Can I create closed captions on a project with only audio added, no video?

Hi all,

Just reading the release notes etc on the new features in the 29 August 2017 release, and noticed details about closed captions in Articulate Storyline 360.

I have a project with audio on each slide, with no video media. When i view Audio Tools Options, it advises there are no captions which is correct, but when i click the little "+" icon, it takes me straight to an explorer to find and upload captions.

2 questions:

1 - Can I create my own captions on a project with audio only, no video? If so, how?

2 - If i need to create closed caption files separately, are there any recommended third party web pages that offer this?

Thank you so much!


25 Replies
Alyssa Gomez

Hi Stevi and Design Team,

You should see the option to add your own captions to Audio files on the Audio Tools Options tab:

Let's double check that you're on the latest update:

  • Click the Help tab
  • Click About Storyline
  • Look for v3.8.13087.0 in the bottom-right corner

If you find you need to update your software, follow these steps

Ren Gomez

Hi Julie,

Thanks for reaching out! That's correct, Storyline doesn't transcribe the audio and automatically create captions. It does create pre-sized caption boxes based on the audio waves where you can type or paste your text into!

One tip I've seen users in the community use is the Text-to-Speech option to generate captions automatically. This can be used as a preliminary set up to build a slide while a voiceover narrator provides the real audio.

Once the voiceovers come in, you can use the option to Replace Audio. That way, the captions are already set, and only minor adjustments are needed.

I hope this helps!

Ren Gomez

Hi Steven,

Thanks for sharing what you'd like to see with closed captions! There isn't currently a way to adjust where they appear, but we do have a feature request for that and other customizable options.

I'll be sure to add you to our list of folks who've requested it and will pop back in here when there are any updates to share. Here's some info on how we manage feature requests!