SmartTutor 360

Adding Closed Captions

A video is one of the most effective ways to deliver information in an online course. To expand the video’s audience, you can add captions. This way, the video will be available to hearing-impaired users or foreigners who need a translation.  Just insert standard SRT, VTT, or SUB files.

Preparing Your Caption Files

SmartTutor 360 supports SRT files generated by third-party captioning services, such as YouTube, Amara, and 3PlayMedia. Here are some tips to make sure your caption files are properly formatted for SmartTutor 360.

  • A caption will automatically wrap if it’s too long to fit on a single line. However, if you need a caption to break at a specific point, add one line break in your caption file in the appropriate place.

    On the other hand, if you need to split a caption into two separate caption boxes that display simultaneously, add two line breaks in your caption file. You might do this when two people are speaking and you want each speaker’s dialogue to display in its own caption box.

  • If some letters or characters in your captions are unexpectedly replaced by symbols in SmartTutor 360, make sure your caption files are encoded for UTF-8.

Importing Captions

You can import captions simultaneously with your media, or you can import captions separately

Import Captions Simultaneously with SRT files

Go to the Insert tab on the ribbon, click the arrow on the Closed Caption button > This Device > Import To Current Slide or Import To Multiple Slides > select the subtitle file that you want to import. the captions will automatically import and sync with the video.

Srt file example:

00:00:00,000 –> 00:00:01,500

00:00:01,500 –> 00:00:02,500
<i>Tonight’s the night.</i>

00:00:03,000 –> 00:00:15,000
<i>And it’s going to happen
again and again –</i>

Import captions separately

To import closed captions to your project, follow the steps below:

  1. Play the Current Time Indicator  at the timestamp that you want the closed caption to appear.
  2. Go to Insert tab on the ribbon
  3. Then, an CC node will appear on the Timeline pane at the position of the Current Time Indicator. On the Canvas, an CC editor also appears for you to type the caption.