Export Closed Captioning

Mar 07, 2018

Is there a way to export all of my closed captioning to a word document if I added it directly to storyline and did not import it?

22 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Emily,

The export option outlined here is the option to export within the Closed Caption feature:

Click Export Captions on the ribbon, choose a location where you want to save the caption file, then click Save.

When you export captions from the closed captions editor, it generates a VTT file.

You'll see it generates a VTT file, not a Word file. 

Cyntia Paré

Hi everyone,

Just jumping in because we have a lot of requests to "extract" the text of a Storyline for Translation, but it would be reallyyyy helpful to get all the CC at the same time in the same document. Is this something Articulate plans to do or not at all? 

Just Exporting them one by one seems like a really lengthy process. :(

Thanks in advance!

Vincent Scoma

Hi Cynthia,

Thank you for reaching out and sharing more about what you would like to see when exporting closed captions. We are continuing to track this feature, so I'll be sure to include your comments on our report. 

We'll be sure to provide an update to this thread as soon as we have more details to share!

Josh Dean

Here is the work-around I used to easily export 142 caption .vtt files for translation or updating. (see image referenced below) 

  • Copy your .story project and do the following steps in your copied version. (#1 in image below)
  • Rename your ".story" file and replace the ".story" portion with ".zip" (#1 in image below)
    • You may need to select your windows folder "view" settings for the file explorer to show file extensions (here's how)
  • Unzip this renamed file and you will see what is in image #3 below
  • Navigate to the "/story" folder and then the "/media" folder (mine is pictured below).
    • This folder contains all your graphics, videos, etc.... and the .vtt files that were either imported by you or generated by the text to speech.
    • DO NOT rename anything anywhere in this process.
  • These .vtt files can be copied out and put back or edited in place. Feel free to try changing some text and experimenting.
  • We still need to make this a ".story" file again. When you unzipped, it likely gave you a new folder that is named after your project (#2 below). Important: you must select all the files that appear inside this folder and not this folder itself. Select all the files that appear in image 3 below and right-click and "send to zipped folder". 
  • This new zipped folder can now be renamed to replace the ".zip" extension to be ".story"
  • The "story" file can now be opened normally. If everything is great than this file can become your main project file in place of your backup.
  • Bonus Tip: Use a free text editor program like Microsoft Visual Studio code and right click on the "media" folder and select "open with "VS Code". This allows you to open each file with one click and quickly preview files as well as globally search within files for specific text or spellcheck everything. 


export vtt workaround

James Bertelsen

Hi all,

I've created an app that does the following:

  1. Upload a Storyline 360 file
  2. Export an Excel XLSX report of all closed captions in the Storyline file.
  3. Edit captions in the report.
  4. Generate captions via speech-to-text.
  5. Generate audio via text-to-speech.
  6. Download Storyline 360 file with updated captions.

I am looking for files for testing. While I'm still in the testing phase, if you can share a Storyline 360 file with me, and if the app works with your content, I'll return to you the report with your updated Storyline 360 file.

I can be reached at jimbertelsen@gmail.com


Josh Dean

This looks quite interesting and well done. Is this React or Vue or equivalent. Out of curiosity, have you been able to address deleted audio with captions that still appear among the files because they still fall in the "undo/redo" list even though they were deleted and no longer in the scene?
I also like the the title of your project ;)