Open Captions (Beta)

Users can add open captions to videos. Open captions will be embedded in the video and can’t be turned off while previewing a video. Use the step outlined below to add open captions. 

Please note that Open Captions is in beta testing. As such, your feedback and suggestions are appreciated. Contact support@vyond.com with questions, suggestions, or technical issues.

Steps

Select the Video Setting icon and navigate to the Open Captions section: 

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Choose an option from the Source drop down menu:

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Source options include: 

  • Generating subtitles automatically 
  • Generating captions automatically 
  • Upload a SRT / VTT file to generate captions

Once a Source is selected, the captions will be added to the video automatically:

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Other Considerations

  • 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. 
  • To edit captions, export the SRT / VTT file from Vyond and edit the file in any free editing software. (eg: happyscribe
  • 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.
  • The reading pace should not exceed three words per second or 180 words per minute.
  • To make generated captions shorter:
    • For captions generated from text-to-speech, separate long text-to-speech audio into shorter text-to-speech tracks, then regenerate. 
    • For captions generated through an audio recording, the Al will separate long lines into shorter ones automatically.

Difference between Open Captions and 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. 
  • Closed Captions: 
    • Closed captions can be turned on or off by the viewer. They are not permanently embedded in the video. Instead, 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. 

 

Please contact support@vyond.com for questions.

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