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Closed captions are a great way to increase the accessibility of your content, and in some cases, they’re required.

To add captions to a video, open the video from the Media Library using the Add/Edit Wizard, then click the Caption button at the top of the wizard.

Screenshot of the Caption Button

Version 4.4+

The Closed Captions sub-form has four captioning options:

Caption tabs: Automatic Captions | Amara Caption Editor | Submit to Captioning Service | Upload Caption File

Version 4.1–4.3

The Closed Captions sub-form has four captioning options:

Screenshot of the Closed Caption Tabs

Version 4.0

The Closed Captions sub-form has three tabs:

Screenshot of the Caption Tabs

This Guide Covers:

Automatic Captions

Starting in Ensemble version 4.4, an optional Automatic Caption service allows quick and easy creation of closed captions. Captions can be created automatically when a video is uploaded, or users can submit content to the captioning service from the media library. This service is offered at a fraction of the price of traditional captioning services.
Learn more about using the Automatic Captions service, or contact us for pricing.

Integrated Closed Caption Services

Ensemble Video offers several integrations with closed captioning services, allowing you to choose the option that best fits your institution’s needs.

Using the Amara Caption Editor

In Ensemble Version 4.1, we’ve introduced the Amara Caption Editor, which allows Ensemble users to create and edit the caption file for a video. To launch the editor, open the Caption tab in the Add/Edit Wizard, then click Launch Amara Editor.

Screenshot of Launching Amara

The Amara Editor is a simple three-step process: type your captions, sync the timing for your captions, then review and fine-tune the captions. Each step is covered in the videos below.

Typing:


Syncing:


Review:

Uploading Caption Files

Version 4.1+

With the Upload Caption File tab, you can upload a W3C DFXP or VVT Timed Text caption file. (The file extension for the DFXP format should be .xml). The captions will display automatically when your video content is played. Just drag and drop your closed caption file from your desktop, or click Add File to browse for the file on your computer. Then click Start Upload. When the caption file is added, Ensemble will automatically check the file and report any errors. Note: VVT caption files are available in version 4.1+, and only if JW Player is set as the video player.

Screenshot of the Upload Caption File menu

Version 4.0

With the Upload DFXP File tab, you can upload a W3C DFXP Timed Text caption file. The captions will display automatically when your video content is played. Just drag and drop your closed caption file from your desktop, or click Add File to browse your computers folder structure. Then click Start Upload.

Screenshot of the DFXP Captions Window

Viewing Captions During Playback

Once captions have been added to a video, a CC icon will appear in the corner of the player. Click the button to toggle captions on and off.

Screenshot of Closed Captioned Playback

Embedded Captions

This feature is only available when using FlowPlayer. Embedded Captions are detected automatically when using JW Player.

The Enable Embedded Captions tab allows you to show display closed captions for a video file that has timed-text closed captions embedded in the file. Click the Use Embedded Captions check box, and enter the track number for your text track (if embedded captions are present, they are typically on track 3).

Screenshot of the Embedded Captions Window
This option will not work for embedded bitmap captions.