Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Use the dialog transcript, part of Learning with Lynda.com.
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- Hopefully by now, you're starting to see how interactive the lynda.com learning experience is. You're taking notes, you're using exercise files, testing your knowledge, and applying what you're learning to your own life. Because of this, you may desire to jump back to a certain section of a video and replay that portion of the course. In order to help you quickly jump to the section you're looking for, the transcript is made up of clickable links. You can quickly scan the text, find the sentence that you're looking for, click, and the player will automatically jump to that section of the video.
When you're watching a lynda.com course, directly below the player window, there's two tabs. One is the Overview tab, where you can see a description of the course, the author for the course, as well as the level of the course. The second tab, which will be automatically selected when you start watching a movie, is the Transcript tab. Now, in my window, I'm zoomed slightly in to make things easier for you to see, but I'm going to go ahead and scroll down until the absolute top of the player window is right at the edge of the web browser. The reason I'm doing this, and I often do this when I'm watching lynda.com courses, is I want to make sure I can see not only the video player, but also the transcript, which is directly below it.
The transcript is a really dynamic learning tool and I'm really excited to show you guys how you can use the transcript to have a better learning experience. Now, I've turned off sound in this particular movie, just so we can focus on the transcript and not be distracted by what the author's saying. As I start playing this movie, a couple things you'll notice right away. First off, the transcript is auto-scrolling. As I move through this course, it's going to automatically move down. Second, there's a light yellow highlight that's directly on top of the words the author is saying. I'm going to go ahead and pause this for a second.
First, let's go ahead and talk about that auto-scroll feature. Now, because the transcript is auto-scrolling, I can be sure that I'm always able to see what the author's saying, while still watching the video. That doesn't mean I don't have the ability to navigate through the transcript. In fact, I can put my cursor down here in the transcript, and I'm going to use the scroll wheel on my mouse to just scroll through some of the words. Now, because I've actually moved or scrolled inside of the transcript, this is going to auto-disable that automatic scrolling feature. If I were to come back up here and start playing again, you'll notice the transcript is no longer scrolling along with what the author's saying.
That's okay, and if you'd like to turn this back on, all you have to do is navigate down to the very bottom of the transcript window, and there's a blue bar that says Resume Transcript Auto-Scroll. If we click on that, we can now go ahead, and continue playing this particular movie, and the transcript's going to automatically navigate along. In addition to auto-scrolling, the transcript is made up of clickable links. I'm going to go ahead and reposition the video player to be at the top of the web browser. If I were to scroll through this particular transcript, and let's say I'm looking for a very specific topic that I'd like to learn from this author, if I find a sentence that I'd like to start the video at, all I have to do is click on that particular sentence, and it's going to automatically jump to that time signature and start playing.
This makes the transcript a great tool if you're reviewing information you've already watched. You might remember a key phrase that the author said, but maybe you don't remember all the context around that phrase, or there's some specific instructions that you'd like to look back at. All you have to do is quickly scroll through the transcript, find what you're looking for, click on it, and you're automatically playing. Now, there may be times that you don't have the ability to have both the video player and the transcript on screen. For example, maybe you're watching this on a mobile device, or maybe you're using the pop-out video inside the video player. If that's the case, you can also turn on closed captioning by hitting the CC button.
With closed captioning on, parts of the transcript are going to be embedded directly into the player window. This way, you can continue to read at the same time you're listening to what the author says. I've often found this to be a great tool if I'm watching lynda.com courses in a noisy area or even if I'm watching lynda.com courses without the audio on, such as when riding the Metro or on a plane. I highly recommend that you take the time to become familiar with both using the closed captions as well as how the transcript works, so that you can utilize that as a learning tool, and to make sure you're always able to keep up what the author's saying, and to quickly find information the second time you watch a video.