We’ve discussed closed captions in a previous post. We looked at how to create them with free software or online tools. And we also explored how to build closed captions using a single text variable.
Today, we’ll look at how the closed captions feature works in Articulate Storyline 360. You’ll find it a lot easier to use.
How to Create & Edit Closed Caption Text
Here’s how to add captions to audio narration or videos in your course. You can do it right inside of the authoring tool.
- Insert the video (or audio) file.
- From the toolbar, select Add Captions.
- Storyline opens a caption editor where it analyzes the audio track and creates several placeholder caption boxes for you to insert text.
- Select a caption box and start typing. Hit the return key to restart the caption box until you’re done. Hit the tab key to move to the next box.
- Easy as that.
Editing your captions is fairly straightforward. When you open the Closed Captions Editor, you see a timeline with the audio track and caption boxes.
- You can extend or decrease the time of the caption.
- Edit text.
- Click and move the caption boxes.
- Export the closed captions as a .VTT file, which is standard.
Watch the quick tutorial to learn about creating and editing closed captions in Storyline 360.
How to Import Closed Caption Text
Many people like to create their closed caption text in separate applications, export the .VTT (or another format), and import the text file into the authoring tool. That makes sense, especially if you have really long audio or video tracks.
Personally, I like to use Youtube to create my captions for long videos. I upload the video to Youtube and make sure it’s not public. Then, I take my text script and paste it into the field. Youtube does the rest. When it’s done, I can download a .VTT file to use in my e-learning course.
Here’s how it works in Storyline 360.
- Insert a video or audio file into the slide.
- Click on the video and in the ribbon, select Import to access your .VTT file.
- Preview the slide and select the Captions button on the player.
Watch the quick tutorial to learn about importing closed captions.
How to Create a Closed Captions Button
By default, the course player has a captions button. To view captions during the course, click the captions button. That works great if you have the player and captions button enabled. However, some people prefer to diminish the player and want their own captions button on the slide to control when the captions display.
Here’s how to create a custom captions button:
- Insert a button.
- Add a trigger to the button to adjust the Player.Display.Captions variable.
- The variable is like a True/False variable that can be either one or the other when clicked. Set the operator to =NOT Assignment.
- When the button is clicked it toggles the variable value to what is not assigned to. Thus, clicking the button turns the captions or off.
Watch the quick tutorial to learn about creating a custom closed captions button.
And that’s how you add closed captions to your e-learning courses. Pretty simple, huh?
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