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Use the Annotations sub-form to easily annotate specific time points within a video. Annotations are like searchable bookmarks or chapter markers, but with included descriptions.

Annotations are only available for streaming videos.

Adding and Editing Annotations

To manage annotations for a video, click the Annotate tab in the Add/Edit Wizard

Screenshot of the Annotate Button

The Annotation window contains a video player, a text box for entering new annotations, and a list of current annotations.

Screenshot of the Annotate Window

When the form loads, the video will begin to play. Find the location in the timeline where you want to add an annotation, then enter the text in the textbox highlighted below. When you begin typing, the video will pause to allow you to finish the annotation. Hit the enter key to save your annotation (or click the Save button). Video playback will then resume where you paused.

Screenshot of the Annotation Box
You can also manually pause and resume the video using the player controls, and change your position in the timeline using the video slider bar.

To skip forward or backward in controlled increments, enter a time (in seconds) in the box highlighted below. In this example, we could go forward or backward in 20 second increments.
Screenshot of the Incremental Time Control

There is also a controlled vocabulary “preset” option as well (for coded language, classification codes, sentence starters, etc.). Defining these presets is done in the Administration Tab via the Annotation Presets control.

To view the annotations in the normal Ensemble video player, click the Preview button.

Viewing Annotations During Playback

To view the annotations for a video, click the Annotations button below the video player, then click on one of the annotations to skip to that spot in the timeline.
Screenshot of the Annotations Button
Annotations in a permalink are only viewable if they have been enabled in the permalink menu.