Captions display onscreen text for the audio, sounds, or actions occurring in a video. Captions create videos accessible to a larger audience, including:
Viewers who are deaf or hearing-impaired.
Viewers that cannot listen to audio in their current settings.
Viewers who are non-native speakers by providing onscreen translations in the captions.
The caption type is selected during the video export process.
Note: The TechSmith Smart Player is required for table of contents, closed captions, search, quizzing, and hotspots in a video. To include the TechSmith Smart Player, export the video to Legacy Local File (Windows), Local File (Mac), Screencast.com, or Knowmia. See Export & Share Your Video.
Captions are turned on/off by the viewer via a CC button on the video controller.
Captions are ADA compliant.
Captions can be customized.
Captions are searchable when produced as a MP4 video.
Viewers can click a search result to jump to that location in the video.
Select Export > Legacy Local File.
In the Production Wizard, select Custom production settings and click Next.
Select MP4 – Smart Player and click Next.
On the Options tab, enable the Captions option and select Closed captions from the Caption Type dropdown.
Follow the prompts in the Production Wizard to complete the export process.
Continue to train Speech-to-Text to recognize your pronunciation and improve the transcription accuracy.
Import or Export a Caption File
You can import or export captions as SAMI or SRT (SupRip) files. Export captions created in Camtasia to archive, to use in another program, or to share captions across platforms.
Import a Caption File Select File > Import > Captions and select a SAMI or SRT (SubRip) file. The caption file opens in the caption editor.
Export a Caption File
Select the Export menu > Export Captions.
Enter a file name and select SAMI or SRT.
On Windows, click Save. On Mac, click Export.
ADA Compliant Caption Tips
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute designed to ensure equal access to opportunities and benefits for qualified individuals with disabilities. In many state, government and education institutions, videos must include ADA compliant captions.
Apply these caption tips to make your captions ADA compliant:
Include no more than 32 characters per line.
One to three lines of text appear onscreen, display for three to seven seconds, and then are replaced by the next caption.
Captions are available throughout the entire video, even when there is no speaking.
Time captions to synchronize with the audio.
Require the use of upper and lowercase letters.
Use a font similar to Helvetica medium.
Note: If the caption style is not ADA compliant on Windows, the red ADA icon appears below the caption editor. To restore ADA compliance for all captions, click the ADA dropdown and select Make Compliant.
Captions should be accessible and readily available to those who need or want them.
Captions should appear onscreen long enough to be read.
Speakers should be identified when more than one person is onscreen or when the speaker is not visible.
Spelling is correct.
Words should be verbatim when time allows or as close as possible in other situations.
All words are captioned, regardless of language or dialect.
Punctuation is used to clarify meaning.
Add music or other descriptions inside brackets such as [music] or [laughter].
Indicate when no narration is present and describe any relevant sound effects.
Use of slang and accent is preserved and identified.
Working with Captions
Edit caption text
Windows: Select a caption in the Captions panel. Click the preview window to edit in the caption editor.
Mac: Select a caption on the Caption track and edit in the caption editor.
Edit font properties
Select caption on the timeline. Click the font properties icon in the caption editor and adjust desired settings.
Clear caption text
Windows: Double-click to select a caption on the timeline. Right-click the highlighted caption and select Clear Caption Text.
Mac: Select caption on timeline and delete text from the caption editor.
Remove all captions from media or timeline
Windows: Click caption on timeline and press the Delete key.
Mac: Select media on timeline. Select Modify > Captions > Remove Captions.
Right-click (Windows) or Control+click (Mac) on the caption and select Split Caption.
Merge adjacent captions
Right-click (Windows) or Control+click (Mac) on the caption and select Merge with Previous Caption (Windows) or Merge with Next Caption (Mac)
Hide captions in video
On the Captions track, click the disable icon.
Or, select Export > Legacy Local File > Custom production settings > Next > MP4 – Smart Player > Next > Options tab > disable the Captions option.
Click to disable the Show Caption Track in the View menu.