TechSmith Relay makes it simple to generate captions for your videos based on the existing audio track. And the built-in Caption Editor makes it possible for you to edit and publish generated captions when you're ready.
To generate captions for a desktop recording using the TechSmith Relay Recorder:
If you'd like speech-to-text captions to be automatically generated for your desktop recording, select the Generate Captions option before submitting your recording:
The amount of time the caption generation step takes will vary, but is typically less than the total duation of your video. You should receive a separate email letting you know your captions are ready for review. Note: Generated captions must be previewed and published before they are available for your viewers.
For more on using the TechSmith Relay Recorder, see this tutorial.
To generate captions for an existing video:
Navigate to the view page of the video that needs captions and click the Closed Captioning option.
Note: The Closed Captioning options are not available for videos added via YouTube.
When a video does not already contain captions, TechSmith Relay offers you three ways of getting started:
- Add Captions Manually
- Generate Captions
- Add Assignee
If you choose to Add Captions Manually, you will be taken straight to the editor where you can start adding and editing captions or import a caption file. See the Add and Edit Video Captions tutorial for instructions on how to use the caption editor.
If you choose Add Assignee, you'll have to opportunity to assign your video to another TechSmith Relay user for captioning, including generating speech-to-text captions if desired. See the Assigning a Caption Editor tutorial for help with this option.
The Generate Captions option offers another workflow that can be helpful and add convenience to the caption creation process.
After you click Generate Captions, TechSmith Relay will process the audio in your video and automatically create a caption draft. The amount of time this takes will vary, but is typically less than the total duation of your video. You should receive a separate email letting you know your captions are ready for review.
You can check the status of your captions on the Activity tab in TechSmith Relay:
Once your captions are done processing, click on the Edit Captions button to make any necessary corrections to the auto-generated captions and publish the final captions once you're satisfied. The Edit Captions button will be visible under both the Activity page and from the video viewing page (examples below).
Generated captions, like the ones shown below in the Caption Editor, will not be visible to viewers until you click Publish. This allows you to fix errors and tweak caption timings in the transcription. (For more help using the Caption Editor, see the Add and Edit Captions tutorial.)
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