Captions

Captions display onscreen text for the audio, sounds, or actions occurring in a video.

 

Captions create videos accessible to a larger audience, including:

  • Viewers who are deaf or hearing-impaired.
  • Viewers that cannot listen to audio in their current settings.
  • Viewers who are non-native speakers by providing onscreen translations in the captions.

Caption Types

Camtasia offers three caption types. The caption type is selected during the video production process.

Caption Type Production Option

Closed Captions

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  • Captions are turned on/off by the viewer via a CC button on the video controller.
  • Captions are ADA compliant.
  • Caption display can be customized.
  • Captions are searchable when produced as a MP4 video. Viewers can click a search result to jump to that location in the video.

Windows:

  • Select Share > Custom Production > New Custom Production > MP4 > Next > Options tab > Captions > Caption type > Closed captions.

 

Mac:

  • Select Share > Screencast.com > Caption Style > Closed Captions.
  • Or, select Share > Local Drive > File format > MP4 > Export for Web Page > Caption Style > Closed Captions.

Burned In Captions (Open Captions)

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  • Captions are burned into the video and cannot be turned off by the viewer.
  • Captions are ADA compliant.
  • Caption display can be customized.
  • Captions are searchable when produced as a MP4 video. Viewers can click a search result to jump to that location in the video.

Windows:

  • Select Share > Custom Production > New Custom Production > MP4 > Next > Options tab > Captions > Caption type > Burned in captions.

 

Mac:

  • Select Share > Local Drive > File format > MP4 > Caption Style > Burned in captions.

Under Video Captions

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  • Captions cannot be turned off by the viewer.
  • This caption type adds captions under the video and increases the video's vertical dimension.

Windows:

  • Select Share > Custom Production > New Custom Production > MP4 > Next > Options tab > Captions > Caption type > Under video captions.

 

Mac:

  • Select Share > Local Drive > File format > MP4 > Export for Web Page > Caption Style > Under video captions.

Add Captions

It is recommended to add captions as the final step before producing your video. Camtasia offers several ways to add captions to your video:

Method Steps
Manually Add Captions
  1. Move the playhead to the beginning of the timeline.
  2. To add captions:
    • On Windows, click the Captions tab and click the Add Caption button.
    • On Mac, click the Audio Effects tab and drag the Captions effect onto the audio track on the timeline. Click the first caption segment.
  3. Click the Loop button or press Enter to play the audio section. Type the caption.

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    • If your caption exceeds three lines, the text changes to gray. Click the Split button to move the gray text into a new caption.
    • To change the duration of a caption, drag the Duration slider.The default duration is four seconds.
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  4. Click the Next Caption button or press the Tab key to add a new caption.
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  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the end of the video.

Add Captions from a Script

You can paste a prepared script into the caption editor to synchronize the script with the audio playback.

  1. Move the playhead to the beginning of the timeline.
  2. On Windows, click the Captions tab and click the Add Caption button.

    On Mac, click the Audio Effects tab and drag the Captions effect onto the timeline.
  3. Paste a script into the caption editor.
  4. Click the Gear icon and select Sync captions.
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  5. Read the instructions that appear and when ready to sync captions, click Continue. The video begins playing and the sync controls appear below the caption editor.
  6. To add a new caption, click a word when you hear the word played back.

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    • Click Pause to pause the video playback.
    • Click Stop to finish syncing the script and captions.
Import or Export a Caption File

You can import or export captions as SAMI or SRT (SubRip) files. Export captions created in Camtasia to archive, to use in another program, or to share captions across platforms.

Import a Caption File

Select File > Import > Captions and select a SAMI or SRT (SubRip) file. The caption file opens in the caption editor.

Export a Caption File

  1. Select the Share menu > Export Captions.
  2. Enter a file name and select SAMI or SRT.
  3. On Windows, click Save. On Mac, click Export.

In Camtasia project files, captions are not cross-platform compatible. To share captions between Mac and Windows, you must export the caption file as a SAMI or SRT file and then import the file into Camtasia on the other platform. See Import or Export a Caption File.

 

ADA Compliant Caption Tips

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute designed to ensure equal access to opportunities and benefits for qualified individuals with disabilities. In many state, government and education institutions, videos must include ADA compliant captions.

 

Apply these caption tips to make your captions ADA compliant:

  • Include no more than 32 characters per line.
  • One to three lines of text appear onscreen, display for three to seven seconds, and then are replaced by the next caption.
  • Captions are available throughout the entire video, even when there is no speaking.
  • Time captions to synchronize with the audio.
  • Require the use of upper and lowercase letters.
  • Use a font similar to Helvetica medium.

    If the caption style is not ADA compliant on Windows, the red ADA icon appears below the caption editor. To restore ADA compliancy for all captions, click the ADA dropdown and select Make Compliant.

  • Captions should be accessible and readily available to those who need or want them.
  • Captions should appear onscreen long enough to be read.
  • Speakers should be identified when more than one person is onscreen or when the speaker is not visible.
  • Spelling is correct.
  • Words should be verbatim when time allows or as close as possible in other situations.
  • All words are captioned, regardless of language or dialect.
  • Punctuation is used to clarify meaning.
  • Add music or other descriptions inside brackets such as [music] or [laughter].
  • Indicate when no narration is present and describe any relevant sound effects.
  • Use of slang and accent is preserved and identified.

 

Working with Captions

Delete caption
  • On Windows, select caption on timeline and press the Delete key.
  • On Mac, select caption on timeline and delete text from the caption editor.
Remove all captions from media or timeline
  • On Windows, select Modify > Captions > Remove All Captions.
  • On Mac, select media on timeline. Select Modify > Captions > Remove Captions.
Split caption Right-click on the caption and select Split Caption.
Merge caption
  • Move the playhead to the caption on the timeline to merge. Right-click on the caption and select Merge with Next Caption.
  • Or, click the gear icon GearIcon.png and select an option.
Hide captions in video

On Windows:

  • On the Captions track, click the disable option.
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  • Or, Select Share > Custom Production > New Custom Production > MP4 option > Next > Options tab > Uncheck the Captions option.

On Mac:

  • Select View > Hide Caption Track.
  • Or, click Properties PropertiesButton.png > Hide Caption Track.

 

 

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