Creating Closed Captions from text in Notes

May 18, 2020

I have the script for the narration in the notes section of the course. How do I use these to create the actual closed captions? I only see options to import from another document or manually type them in myself. I really don't want to have to type them in and I can't seem to save a document in the correct file format for importing.

3 Replies
Katie Riggio

Hi there, Karyn. A few ideas for you!

Sally Wiedenbeck

Katie, closed captions are a specifically defined format of text alternative. You cannot simply rename a text transcript "closed captions" and have it meet the same function or need. Renaming the notes pane as closed captions is not a solution (and frankly, is misleading and unethical).


This has been a frustration of mine as well, that there is no simple way to import the slide notes into the caption editor.


Karyn, the process I use is to upload the audio or video to something that does auto-closed captions (youtube, microsoft stream, etc), and download the auto-generated caption file. You can then either:

1. Open this file in notepad or another text editor and edit the text to fix the auto-generated caption errors, then save and import to storyline.

2. Import the auto-generated caption file into storyline, then edit in the storyline captions editor. If you do this, I recommend exporting the edited caption file once you are finished, in case you have need for the correct caption files down the line.

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