Closed Caption for videos
PowerPoint allows you to add closed captioning (CC) to a video file and this plays when you watch a video in the native PPT file (insert a video on a slide to play as part of your lesson) - but when you publish to create the elearning file via iSpring, you lose the closed captioning ability in the video. This would be a HUGE win for iSpring to enable this feature, that already works within PowerPoint, to work in an elearning course and resolves a major ADA compliance point. Have asked about this multiple times the last couple of years, especially once PPT enabled this ability and it became a native function to the application. Anyone else see this is a big benefit to e-learning publishing? I love the iSpring tool, but struggle with this one. Otherwise I have to make multiple versions of the video and make learning paths in the course to select English video, English video with CC, English video with Spanish CC or Spanish video with Spanish CC. Would LOVE to see this work with controls in iSpring!
I too have had a request to start using Closed Captions and I can see the PPT version works well, but the iSpring Player does not like this method. The menu option exists, but does nothing.
I even tried the embedded object route using a short html file, again the player does not produce the results we need.
From a non coding backround, all ispirng needs is to recognise the *.vtt file and embed that with the slide into the player, or have it as a hidden resource.
Are you talking about true closed captioning where it converts the audio somehow to text in a box or field? That would be awesome if so. I have published our CBT courses with Ispring to the Ispring Learn LMS using that option to show "closed captioning" at the bottom which is basically the slide notes field. That works fine, but then you have to provide all the text in the notes section for every slide to have that appear. The one bad part about that is that field kind of covers up the bottom of your display screen and can block visibility to whatever is goiing on down there.
Hi Steve - thank you for this very detailed guidance! We will try this and see if we can replicate your results! I really appreciate this as this has been a real pain-point for us. We use a lot of video and audio, in our courses. As you mention, putting the text in the notes and surfacing these with the iSpring CC button is not effective. What we have had to do instead is create alternate tracks for some programs, or complete separate versions in some cases. We would create a slide in the beginning of the program that offered three buttons: English Video, English Video with English CC, English Video with Spanish CC (and in some cases Spanish Video and Spanish with Spanish CC), to toggle the user down the corresponding path - although once selected, the selection is essentially locked in, versus the ability to turn the option on and off. As you can imagine this is very cumbersome, and it adds a whole layer to building the courses. For longer courses, we've just had to make separate versions - again, also very cumbersome as there really should be an easier way and if we had just built these in PPT, we would have the ability - it just seems to get lost once you publish in iSpring. I am looking forward to trying this solution to see how it works! It does sound like there could still be a cleaner way to manage this if iSpring could sync up the CC capability to work with VTT or SRT files as they are typically designed, but even a work around for now would be a good thing. Thank you and have a great week!