January 30, 2014

Adding Closed Captions for your Videos in Adobe Captivate 7

VideoCCAdding closed captions to your eLearning courses is a basic requirement to meet accessibility standards like Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. You can easily do so for your audio-based courses by adding narration to your screen, adding slide notes, and then converting those slide notes to closed captions.

But a little known fact is that you can have closed captions for slide videos as well. Watch this short tutorial to learn how to associate close captions with your videos embedded in Adobe Captivate 7 courses.

No time to watch the video? Need to take a look at some quick steps? Here you go…

Steps to add video closed captions:

  1. To add a slide video, click Video > Insert Video.Picture1
  2. Add a Multi-Slide Synchronized Video and click OK.
  3. Click Video > Edit Video Timing.
  4. Click the Closed Captioning tab.
  5. Place the cursor at the position where you want to add CC.
  6. Click the + sign and enter the CC text.Picture2
  7. Click CC Project Settings to change the font, size, color, background, and the number of lines in which the captions must be displayed.Picture3
  8. To enable the display of closed captions in the published projects, go to Project > Skin Editor, and select Closed Captioning.
  9. The ‘CC’ button appears in the playbar. While playing or previewing the project, click the ‘CC’ button to view the closed captions.

Leave a comment here to let me know if you have any questions about this workflow or need tutorials for any other feature in Adobe Captivate and/or Adobe Presenter.

Happy Captivating! :)

Posted by poojajaisingh8:31 AM
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  • dave

    where do the closed captions appear? I don’t seem to be able to enable the display of closed captions during playback.

    • Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

      Hi Dave,

      To enable the display of closed captions in the published projects, go to Project > Skin Editor, and select Closed Captioning.

      The ‘CC’ button appears in the playbar. While playing or previewing the project, click the ‘CC’ button to view the closed captions.

  • Mary Lightfoot

    The closed captioning standard is to have the captions centered. Is there a way to center the captions within Captivate?

    • Charlene

      Did you figure this out?

  • Mary Lightfoot

    As a bit more information, I work in an environment with many deaf people. Thus everything that I create must have functional closed captioning, thus the information that I seek about centering closed captioning is an important one in my work situation. Thank you for any information.

  • Stephanie Publicker

    I created a Video Demo in Captivate. When I tried to insert the video into a project .cpvc was not listed. So how do I put closed captioning into a .cpvc video?

    • Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

      Hi Stephanie,

      You can publish you CPVC project as an MP4 video and then get it in a CPTX project to add closed captions.

      • Stephanie Publicker

        Thanks. I did that and got a nicely captioned video. However, when I clicked on the Export Project Captions and Closed Captions, I got a message that there were no captions to export. I’m using Captivate 7.

        • Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

          Try opening Captivate in Admin mode and then export captions. Right-click Captivate 7 icon in start menu and select Run as administrator.

          • Stephanie Publicker

            Alas, that did not work.

    • Lieve Weymeis

      Stephanie, in CP7 you can add cpvc-slides directly, you don’t have to publish them as mp4 and insert as video.

  • Joanna

    Can this be done in Captivate 5.5 version as well?

    • Dr. Pooja Jaisingh

      Yes, this works in Captivate 5.5 as well.

  • nicki

    Is there a way to import a transcript, instead of typing each caption individually?

  • sophsterm .

    What if you have audio in the slides and import video, do you have to duplicate your script in the closed captioning and in the slide notes? Or can you link them?

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