Creating Captions and Transcripts Using Panopto

Accessibility is a key component of designing inclusive and equitable learning environments. By creating accessible content from the start, your materials are usable by a wide variety of learners with a variety of needs and preferences. For example, video captions were designed to facilitate access to video content for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, they are also useful for students who are learning English, and to understand fast speech. This page will provide instructions for using Panopto to auto-generate and edit captions, and instructions for creating a transcript.

Creating and editing captions in Panopto

Panopto is Middlebury’s video and audio storage service that allows you to upload, edit, store and share video and audio files with varying levels of privacy settings.

1. You do not need to take any action to create captions. Captions are automatically generated for videos created using Panopto and for videos that are uploaded to Panopto.

Note: Panopto’s auto-caption feature WILL MAKE MISTAKES; it generates captions with about 85% accuracy. These captions need to be reviewed and corrected in order to achieve as close to 100% accuracy as possible.

2. Follow these instructions to edit the auto-generated captions.

Creating a transcript from Panopto captions

Pantopo does not have a built-in tool to create a transcript, but we can use the (edited and corrected) caption file to generate text for a transcript.

Once you have generated captions and corrected them, to create a transcript:

  • download the caption file from Panopto (click on the video’s settings > captions > click the toggle under Available Captions > download file
  • Go to the Subtitle Tools website and upload the caption file you just downloaded to your computer. De-select the “Empty line between cues” box, and click Extract Text
    • This will strip out all of the time code and leave you with just text
  • You can either View Text and copy/paste into a Google doc/Word doc etc, or download the .txt file
    • We recommend saving a copy of the transcript using one of these methods, rather than just copy/pasting the text directly into Canvas
  • Format the transcript text into short, topical paragraphs
  • Add transcripts into Canvas