  • Videos where subtitles are started but there is no activity for 30 days will not be subject to removal from Amara Public Workspace.



Add Videos to the Amara Public Workspace


After creating an Amara Account:

  1. Go to the Amara Public Workspace

  2. Click the Your Videos tab

  3. Click the Add Videos button

  4. Copy and paste the URL from the public hosting site


Add Video to Amara Public dialog box with 4 areas highlighted: Amara Public Workspace, Your Videos, Add video, and Video URL


Note: Amara does not host videos and you cannot upload your videos directly from your computer to Amara.


For videos on hosting websites like YouTube or Vimeo, the URL of the video is in the address bar of video page:


Detail screenshot of Youtube page with video URL highlighted

Videos you submit to Amara’s public area:

  • Should not have copyright issues or sensitive information 

  • Should be set to public so other users can view them

    • YouTube: 

      • Public videos

      • Unlisted videos

    • Vimeo:

      • Public videos

      • Password protected videos 

        • Users must enter password to view


If Amara is able to find your video online and recognize the video format, the system will create a Web page for your video and you will be redirected to that video’s page:

Video page on Amara public with video player and add/edit subtitle button



If the video you are trying to add has already been added by another user on Amara, you will be directed to the public video page created by that user. 

Adding YouTube Shorts to Amara

If you wish to add captions or translations to YouTube Shorts you can follow these steps to add a YouTube Short to Amara:

  • Right click anywhere on the video.
  • When the black pop-up menu appears, select Copy video URL at current time.

Black pop-up menu that appears when you right click on a YouTube video.  "Copy video URL at current time" selection is highlighted by a red box.

  • The URL that gets copied to your clipboard will allow you to add the video to Amara so you can start creating captions.


Troubleshoot adding videos to the Amara library

  • Videos must be embeddable

    • does not host video or audio records

      • We only store subtitles and some related data

      • Amara plays videos from their source location

    • Whitelist  for embedding on video source site

If you are unable to add your video to Amara:

  • If the video belongs to an Amara team with proprietary videos, individuals are not allowed to make subtitles in the public area.


Screenshot of error page from trying to view proprietary videos



View your Videos

Click Amara Public Workspace at the top of the page to view the videos you already added to the public workspace:


A pink arrow points to the Amara Public workspace navigation item and highlighted videos added by an Amara user 


This will open a list of video submissions with titles and thumbnails. Click on the video card to view more information.


We are currently looking at ways to improve viewing all of the videos that you have worked on or followed. We would love to hear your feedback on what would work best for you. Please share any suggestions through email at


Special Consideration:

Please note that your Videos tab only contains the videos that were successfully submitted through your Amara profile. Videos submitted by someone else, including anonymous (not signed in) users, will not appear in your Videos tab.

To view the user who originally submitted a video:

  • Go to the video page

  • Open the Activity tab on the video page

  • Click the View All Activity link

  • Go to the last (oldest) page and view the last entry

Adding Private Videos on Amara 

If you are interested in a private workspace please check out Amara Enterprise options, or contact our team at!


Thank you for your contributions to support an inclusive and accessible media ecosystem!

If you have any questions or suggestions, please share your feedback!

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