Adding Closed Captions to your Canvas videos is easy with CaptionSync. Canvas is a cloud-based Learning Management System that makes teaching and learning easier. This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to add captions to Canvas videos.
Submitting your Media for Captioning:
- In your CaptionSync account, go to Caption/Transcribe -> Advanced Settings. Under the Output Types tab, ensure the .2014.VTT format is selected.
- Make your Captioning request, using your video. NOTE: If you prefer to not have to download the video from your Canvas account, see below an alternate method to submit it using a direct Canvas URL to the media file and our List of URLs feature.
- Once results are available, download the .2014.vtt file from the Results Email or the Submission Details Page.
Importing the Captions into Canvas:
- Log into your Canvas account and open the video you wish to add closed captions to. These are typically found under Files, in your Course.
- Click the CC icon on the player and select Upload subtitles:
- In the Create/Add Subtitles window, scroll down to Step 3, choose the Language of the caption file, and then browse for the .2014.vtt caption file. Click Upload.
- Captions will now be shown during playback by clicking the CC icon and choosing the language in the caption file:
Submitting a Canvas URL to the media file for captioning (instead of downloading it from your Canvas account):
If you prefer to not have to download the video from your Canvas account, you can retrieve a direct Canvas URL to the media file, and then use it with our List of URLs feature to make the captioning request.
- Log into your Canvas account and open the video you wish to add closed captions to. These are typically found under Files, in your Course. Right-click the video while playing, and select Copy Video Location (in some browsers, this may show as Copy video address):
- The direct URL should look like (note how it ends in the media file extension, .mp4):
- Use this URL to make the captioning request, using our List of URLs feature. Ensure you have the .2014.VTT format selected under the Advanced Settings. Once results are available, download the .2014.vtt file from the Results Email or the Submission Details Page, and follow the remaining instructions in this tutorial.
- More information is available in the Canvas Community article on How to add captions to new or uploaded videos in Canvas as an instructor.
- You can also embed captioned videos in your course pages (captioned using our Smart Player feature). This is particularly useful for videos you don't own. If you are a Canvas administrator, see how to configure our Smart Player LTI application for Canvas, to easily embed videos in Canvas courses.