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Captions are an effective way of broadening your audience and making your videos more accessible to people with hearing disabilities. Besides the process of adding captions to your videos is painless, although it requires a certain amount of skill and time. People who can't understand the language used in your video will certainly appreciate subtitles, while you can also make up for a poorly recorded audio by adding captions that explain what is going on in the video.
Camtasia 9 is an excellent editing tool that enables you to add captions to your videos effortlessly. Even though the process is easy to learn it still takes some time to master it, and for that reason we've created this short step by step guide that will take you through an entire process. Let's see how you can add captions in Camtasia if you are using the Windows and Mac operating systems.
Part 1: How to Add Captions in Camtasia Windows?
Before you start adding subtitles or captions of any other kind you first need to complete all other editing activities, because subsequent changes in the project may cause the captions to be out of sync. In Camtasia 9's video editor, click on the 'Captions' tab and select the 'Add Caption option. This action will place a caption on the timeline and the caption track will appear above the timeline. Drag the caption to the desired location on the timeline and adjust its duration by extending or shortening the caption.
Once you've placed the caption to its location on the timeline and after you determined its duration you can type the text. Hit enter to play the audio you want to include in the caption in order to reduce the amount of time you need to spend creating a caption. There are two different ways you can create a new caption. You can either repeat the same process we just described or you can click on the Plus icon on the caption track. Hitting the 'Loop' icon will enable you to listen to the caption you just created as many times as you like.
You can select a font, color or the size of the letters, by clicking on the Font icon in the caption editor. Camtasia 9 offers a wide array of caption options like split captions or ADA compliance that are available worldwide.
Part 2: How to Add Captions in Camtasia Mac?
The process of adding captions in Camtasia Mac is a somewhat different. You'll need to click on the audio effects icon and drag the caption to the timeline in order to create a new caption. Once you've placed the caption on the timeline, the caption track will appear above the timeline. Captions cover the entire duration of the audio track of your video and they are divided into four-second segments.
To add the text to the first caption segment simply click on the caption and start typing. The audio will start playing automatically as soon as you hit the first key which enables you to listen to the text that you want to type. After you've finished entering the text, press the right arrow on the caption track in order to switch to the next caption. The duration of the caption can be adjusted by grabbing and dragging the end of the caption in either direction. Camtasia Mac offers a large number of fonts that can be selected by clicking on the Font icon that also enables you to select the color or the size of the letters. The software also allows you to, import or export SAMI and SRT caption files, which is an extremely useful option for all users who don't want the subtitles and captions to be burnt into the video.
Part 3: How to Add Captions Automatically with the Speech-to-Text feature?
Creating captions can be a lengthy process, especially if you are working on a full feature film or short video that has a lot of monologues or dialogues. For those users who would like to save some time during this process, the TechSmith's software offers a perfect solution in the form of a Speech-to-Text feature. The feature is easy to use and you can access it by clicking on the Captions tab and selecting the 'Gear' icon from the menu. It is worth noting that listening to Voice Training tutorials that come with the Voice Recognition software is a must for users who don't have previous experience with this feature.
After the transcription process is completed, the users must review the transcribed content because capitalization or punctuation are not added to the text. Even though the Speech-to-Text might be very useful at times, users still must check each segment of the captions they created because grammar errors can occur easily. Camtasia's Speech-to-Text feature is ideal for gamers and video enthusiasts who create short videos because they can create captions fast and it takes a little time to review the text.
Part 4: Using Camtasia Alternatives to Add Text and Subtitles
Even though Camtasia's caption options are amazing, the cost of the software and other issues may cause you to consider alternative options. Filmora Scrn is among the best choices if you are looking for screen recording software that also enables you to add text or subtitles to your videos. Adding text in Filmora Scrn is effortless, and all you need to do is click on the Annotations tab in the software's video editor. This action will open a menu that contains a number of different effects like Callouts, Arrows or Eclipse. Not all effects allow you to add text to your videos, therefore using Callouts or Textbox effects is perhaps the best choice. Clicking on the Plus button will add the effect to the timeline and at the same time, a menu that enables you to select the font, size, color, and alignment of the letters will appear in the upper right corner of the video editor's screen. You can adjust the duration of each effect you add by simply dragging its end left or right, while you can also copy and paste all text effects you add to your project. Filmora Scrn is a reliable solution for all users who need an easy and effective way to add text or subtitles to their videos.
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