Edit Your Closed Captions on Echo360

Closed captions are the text version of what is being spoken during a video, displayed in short, readable segments. All Echo360 videos have a closed caption track. This means that should a viewer want to turn on the closed captioning for a course video, they will have that option. This post provides more information about closed captioning in Echo360 and how to edit them for accuracy.


The Echo360 player with the CC menu option on the bottom.
A student can click the CC button on the bottom of the player window.


These captions are derived from the transcript. The transcripts are created by an automated speech recognition system. All videos that are uploaded or transferred to Echo360 will go through the automated speech recognition system as part of its pre-playback processing.

To make the transcript for your Echo360 video accurate, you might want to peruse the transcript and edit, if necessary. You can also delegate a TA to do this job for you.

To edit the transcript for an Echo360 video, first log in to Echo360 either through the platform (https://echo360.org) or via your Canvas course site.

Once there, navigate to your personal library.


Accessing your Echo360 library.
Click Echo360 on the left side menu in your Canvas course site and then library on the top left.


From your personal library, find the video for which you want to edit the transcript and click on it.

Below the player window you’ll see options. Click “Edit Transcript.”

Click the Edit Transcript button on the horizontal menu below the player window.
The Edit Transcript button below the player window.

Once in edit mode, click the blue Edit Transcript button on the top right.

Arrow pointing to the blue Edit Transcript button.
Click the blue Edit Transcript button.

Find the transcript snippet you want to edit and conduct the edits in the edit pane on the right. In this example, the transcript thought I said “wella”. Close guess. It was actually “voila!” So I’m going to fix that.

Editing transcript text and then clicking the Save as New Version button on the top right.
Changing the text in the transcript edit window.


But you can see that although I’ve changed it in the editing pane, it’s still not on the closed caption track.

To fix that, click “Save as New Version”. Then, apply the new version to the closed caption track.

An arrow points from the text to the edit transcript button on top right and from that button to the apply to CC button above.
Once saved, the new transcript version gets applied to closed captions.

Closed captions are required for ADA compliant videos. In addition to making your learning materials accessible for the deaf/hard of hearing community, they are a great way to enhance multi-modal learning.

For more information about closed captions and transcripts, check out the links below.


Creating Closed Captions with WPI’s Video Systems


Compelling Reasons to Caption Video

If you have any questions please reach out to us at the Technology for Teaching and Learning team: atc-ttl@wpi.edu.