Automating Captions with Speech-to-Text

Screencast-O-Matic video captionsAdding captions to your videos is a much better user experience for your entire audience. Captions are essential for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Without captioning, the 360 million people with hearing loss around the world would be unable to understand and engage with your video content.

When you create a video, you may want an easy way to add captions to display in the video during playback.  If you’re in a government or education role, these captioning tools are essential to supporting Section 508 and ADA compliance.

Screencast-O-Matic Captioning Tools

All Screencast-O-Matic users have the ability to add caption files to a video during the publishing process.  There are four ways to add captions using Screencast-O-Matic’s video creation tools.

Here’s a quick overview of each caption tool:

Upload a Captions File – A standard captions file (format as .sbv or .srt) can be created and added when publishing to Screencast-O-Matic or to a video file.  This feature is available for all users.

Interactive Captions Editor or Blank Captions – Blank captions let you start from scratch, manually creating your own captions in the video editor.

Scripted Recordings – If you are creating video tutorials or lessons, one great feature to use is ‘Scripted Recordings.’  This feature enables you to create a video in a structured way and it also creates a captions file.

Speech-to-text Technology – This option automatically generates captions for your video. The tool picks up the audio narration from your video and creates captions.

These powerful captioning tools make working with captions easy. It enables you to deliver a better user experience while supporting your compliance needs.