Closed captioning now available!

We are proud to offer closed captioning for select training titles in the lynda.com library, denoted by the CC graphic. The benefits of closed captioning are two-fold; it helps those with impaired hearing follow along and also enables us to provide you with the ability to search the text of the close captioned videos in our library.

We hope you enjoy this new service, and want you to know that we plan to continue to expand our closed captioned training title offerings.

What is closed captioning?

Closed captioning is an assistive technology that presents spoken words and sounds as a text track, or captions. The term closed means that not all viewers see the captions automatically; closed captions must be activated or enabled. If you've ever watched a foreign film with subtitles, closed captions are quite similar – the main difference being that the text shown on screen is the same language that is being spoken.

Studies have shown that watching films with closed captions enabled can improve comprehension. It is our hope that by providing closed captions for our training it will help you gain a deeper understanding of the presented subject matter.

How to activate closed captions

  1. Select a Closed Captioned Course
    Select a course from the list of available training courses that displays the CC graphic by clicking on the name of the course. You will be taken to the table of contents page.
  2. Turn Closed Captions On
    With courses that provide closed captioning, you'll find an on and off button next to the closed captions icon on the right hand side above the search box, on every page.
  3. Select a Movie
    When you select a video to view after you have turned closed captioning on, the video will play in its own window. At the bottom of this video window, you'll see a text track appear beneath each tutorial. (Please Note: The minimum screen resolution required to view close captioning is 1024 by 768. Some monitors may be required to go as high as 1280 by 1024 to view the entire window. QuickTime 7.0.4 or better is also required.)

How to search closed captions

Another benefit of closed captioning is that you can search the text of the closed captioned videos. Type what you want to search for in the search box located above the table of contents and click submit.

You will be presented with all of the occurrences of the text you searched for within the individual videos of the course. You will be shown the chapters and the names of the videos that contain the search term, with links to either view the video from its start, or to jump directly to the timecode where the text query is found within the video. (Please note: "Jump to Timecodes" are an exclusive benefit provided for our library subscribers. You must be logged in with your subscriber user name and password in order to access the Jump to Timecodes.)

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