Captions

This beta feature allows users to generate, edit, and export caption files to go along with their video. Captions are a fantastic way to make videos more accessible. Vyond Studio currently only supports VTT and SRT file imports and exports. 

Closed Captions vs Open Captions

Closed Captions: 

    • Closed captions can be turned on or off by the viewer. They are not permanently embedded in the video. Viewers have the option to enable or disable them using their video player settings.
    • Closed captions can often be customized by the viewer. This means that viewers can usually adjust the font size, color, background, and other display settings to suit their preferences or accessibility needs.
    •  Closed Captions are used when the video creator wants to provide accessibility to individuals who may require captions but also wants to give viewers the option to turn them on or off. 
    • Check out the Downloading Captions section to see how to export closed captions. 

Open Captions:

    • Open captions are always visible on the screen and cannot be turned off by the viewer. They are "burned" into the video and are a permanent part of the content. Everyone who watches the video will see the captions.
    • Open captions are part of the video itself and cannot be customized or styled by the viewer. They are a fixed part of the video and have a consistent appearance.
    • Open captions are typically used when the video creator wants captions to be a permanent part of the content, ensuring that everyone sees them. 

Adding captions 

1. Open the Captions/Notes panel in the navigation bar. 

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2. Open the Add Captions menu and select an option. 

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  • Auto-generate: Generates captions from dialog. This includes- 
    • Mic Recordings
    • Uploaded Audio
    • Uploaded Video 
    • Text-To-Speech
  • Auto-generate with audio cues: Generates captions from dialog and audio cues. These will be included ONLY if there are audio cues in the video. This includes- 
    • Vyond background music display names 
    • Shutterstock music display names
    • Shutterstock video display names
    • Sound effect display names

Editing Captions 

1. Open the Captions/Notes panel in the navigation bar. 

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2. Hover your cursor over the section you wish to edit. Click to the right of the text to open edit mode.

  • To save changes, either click away from the text input field or hit Enter on your keyboard. 

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3. Split a line or add in a Line Break by right-clicking on the text input field. 

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  • Split: Select this option in the menu, or use cmd/ctrl + E on your keyboard, to split a caption unit into two units.
    • This will divide the text from the position of the insertion point and split the duration into half. 
    • After splitting the caption unit, the second half will be opened in edit mode.
    • Split is disabled when the duration of a caption unit is less than 0.5 seconds.
  • Line Break: Select this option in the menu, or use Shift + Enter on your keyboard, to break the text after the insertion point into a second line. 

4. Edit timestamps by clicking to the right of the caption unit timestamp. 

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    • End time must be greater than the start time. If not, change will not be accepted and will revert back to previous version. 

    • Start time must be greater than the end time of the previous caption unit above it. If not, change will not be accepted and will revert back to previous version. 

    • End time must be smaller than the start time of the following caption unit below it. If not, change will not be accepted and will revert back to previous version. 

Editing Caption Style

1. Open the Captions/Notes panel in the navigation bar.  

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2. Open the Caption Style tab. Choose to edit the caption font, text color, background color, or background opacity. 

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Deleting Captions

1. Open the Captions/Notes panel in the navigation bar. 

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2. Click the Delete captions button. 

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  • Caption deletions can be undone using the toolbar Undo button, or cmd/ctrl + Z

Downloading Captions

1. Open the Captions/Notes panel in the navigation bar. 

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2. Click on the Download captions button. 

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3. Select a download format. 

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4. To download a closed caption file, uncheck SHOW IN VIDEO, save the video, and then select a download format. 

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  • Please note that SRT and VTT files can only be exported out of Vyond at this time. This is a beta feature, as such, your feedback and suggestions are appreciated. 
  • When SHOW IN VIDEO is checked, open captions will be generated and displayed in Preview. Uncheck the box and click the SAVE button to remove captions from your Preview. 

Tips and Tricks

  • Captions are placed in the center bottom of the screen. While editing videos, it’s best to ensure that there is nothing important at the bottom of the scenes as the captions may cover the content. 
  • The reading pace should not exceed three words per second or 180 words per minute.
  • It’s recommended to follow the industry guideline for captions, each line in a caption must not exceed 37 characters long, with a maximum of two lines.
  • Looking to add captions in a different language but keep your audio in another? Check out these steps for a workaround below (please note this workaround is only for Professional, Enterprise and Professional for Agency users only):
    • Create a copy of your video and use the auto-translate feature to translate the audio in the language of your choosing. 
    • Download the captions file from the copied video. 
    • Go back to the original video and generate captions using the file you previously downloaded. 
    • Preview the video to see the captions in the language of your choosing. 

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