Free closed captioning is now offered on SchoolTube! All you need to do to start captioning your K-12 videos educational videos is to create a free account on SchoolTube and follow the steps outlined below.
First, Why Caption? Captions provide an on-screen text transcription of all spoken words in a video. Captions are important for those in your audience with hearing or learning disabilities. In addition, captions are mandated by Federal ADA regulations for any video that is shared on a school website. SchoolTube offers free machine captioning (automated speech translation), which can be activated using the steps below. Machine captioning is about 85% accurate. Within the video edit screen you have the ability to edit the caption transcript to increase accuracy.
Video Captioning Steps
Step 1 – Upload Your Video
A video must be uploaded and saved as either a private or published in a channel before captions can be added. Watch Uploading Videos to learn how.
Step 2 – Add Captions
There are two ways captions can be added: by ordering our machine process (its free!) or by uploading an external caption file.
Order From MyMedia: Open MyMedia screen, click on the video to be captioned, then click Actions in the upper right corner. Click on Order Captions. Machine Captions will be highlighted, click Submit. Note: This process can be used to request captions on multiple videos simultaneously.
Order From Video Edit Page: From within MyMedia, select a video by clicking on the video name or its thumbnail image This opens the video page. Below the video you will see ACTIONS, click on that to reveal the Captions Request link and follow the same steps as outlined above.
Upload a Caption File: From MyMedia, click on the pencil image to the right of the video, or select the video and click ACTIONS, or when on a video page, click on ACTIONS and then click EDIT. This opens the video EDIT page. Click on Upload Captions File and follow the steps to add your external captions file (must be in .SRT or .DXFP format).
Step 3 – Editing Captions
Editing a existing captions file is a little tricky because the file format is .SRT and most people do not have an SRT editor app on their devices. If you do, use it to open and edit the file. If you don’t, no worries! From MyMedia, open the video and click ACTIONS, or click on the pencil image to open the video edit page. Click on Captions, then click on the Pencil icon found in the captions summary. Download the captions file, and when on your PC, rename the file with a .TXT extension. Open the file, make your edits, then save using the same name but with a .SRT extension. Delete the old captions file from the video, and upload the new file.
If you will be making frequent caption edits, source and download a subtitle or SRT captioning application to streamline the process.
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– The SchoolTube Team