How do I add captions to media in Canvas Studio?

You can generate or upload caption files to a video or audio files that you can edit in Canvas Studio. The most common file type is an SRT file, though Studio also supports VTT files, which are more user-friendly for mobile devices.

If you need help creating a captioned file, you can use a captioning site such as Amara to easily create captions for your video or audio files.

Note: You cannot add closed caption files in Canvas Studio to media that is uploaded from Youtube.

Locate Media

Locate Media

In your Studio account, locate the media you want to view. You can view your uploaded media on the My Library page [1], or search for the media in the search field [2].

Open Media

Open Media

Hover over the media and click the Play image.

Add Captions

Add Captions

To generate or upload captions, click the Captions tab.

Generate Captions

Generate Captions

To automatically generate captions for your media, choose the spoken language [1] and click the Request button [2].

View Captions

View Captions

After your caption file has been queued and processed, your generated caption file will appear in the Manage Captions section.

View Caption Options

View Caption Options

To view more options for the caption file, click the Options icon [1]. To review and publish the captions, click the Edit link [2]. When you are editing the auto-generated caption file, the media file will automatically pause until you click the next timestamp.

You can also download [3], replace [4], or delete [5] any caption file.

Note: Caption files will download in the same file format that they were uploaded in (SRT or VTT). After downloading, you can convert caption files into word processing files on most computers. 

Review and Publish Captions

Review and Publish Captions

Review the generated caption file and click the Publish button. Any additional changes made to the caption file after it is published will be saved automatically.

Upload Captions

Upload Captions

To upload a caption file, click the language button for the caption file you want to upload [1].

To upload a custom caption file, click the Show More link [2].

Upload Custom Captions

Upload Custom Captions

Click the Custom button.

Enter Language

Enter the name of the language [1] and click the Submit button [2].

Select File

Select File

Locate and select the file on your computer [1]. Click the Choose or Open button [2].

View Captions

View Captions

Your caption file will appear in the Manage Captions section [1]. To upload a caption file for another language, click the language button for that language [2].

View Caption Options

View Caption Options

To view options for a caption file, click the Options icon [1]. You can download [2], replace [3], or delete [4] any caption file.

Enable Captions

Enable Captions

By default, captions are turned off. To turn on captions in the media, click the Media Settings icon [1] and select the Captions option [2]. To enable captions, click to select an available language(s) [3].