Captioning your Blackboard Collaborate/Elluminate presentations is quite easy using CaptionSync. Our CaptionSync Smart Player, or our integrations with multiple video platforms, offer a simple and easy way to add captions to your Blackboard Collaborate presentations.
Download the presentation and place it on an online video platform:
- Blackboard Collaborate: use the Blackboard Collaborate Publish tool to extract the media file in the MP4 format.
- Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: log into your Blackboard Collaborate Ultra account and download the media file in the MP4 format:
Upload the file to YouTube, Vimeo, your web server, or other video platforms like Panopto, Mediasite, Brightcove, VoiceThread. Then you have 3 options to caption the video:
- Smart Player: you can submit a URL to the video, and once results are ready, you can use the Smart Player URL directly, or embed it on your LMS. This player offers several additional features like keyboard-accessible playback controls, an interactive transcript, clip and share, the ability to embed the player in your own website, among many others.
- Video platform integrations: if your video is located in a platform we are integrated with, you can make the captioning request, and once results are ready, we will post the caption file directly to the video platform.
- Other video platforms: if your video is located in another video platform, you can make the captioning request, and once results are ready, associate the captions with the video. If the player does not support Closed Captioning, you can add Open Captioning to the request at submission time, and once results are ready, you just need to upload the encoded output into the video platform.
Using the CaptionSync Smart Player:
The Smart Player URL can be used directly, or embedded into your Learning Management System (LMS). See an example of the CaptionSync Smart Player playing.
Making the request:
- Submit your media file for captioning. The Smart Player is available for the following URLs: YouTube, Dropbox, Vimeo, and direct URLs to .mp4, .m4v, .f4v, or .mp3 media files. If the URL to your file is not compatible with our List of URLs feature, then we recommend placing the video on YouTube; or in your local system as long as the URL points directly to the media file, e.g.: http://www.domain.com/path/video_filename.mp4 .
We also recommend adding Result Review to your request.
- Once final results are available, open the URL List Details page, and generate and launch the CaptionSync Smart Player, under the Smart Player URL column.
Embedding the Smart Player:
In the CaptionSync Smart Player window, click the Embed option to generate the embed code, and Copy/Paste it into your LMS or private network.
The Smart Player supports both HTTP and HTTPS URLs. By default the Embed option will generate a HTTP URL; add an S to HTTPS in the URL, if you wish to embed the player securely. For example, if the Smart Player URL that is generated starts with http://smartplayer.automaticsync.com..., change it to https://smartplayer.automaticsync.com..., refresh your screen, and then click Embed to get a secure embed code.
- If you wish to hide the title of the video being embedded, add &hidetitle to the end of the URL. E.g.: https://smartplayer.captionsync.com/play.php?vid=vid=1449610060yourID_17afc3e607fe&hidetitle
- All controls in the CaptionSync Smart Player are keyboard accessible; click the Help button to view the list of keyboard shortcuts.
Using an Integration with a Video Platform:
If your video is located in a platform we are integrated with, like YouTube, Panopto, Mediasite, etc, you can take advantage of our integrations with those platforms to add captions to the media file. You just need to enable your CaptionSync account for the relevant integration, make the captioning request, and then we will post back captions automatically into the video platform, when results are available.
See the integrations we have available, and how to use and configure them, in our Closed Captioning Integrations category.
Other Video Platforms:
If your video is located in an online platform we're not integrated with, you can make a manual request for it, and then associate the captions with the video. Captions will be displayed when playing the video (ensure the video player you're using supports Closed Captioning).
If the player does not support Closed Captioning, you can select Open Captioning at submission time, and then you just need to upload the finished encoded output into the video platform.