Captions

Captions are not cross-platform compatible. When saving a project to use on Windows or Mac OS, captions are not included.

It is recommended you add captions after all other editing is complete in the project.

Captions allow persons with hearing disabilities to have access to videos by displaying the audio portion of the video as text onscreen.

In many state, government, or education institutions, videos must include ADA compliant captions. Camtasia helps you adhere to these standards by providing an ADA compliant captioning feature.

 

Captions are also used to create videos accessible to a larger audience, such as:

  • Viewers that cannot listen to audio with their current settings.
  • International audiences with subtitles and onscreen translations for non-native speakers.
  • Viewers are nonnative speakers, cannot understand the speaker's accent, or the speech is not entirely clear (subtitles).

Add Basic Captions

Camtasia Windows Camtasia Mac
  1. Click Captions tab. 
  2. Click Add Caption.
    A caption appears on the timeline and caption track appears above the timeline.
  3. Type desired caption. Press Enter to hear audio while entering caption.
  4. Click  to create new caption.
  1. Click Audio Effects tab. 
  2. Drag Captions effect to audio file on timeline. The caption track appears above the timeline. By default, captions are divided into four-second segments and span the entire duration of the audio clip.
  3. Click the first caption segment. The caption is highlighted and the caption editor appears over the canvas.

  4. Type desired caption. The timeline plays audio while typing.
  5. Click right arrow to move to next audio segment and create new caption.

Working with Captions

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Add new caption...

In caption editor, click  to create new caption.

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Click Captions tab > Add caption. 

In caption editor, click right arrow to create next caption.

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  1. Click Audio Effects tab. 
  2. Drag Captions effect to audio file on timeline
Change font attributes...

Captions are ADA compliant by default. Changing the font can make captions non ADA compliant.

  1. In the caption editor, click the Font icon. 
  2. Change font style, color, size, and more.

Changing the font can make captions non ADA compliant. To learn how to write ADA compliant captions, see ADA Compliancy Tips.

  1. In the caption editor, click the Font icon. 
  2. Change font style, color, size, and more.

 

Return captions to ADA Compliance...

If a selected font attribute is not ADA compliant, the ADA Compliant button in the caption editor turns red.

  • To restore ADA compliancy for all captions, click redADA button > Make Compliant button.
  • This is a global setting. All captions return to ADA compliancy and all other formatting is removed.

There is no automatic feature for creating ADA compliant captions for Camtasia Mac. To learn how to write ADA compliant captions, see ADA Compliancy Tips.

 

Loop caption audio to rehear caption...

Click the loop button.

Click the loop button.

Adjust caption duration...

Grab end of caption and drag in either direction.

Windows

Grab end of caption and drag in either direction.

Delete caption...

Select caption on timeline and press Delete key.

Select caption on timeline. Remove text from caption editor.

Remove all captions from selected media or timeline... Choose Modify > Captions > Remove all Captions.

Select media on timeline with captions > Modify > Captions > Remove Captions.

Copy and paste caption to new location...
  1. Select caption on timeline and click Copy button on toolbar.
  2. Move to new location on timeline and click Paste button on toolbar.
  1. Select caption text in the caption editor and press Cmd+C.
  2. Move to new caption. Press Cmd+V to paste text.
Split caption... Right click caption > Split caption. Right click caption > Split caption.
Merge caption...
  • Place playhead on caption to merge. Right click caption > Merge with Previous/Next Caption.
  • Or, click gear icon  > choose option.
  • Place playhead on caption to merge. Right click caption > Merge with Next Caption.
  • Or, click gear icon  > choose option.
Hide captions in shared video...

Click the disable icon on the captions track. 

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Choose Share > Custom Production >New Custom Production > MP4 option > Next > Options tab > Uncheck Captions.

View > Hide Caption Track.

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Click Properties > Hide Caption Track.

Import or export caption file...

Supported caption file types are SAMI and SRT (SubRip) files.

File > Import > Captions.

Share > Export Captions.

Supported caption file types are SAMI and SRT (SubRip) files.

File > Import > Captions.

Share > Export Captions.

ADA Compliancy 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. The act seeks to remove barriers preventing qualified people with disabilities from enjoying the same opportunities enjoyed by those without disabilities.

