Creating an MP4 in Storyline to embed into Rise

Oct 18, 2021

I have created a video (MP4) in Storyline and am trying to get it into Rise with CC enabled.  Do I need to take the MP4 and upload it to YouTube just to get the CC file?  I usually use the Resource tab as my transcript so if I were to set the content up to run like a video that's an option, but if I remove menu controls there is nothing available for the transcript and I can't get the previous and next buttons to go away otherwise.  Am I missing something and making this far more over-complicated than it should be?  Thanks for your help!!!

4 Replies
Bridget O'Dell

Hi Stephanie,

Once you upload the MP4 video into Rise, you can add closed captions by uploading a VTT file. Here's an article that walks through how to do that:

I typically use Microsoft Stream to create the VTT file by uploading the video there first. So I assume YouTube or a similar platform could also be used to create this. Hope this helps!

Bianca Woods

Hi Bridget,

That's a great question! The article Bridget linked to is perfect for finding out how to add closed captions/subtitles to a video in Rise with a VTT file. But if you don't already have a VTT file of your captions, there are a few ways in addition to Microsoft Stream to create it.

  • Manually create one in Notepad (here’s a tutorial). This works especially well if you have a script and are just adding in the time markers.
  • Use a transcription service. If you don't already have a script or if you don't want to have to manually add in your time markers, then this is a faster option. Transcription services will, using human and/or ai transcribers, create the entire transcript with timing for you. I've personally used and liked it (although you have to convert the SRT file it gives you to VTT - which is easy, but an added step). I've heard other L&D people mention liking the results from, and there are a number of other freemium and paid services like this available too.
  • Use YouTube's automatic subtitles. You can also use the auto subtitling features in YouTube to generate a VTT subtitle file for free and then download it from your account.

Side note: always review the accuracy of the transcription if you didn't do it yourself - especially AI generated ones, as they rarely are 100% perfect.

While creating a VTT file like this definitely takes more time than putting your transcript in a resource tab, the closed captioning it provides does tend to lead to a better learner experience. So that bit of extra work often is worth it.