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Create or Upload Captions for Videos in Canvas

Canvas User Guide: How do I add captions to new or uploaded videos in Canvas as an instructor?

You can easily create and upload caption files when you add video content in the Rich Content Editor. The Rich Content Editor is used in features that support the editor (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, or Syllabus). This lesson only applies to creating captions for videos created or uploaded into Canvas. If you’ve created a video outside of Canvas that you want to include in your course, learn how to create captions for external videos. If you have not yet created or uploaded your video, learn how to record a new video or upload an existing video.

Note: Users can view video captions in the Canvas by Instructure mobile app. However, iOS devices can only display captions in WebVTT format. If you use another format besides WebVTT, users on iOS devices will not be able to display the video captions.

Open Video in Canvas Content

Open the Canvas content page or assignment where you created or uploaded your video. Click the video to enlarge the window and open the closed-caption options.

Video in Rich Content Editor

Upload Subtitles

Hover over the closed caption icon [1]. Click the Upload subtitles link [2].

CC button in Video

Create Subtitles

If you need to create a caption file for your video, copy the video URL [1], then click the Go to subtitle creation tool button [2]. A new tab will open in your browser window. Learn how to create a caption file in the subtitle creation tool. When you are finished creating the caption file, you can return to this page.

Note: Canvas must render the video and create a URL link before you can create a caption file. If you try to add subtitles and steps 1 and 2 are not yet available, try accessing your video later.

Create/Add Subtitles Pop-up

Upload Subtitles

If you already have a caption file, you can skip to step 3 and set the caption language and locate the file.

Choose Language and File Type

Select Subtitle Language

In the Language drop-down menu, select the language that matches the language of your subtitle file.

Language DropDown Menu

Locate Subtitle File

To locate your caption file, click the Browse or Choose File button (depending on your browser).

Choose a file from your computer

Open Subtitle File

Locate your subtitle file on your computer. Select the file, then click the Open button.

Select your file

Upload Subtitle File

To submit your subtitle file, click the Upload button.

Select Upload

Confirm Upload

Canvas will confirm your subtitle file has been successfully uploaded. Refresh your browser window to view your subtitles.

Confirmation alert for uploaded captions

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