How-To Tutorials


This page provides a small sampling of the tutorials available in our support center.  We have videos and and knowledge base articles that will guide you through preparation, upload, and incorporation of captioning to your media. Note that you need to have a CaptionSync account, and be logged in with your CaptionSync username and password, to see the full knowledge base and set of how-to tutorials in the support center. Just click “login” in the upper right from the AST CaptionSync Support Center home page.

Our videos are all captioned (of course), so you can see a demonstration of the captions while you watch the tutorials. Please suggest topics you would like to see as future tutorials.

Getting Started Video This tutorial with give you a brief overview of the CaptionSync highlights, showing you the basic operation of  the CaptionSync site.
iPad with encoded captions CaptionSync normally returns caption files, which are all you need for most applications.  But sometimes, you need to have the caption data encoded back into your video file.  You can either encode the caption files back in yourself, or take advantage of our Video Encoding service to have it done for you.  This tutorial discusses when this service is useful and how to use it.
Image of a video with Spanish captions Translating the captions for your video can be an important way to reach new and larger audiences.  CaptionSync offers a mechanism to translate the captions on your video from English to Spanish, or from Spanish to English.  This tutorial will show you how.
Example batch status page CaptionSync provides several powerful features for grouping jobs together in a Batch.  You can collect the results for the entire batch at once, as well as search, report-on, and review transcripts for the whole batch.  These features can make it much easier to keep your work organized and your workflow clear.  This tutorial offers details on how to use these helpful features.
Harmonic ProMedia Carbon With many broadcast stations and cable distribution networks switching from tape to file-based delivery, choosing an encoder that will create the right delivery format with encoded closed captions is critical. This tutorial describes how to add CEA-608/708 closed captions to video using Harmonic's ProMedia Carbon and an SCC output file from CaptionSync.
Compressor Screenshot There are many high-end hardware and software solutions for encoding closed captions for broadcast purposes, but if you are using a file-based workflow Apple Compressor is an easy and cost-effective option. This tutorial describes how to add CEA-608/708 closed captions to video using Compressor and an SCC output file from CaptionSync.
This tutorial shows how to add captions and/or subtitles to your DVD with Apple's DVD Studio Pro.

Of all the media formats that can be captioned, dealing with old analog video tape is perhaps the trickiest.  The video first needs to be digitized, then a caption file needs to be generated, and finally, the end result needs to be encoded back onto tape.  Depending on the encoding system you are using, you may need to just digitize the audio track in order to generate a caption file.  This tutorial shows you how to extract a digital copy of the audio track from a VHS tape.
This tutorial explains the steps necessary to add captions and/or subtitles to your DVD using Adobe Encore.

Resources

Video Files:
Launch Captioning with Encore (Flash, 36.40MB)
Transcript of Movie:
How to use captions and subtitles with Adobe Encore

Desire2Learn Capture Portal CaptionSync is integrated with Desire2Learn Capture, a lecture capture and webcasting solution that enables you to effortlessly capture rich-media presentations and broadcast them to online audiences. Presentations can be embedded into Desire2Learn Learning Environment websites, or other content management systems. This tutorial describes how to set up the workflow integration and how to submit presentations for captioning.
Panopto captions and search Panopto offers a direct integration with CaptionSync, allowing you to automatically caption content captured in Panopto.  This tutorial will show you how to configure and use your Panopto system with CaptionSync.  Note that your CaptionSync account must be enabled for use with Panopto; contact AST Support to get your account enabled.
Screenshot of Tegrity Captioning status screen Tegrity's lecture capture system offers a direct integration with CaptionSync, allowing you to automatically caption content captured with your Tegrity.  This tutorial shows you how to set up your Tegrity system and your CaptionSync account to allow them to work together.  It also shows how to select lectures for captioning from within your Tegrity system.  Using the automated captioning feature from within Tegrity can substantially simplify your workflow.  Note that your CaptionSync account must be enabled for use with Tegrity; contact AST Support to get your account enabled.

Echo administration page Echo360's lecture capture system offers a direct integration with CaptionSync, allowing you to automatically caption content captured with your Echo.  This tutorial explains how to set up your Echo360 system to use CaptionSync.  This setup needs to be completed just once during configuration.  Note that your CaptionSync account must be enabled for use with Echo; contact AST Support to get your account enabled.
Echo Administration page Echo360's lecture capture system offers a direct integration with CaptionSync, allowing you to automatically caption content captured with your Echo.  This tutorial shows you how to schedule lectures and lecture series for captioning.  Ensure you view the tutorial on how to configure your Echo system to enable captioning first.   Note that your CaptionSync account must be enabled for use with Echo; contact AST Support to get your account enabled.

