Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Closed captioning, part of Captivate 8 Essential Training.
Now that we have a video added to one of our slides, we'd like to add some closed captioning so that the audio that's being spoken in the video can be easily read across the bottom of the screen. To do this, let's make sure that the video's selected. And in the Properties panel, under Properties, let's go and click on Edit Video Timing. Here in the Edit Video Timing window, the next box over from Edit is Closed Captioning. The way that close captioning works is we create various rows of text. The rows of text are then assigned to various key makers throughout the video and each new row will appear when its key marker is reached.
Let's go and get started. I'm going to start by creating our first row by hitting the plus sign. Here there's a place for me to start typing in text. My next step is to play the video and to go ahead and figure out what text needs to be typed into row one, and then pause the video when I'm ready to start typing row two. I can play and pause the video from the same place in the upper left hand corner. Let's go and do that now. >> It's happening all over the world. >> Okay, so the first line, it's happening all over the world, let's go and type that in. Now before she continues speaking I would like the next set of captions to be a new row or to be a new section across the bottom of the screen.
Let's go and hit the plus sign again and you'll notice now that we've got a new key marker up here at number two. I'm going to go ahead and press play again. Every day people are harnessing the power of the sun and it's literally lighting up their lives. >> Okay so at this point we've got a longer sentence. I'm going to go ahead and type that out here and then let's go and hit the plus sign again. So, at this point, we have two different rows that are appearing. They will appear one after the other on our key chart. But, at this point in the video, there's actually no one speaking. It's just back on audio. >> Okay.
So now that we have got someone speaking again. I want to make sure that my next keymarker doesn't start until this point. Because of that, I'm going to go ahead and add another row. You'll notice that I have a blank row in here. In fact, I'm going to highlight its text, hit Delete and then click away from it. What this blank row's going to do for me, it's going to make sure that none of my captionings are showing up, in this long stretch here, where we're just hearing the introduction music. So at this point, we've already created a few of the closed captioning. We can continue watching the rest of the video adding rows and typing out what's spoken, to make sure that our viewers can see it.
I'm going to go and click OK, to save those changes and close out of there. Now if I were to just play this slide right now. >> It's happening all over the world. >> You'll notice that it's playing, but you weren't actually seeing it in the closed captions. Furthermore, as I look at this navigation menu, down here, which is controlling our video, there's no button to turn the closed captioning on. The reason being is that we need to actually turn on closed captioning for this navigation menu. Let's go and do that now by closing out of our web browser. From our main project, we're going to go to project and then open up the skin editor.
I'm just going to move this up a little higher so we can see all of the options. The skin editor is actually what controls everything that's outside of our presentation. So, for example, these navigation buttons at the bottom, we have a lot of control over how they appear. For example, I can come down here and I could quickly change the color of them to a dark blue, which I think I might do because it actually fits the feel of our presentation a little bit better. I can change the background color, the button face, I can even change the button glow, all of this I have control over. Furthermore, I have control over what buttons appear.
Currently, play, mute, rewind, fast forward, these are all things we'd like to have down there, but since we now have closed captioning, I'd like closed captioning to be included as well. So now that we've added closed captioning to our skin and we've changed some of its style, let's go head and close out of the skin editor. Come back to our preview and let's preview the slide again, and I'm going to go ahead and turn closed captioning on so we can see how things work. >> It's happening all over the world. Everyday people are harnessing the power of the sun and it's literally lighting up their lives. >> Okay. So our closed caption at the very bottom, it seemed to work pretty well but you know what? It was kind of hard to read.
We can actually edit that as well. I'm going to go ahead and select the video. In properties under the properties panel, I'm going to edit the video timing. Again, I'll select Closed Captioning, and this time, I'm going to click the Closed Captioning Project Settings button. This will open up a small window where I can choose how many lines of closed captioning can appear at a time, if there's a background color, the font, font size, as well as font color. Let's go ahead and add a background that's a, let's say, dark blue. I'm going to increase the font size by clicking and holding to about size 18, and let's make the font a bright yellow color. I think the dark blue background with the bright yellow font should be good contrast for us. Let's go and click OK. We'll click OK again to save those settings. And let's preview how the closed captioning is now showing up. >> It's happening all over the world. Everyday people are harnessing the power of the sun and it's literally lighting up their lives. >> Okay, so the closed caption's looking a lot better and it's a lot easier to read. So now that we know how to embed videos and add closed captioning, let's take it one step further and talk about how we can embed a YouTube video directly into our presentation.
- Choosing a project layout
- Applying and changing themes
- Adding text, media, and shapes
- Inserting interactive elements and widgets
- Adding audio and video
- Adding closed captions to video
- Using responsive templates, text, and images
- Accessing elearning
- Creating software simulations
- Publishing a Captivate project