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How do I add captions to media in Canvas Studio?

How do I add captions to media in Canvas Studio?

You can generate or upload caption files to a video or audio files that you can edit in Canvas Studio. The most common file type is an SRT file, though Studio also supports VTT files, which are more user-friendly for mobile devices.

If you need help creating a captioned file, you can use a captioning site such as Amara to easily create captions for your video or audio files.

Locate Media

Locate Media

In your Studio account, locate the media you want to view. You can view your uploaded media on the My Library page [1], or search for the media in the search field [2].

Open Media

Open Media

Hover over the media and click the Play image.

Add Captions

Add Captions

To generate or upload captions, click the Captions tab.

Generate Captions

Generate Captions

To automatically generate captions for your media, choose the spoken language [1] and click the Request button [2].

View Captions

View Captions

After your caption file has been queued and processed, your generated caption file will appear in the Manage Captions section.

View Caption Options

View Caption Options

To view more options for the caption file, click the Options icon [1]. To review and publish the captions, click the Edit link [2]. When you are editing the auto-generated caption file, the media file will automatically pause until you click the next timestamp.

You can also download [3], replace [4], or delete [5] any caption file.

Review and Publish Captions

Review and Publish Captions

Review the generated caption file and click the Publish button. Any additional changes made to the caption file after it is published will be saved automatically.

Upload Captions

Upload Captions

To upload a caption file, click the language button for the caption file you want to upload [1].

To upload a custom caption file, click the Show More link [2].

Upload Custom Captions

Upload Custom Captions

Click the Custom button.

Enter Language

Enter the name of the language [1] and click the Submit button [2].

Select File

Select File

Locate and select the file on your computer [1]. Click the Choose or Open button [2].

View Captions

View Captions

Your caption file will appear in the Manage Captions section [1]. To upload a caption file for another language, click the language button for that language [2].

View Caption Options

View Caption Options

To view options for a caption file, click the Options icon [1]. You can download [2], replace [3], or delete [4] any caption file.

Enable Captions

Enable Captions

To toggle captions in your media, click the Captions icon [1]. By default, captions are off.

To select a language, click the language you want to view [2].

Comments

Why does the option for closed captions on youtube videos disappear when imported to Canvas Studio? 

Is there an easy way to to copy the captions from youtube then upload in Canvas Studio? 

I have the same question. If there isn't a good way to use the captions for YouTube videos, then I won't be able to use Studio for my videos, which would be a shame.

Yeah, it seems a bit shortsighted to create a tool that doesn't allow captions to be brought in from youtube considering Captions are required by law for videos to be used in remote instruction.

Hi @JBrowerSWCC and @suzanne_r_david, I did some digging into this question and found out that unfortunately YouTube doesn't allow access to captions through the API, which is why the captions don't import with the video. Some schools have contacted the video owner to request a caption file to upload to Studio. 

Thanks,

Emily

It's a clunky interface, but the students can actually open the video on YouTube from their phones and turn the captions on there. Here's a screenshot from an android phone. I've logged into a demo course where I"m enrolled as a student, I'm using the Canvas Student app. My video is hosted on YouTube, but it's pulled in to Canvas via Studio and is posted on a page. 

CanvasstudentScreenshot.jpg

Like I said, it is clunky. The student has to click the video and elect to open it in Youtube and then get to the settings option and toggle the captions on. But they can get them. 

Thanks, @bethany_winslow . I wanted to use the Quiz feature, which would be really clunky for students needing to leave to view the captions. I always have at least one or two students who need captioning (as do I), so I don't want to do anything that results in painful workflows.

Best,

Suzanne

@suzanne_r_david yeah, I'd not use Studio for quizzes. Just embed or link to a YouTube video. Boom, done.

@bethany_winslow, I think it depends.

I think that for things like ungraded self-checks, it's nice to be able to probe right after the information is presented, rather than all at once in a quiz. Many of our faculty like to use YouTube resources, rather than just creating their own videos, and using the comment and self-check features would be a nice touch. It is more informal and friendly than a quiz, which has "judgemental" overtones.

Best,

Suzanne

Is there an option to always have Captions on?

@suzanne_r_david good point. So yeah, it's clunky to have to open the video in a new window. 

@bkreusch I don't know the answer to your question, but I do know that's a no-no. For example, sometimes people make videos and burn the captions in so they are always on display regardless if someone wants or needs them. If you don't need captions, having them present is a distraction.  Users should always be the ones who control how they access the content and the features they want.

Hi @bkreusch, thanks for your question. As far as I know, there is not a way to always have captions turned on in Studio. And thank you, @bethany_winslow, for lending your expertise! 🙂 

Please let us know if there's anything else we can help with.

Emily

Hello - I am having an issue with a long video (approx. 40 min). The Caption Editor area becomes VERY laggy when editing the captions with the video playing. I am using a decent computer with lots of ram on Chrome browser. I am wondering if it's possible for someone to look into if they can reproduce this performance issue on long videos with lots of spoken words?

Edit: The lag seems to start if I have the video playing and click in a captioning "time slot" to attempt to edit a caption. The video and browser lock up for a few seconds each time I do that. I have repeated this issue in Chrome and Microsoft Edge. 

Hi @Rob_Tob, thanks for your comment. I suspect the editor is having trouble keeping up with such a long video, but you could reach out to Canvas Support to have them take a closer look. Alternately, you might have better luck using a caption editor like Amara.

Thanks,

Emily

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