It is important to provide closed captions, transcripts, and written descriptions so that students who cannot hear the audio will be able to access the information included there. This also gives students options for how they receive the information, since some may prefer to read rather than listen to the audio. This is helpful for students in situations where they must mute audio or would be unable to hear due to background noise.

Closed captions are those that are included within a video in such a way that the user has the option to turn them on or off, as compared to Open captions which are embedded in the video image and cannot be hidden. Closed captions have further benefit of being customizable for different languages, display sizes and colors. 

Our three main video tools all support auto captioning that will provide the closed captions shortly after the video is recorded. While this process is usually over 90% accurate, depending upon the audio quality and accent of the speaker, you will want to proofread and edit for any errors. 

VoiceThread - 

To enable the closed captioning within a VoiceThread, you must first click the “CC” icon to turn captioning on. Captions will be processed automatically from the audio. This may take a few minutes for short videos or longer for an extended recording.

  1. Once the processing is finished, you can edit the text of any video post or comment you create by clicking its CC icon. 

  1. This will open a pop-up box. The text is broken into small sections that will appear together on the screen in sync with the video. Click to select any word or phrase and then type the correction. 

  1. Click the “save” button to register the caption edit changes.

Panopto - to use the auto-captioning feature, first click on the “Edit: icon for the video.

NOTE: if you will be editing the video, do this first before importing the captions.

  1. Click on the Captioning tab.

  1. Select the “Import automatic captions” option.

  1. You will see the captions in a side-bar on the left of your computer screen. The text is broken into small sections that will appear together on the screen in sync with the video. The time code in each segment indicates the location within the video as it plays.

  1. To edit words in the captions, first click within a segment, and then select a word to edit. Type the corrected word or phrase.

  1. You can also click the delete symbol to remove an entire segment of the caption text.

  1. When you are done with the caption editing, click the “Apply” button. Your captions will NOT appear unless you publish them.

Zoom - 

  1. To access recordings and captions of meeting made through the Zoom/Moodle integration process, first click the Zoom link in your Moodle course.

  2. On the Zoom portal page that opens, click the Cloud Recordings tab.

  3. Click the name of the recording you want to access.

  4. Click the icon for the video.

  5. The auto-generated captions will appear on the right margin. To edit a section, click its edit icon.

  6. When you are finished editing that section, click the Save button.
  7. The closed captions will appear on the video when a use clicks the CC icon at the bottom of the video's control bar.