Include not more than 32-characters-per-line. One to three lines of text appear onscreen all at once, stay there for three to seven seconds, and are then replaced by another caption. Time captions to synchronize with the audio.
Require the use of upper and lowercase letters. Captions should be synchronized and appear at approximately the same time as the audio. Use a font similar to Helvetica medium.
Captions should be accessible and readily available to those who need or want them. Captions should appear onscreen long enough to be read. Have good resolution.
Speakers should be identified when more than one person is onscreen or when the speaker is not visible. Spelling is correct throughout the production. 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 square brackets such as [music] or [laughter].
Write out sound effects when they add to understanding. Use of slang and accent is preserved and identified. It is preferable to limit onscreen captions to no more than three lines.

Camtasia Caption Types

For Closed, Open, or Under the Video captions to display in the final video, certain settings must be applied during the production process.

Caption Type Caption Features Create Captions

Closed Captions

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Closed captions are available on Camtasia Windows and Mac.

Closed captions can be:

  • Turned on and off by the viewer via a CC button on the controller.
  • ADA compliant or customized by changing the font attributes including size, color, and alignment.
  • Made searchable in the video when producing as an MP4 video file.
  • Turned off to produce a video without captions in it. (Does not delete captions on timeline.)

Windows

  1. Choose Share > Custom Production > New Custom Production. > MP4 > Next > Options tab > check Captions > Caption type > Closed captions.
  2. Complete the Share process.

 

 

Mac

  1. Choose Share > Screencast.com > Caption Style > Closed Captions.
  2. Complete the share process.

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  1. Choose Share > Local Drive > File format > MP4 > check Export as Web Page > Caption Style > Closed Captions.
  2. Complete the export process.
Burned In Captions
  • ADA compliant or customized by changing the font attributes including size, color, and alignment.
  • Can be searchable in video when producing as MP4 video file.
  • Are burned into the video and cannot be turned off.
  • Can be located under the video. When the Under video captions option is selected during production, space is automatically added to accommodate the captions. This increases the vertical dimensions of the video.
Windows
  1. Choose Share > Custom Production > New Custom Production. > MP4 > Next > Options tab > check Captions > Caption type > Burned in captions.
  2. Complete the production process.

 

Mac

  1. Choose Share > Local Drive > Choose File format > Caption Style > Burned in captions.
  2. Complete the export process.

Under Video

Captions

The Under video captions option provided during the production process adds blank vertical space to the video and places the captions under the video.

  • Captions placed under the video cannot be turned off.
  • This option adds space to the bottom of the video where the captions reside. So, the video's vertical dimension is increased.
Windows
  1. Choose Share > Custom Production > New Custom Production. > MP4 > Next > Options tab > check Captions > Caption type > Under video captions.
  2. Complete the production process.

 

Mac

  1. Choose Share > Local Drive > File format > MP4 > check Export as Web Page > Caption StyleUnder video captions.
  2. Complete the export process.

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  1. Choose Share > Local Drive > File format > MP4 > check Export as Web Page > Caption Style > Under video captions.
  2. Complete the export process.

Search Capability

(Windows Only)

The Search feature adds a search pane to the video to allow viewers the ability to search for text within captions, PowerPoint slides, PowerPoint notes, and markers. Viewers click a search result to jump to that location in the video.
  1. Choose Share > Custom Production > New Custom Production. > MP4 > Next > Options tab > check Searchable > check Captions > Caption type > Closed captions.
  2. Complete the Share process.

Other Camtasia Windows Captioning Methods

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Automatically Add Captions with Speech to Text

Create captions from voice narration or audio on the timeline.

  • Makes use of Microsoft’s Speech-to-Text engine.
  • Capitalization and punctuation are not added during this process.
  • For more accurate speech-to-text transcription of your audio recordings, go through the Voice Training tutorials provided with the Speech Recognition software.
  1. Select a media to caption that clip, or, leave media unselected to caption the entire timeline.
  2. Click Captions tab.
    The Captions tab opens.
  3. Click gear icon  > Speech-to-text.
  4. Read the tip that appears concerning Voice Training.
  5. Click Continue. The transcription process begins.
  6. Review all captions and make any needed corrections.

Synchronize Text and Audio From Script

Paste a prepared script into the caption editor then synchronize captioning with audio playback

  1. Copy script to clipboard.
  2. Click Captions tab.
    The Captions tab opens and the caption editor opens above timeline.
  3. Press CTRL+V on keyboard to paste script into caption editor.
  4. In the Caption tab, click gear icon  > Sync captions.
  5. Read the instructions that appear and when ready to sync captions, click Continue. The video begins playing and the syncing controls appear at the bottom of the Caption tab.
  6. To create a new caption, click a word when you hear the word spoken aloud.
  7. Click:
  • Pause to pause captioning. 
  • Resume to continue captioning. 
  • Stop to end captioning. 

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