Resources

Watch Captioning with Echo360 on YouTube

Video Files:
Launch Captioning with Echo360 (QuickTime, 2.50MB)
Transcript of Movie:
How to caption with Echo360

Camtasia Presentation Captioning for Camtasia Studio 7.1 or later is a breeze with CaptionSync; this tutorial will show you how.

Resources

Watch Captioning for Camtasia on YouTube

Video Files:
Launch Captioning for Camtasia (QuickTime, 8.30MB)
Launch Captioning for Camtasia (Windows Media, 6.20MB)
Launch Captioning for Camtasia (Flash, 4.80MB)
Tutorial (PDF):
Captioning for Camtasia
Transcript of Movie:
How to caption Camtasia presentations

Screenshot of a Collaborate presentation CaptionSync now allows you to caption Elluminate or Blackboard Collaborate presentations.  All you need to do is provide a URL to your Collaborate archive -- CaptionSync will pick up the presentation, extract the movie file, and return a captioned M4V file to you.  This tutorial will walk through the steps to do it.

Mediasite Captioning This PDF describes how to configure the direct integration between Mediasite 5.4 or later and CaptionSync (please see the other PDF for Mediasite 5.1 to 5.3).  Also please make sure your CaptionSync account is enabled for AST-Link (you can submit a support ticket on the Help page after you log into your CaptionSync account).
Ensemble Video Ensemble Video is an award-winning video management platform recognized for its suite of captioning features developed with participation from higher education institutions, including Syracuse University, the University of Illinois, Clemson University, and Colgate University. Ensemble offers an integration with CaptionSync that enables seamless captioning and allows institutions  to aggregate captioning volumes for greater discounts.
Video Search on YouTube In this video we demonstrate YouTube's video search feature, which allows viewers to search for keyword phrases, see search results that contain the keywords in the closed captioning, and jump directly to the spot in the video where the keywords are spoken. All of this can be enabled by adding closed captions to your videos.
YouTube: Captioning your own YouTube video is pretty straight-forward.  But YouTube does not allow you to add a caption file if you are not the video owner.  Fortunately, there is a work-around for this.  JW Player provides a nice way of adding captioning to any YouTube video.  This tutorial shows you exactly how to do this.
Kaltura screenshot CaptionSync offers an integration with the Kaltura video platform that leverages the latest caption
features and accessible players offered by Kaltura. The integration provides users and administrators
with a simplified workflow for adding captions to videos hosted on the Kaltura platform. After uploading videos to Kaltura, a user can have those videos captioned with just a few clicks.  This tutorial shows you how.
Brightcove screenshot CaptionSync offers an integration with Brightcove to make captioning your Brightcove videos a snap.  This tutorial will show you how to enable the automated workflow for captioning your Brightcove videos.
EduStream.org, which provides community colleges with a centralized resource for video-on-demand capabilities, offers an integration with AST's CaptionSync. The integration allows EduStream member organizations to caption any videos that they upload to their EduStream account with just a few clicks. EduStream member organizations that are part of the California Community College system can use their DECT grant accounts to pay for qualified captioning performed using the EduStream-CaptionSync integration.

View the workflow setup tutorial video streamed from EduStream here.
Captioning podcasts or vodcasts can be tricky because of the variety of devices that viewers may play such content on.  This tutorial series examines the different options available for captioning pod/vodcast content, focusing primarily on the Apple playback devices.  This particular tutorial shows how to caption for playback on Apple devices (iPods, iPhones, iTunes, QuickTime) using Apple's Compressor application.
STAMP plugin for Powerpoint Are you embedding media clips into your Powerpoint presentations?  This tutorial will show you how to caption those clips using the new STAMP plugin for Powerpoint.

Resources

Watch Captioning for Powerpoint on YouTube

Video Files:
Launch Powerpoint Tutorial (QuickTime, 9.09MB)
Launch Powerpoint Tutorial (Windows Media, 4.80MB)
Tutorial (PDF):
Captioning for Powerpoint
Transcript of Movie:
How to caption embedded media in Powerpoint


  • Having used CaptionSync for over two years now, we have found it to be a very flexible and cost effective tool for our productions.  As the creative media department it has been part of our remit to find the best forms for interactivity and accessibility for the wider university.  Being able to upload batches of files to CaptionSync and have them returned swiftly has enabled us to deliver video and audio content with subtitles and transcription to the wider university and the public.
     
    Patrick R.
    Senior Videographer
    University College London
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