Amara is a collaborative platform (like Wikipedia) where anyone can join in and create subtitles and make content more accessible. When you submit a video, you have your choice of public or private options for the video you want to add to Amara.


Before you begin

  • Log in to your Amara account 

  • Add from a hosting site OR using a direct link 

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

    • Add URL from a video hosting site (YouTubeVimeo)

  • Amara does not host videos

    • We only import video information

    • Video must be embeddable and public to view on Amara

      • 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


  • You can add a video:

    • To the Amara Public Workspace so volunteers can contribute subtitles

    • To a private team where you can control who can view your videos and add subtitles

      • Email for more information about teams

      • Check out this blogpost to learn more about our new subtitling solutions 

  •  Can I delete my video from Amara?

    • Amara is a collaborative platform, if you remove a video, you might delete someone else's contribution. Therefore, we ask that you do not request to remove videos once they have been added to Amara if contributions have been made by other members. 

    • Please ensure you agree to the Amara Terms of Service and are comfortable making your video available for captioning and translation for the long haul, before you submit the video. 

After creating an Amara Account:

  1. Go to the Amara Public Workspace

  2. Click theYour 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:


If someone else added the video to the Amara public library before your attempt, you will be redirected to the public video page created by that user.



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:




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



Special Consideration:

Please note that the 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 the 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

Unfortunately, there is not an easy way to view all the videos you have ever worked on or followed. We plan to create this feature in the future.



To create your own Amara Enterprise Team, contact!


Before adding a video to a team:

  • You must be a Manager, Admin, or Owner of a team

  • Add from a hosting site OR using a direct link 

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

      • For Brightcove and Kaltura, please use mp4 format

    • Add URL from a hosting site (YouTubeVimeo)

  • Public videos are easiest for allowing Amara users to view and subtitle. 

    • For subtitling unlisted and private videos from YouTube, read our YouTube article

    • For subtitling password-protected Vimeo videos, read our Vimeo article.

You can add videos to your team from a few different places: (as manager or above)

  • Team page > Videos tab

  • Video Details page

  • Using Amara API



From your Team Videos page: 

Team page > Videos tab > click the Add videos button to the right of the video search bar.


 Videos page on Amara team with Add video link highlighted


You can also use Add multiple urls to add a group of videos to your team in bulk.


In Team Settings > Workflow, you can change your settings to allow team managers to also add videos to the team.



From Video Details page: 


For videos already in the Amara public area, a link for “add video to team” appears in the left panel.



Move video to your team highlighted for video in Amara Public Workspace



The Video details page may not be visible to the public , depending on the team’s video visibility settings



Subtitling Videos on your Amara Team


Create requests manually or automatically for a video on your Amara Team.


Set the original language when you add a video. If the original language is unclear or not in the language dropdown list you can use alternate settings


In a Collaboration team select “Don’t Set” or “Other” from the language dropdown menu. 


Dialog for adding videos to your team with language dropdown







In a Flexible (old style) team select “Other [x-other]” from the dropdown menu:




Language menu when adding a video to a non-collaboration team





Troubleshoot adding videos to your Amara Team


  • 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


You can prevent duplicate public copies of your own videos in Team Settings:





Prevent duplicates options selected in Team Settings page




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

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