Basic Captioning Information and Demonstration
Panopto will automatically caption videos that you record into Panopto directly and Zoom recordings stored in Panopto. However, there are two important things you need to know:
- Caption processing is not immediate, and is dependent on the length of the video. Full-class recordings may take as much as a day to process. You need to build time into your class planning to allow for this.
- Automatic captioning isn’t perfect, especially if you use a lot of technical terms. While in some cases the automatic captions may be adequate on their own, you should always check, and know that you may need to spend time correcting them.
In this video, we demonstrate how to activate automatic captions on your videos so students can use them, and where to go to manually correct captions:
Additional Tutorials by Panopto
- Here are written instructions for creating and editing automatic captions.
- Here is a video tutorial on how create and edit automatic captions. (2:22)
Special Considerations for Zoom Recordings Stored in Panopto
When you record a Zoom call, it will automatically be stored in your Panopto account. However, automatic captions for these videos may be generated by Zoom, and if so, they may be inferior. (See this article for instructions on turning on captions in Zoom, which you must do manually.) If you did not have captions turned on during the call, Panopto will generate auto-captions; follow the steps above. In either case, you must still follow the steps above to turn on captions in Panopto so students can use them.
Using Other Video Captioning Options with Panopto
Panopto permits integration of some third-party captioning and transcription services. Champlain does not currently provide such services. However, it is possible to download videos from Panopto and use other tools to caption them. Otter.ai is one such option that produces high-quality automatic captions. You can also download videos from Panopto and upload them to YouTube to generate captions there. We provide a tutorial on YouTube captioning here. At present, YouTube and Panopto offer about the same degree of auto-captioning accuracy.