Auto-Captions in Kaltura

September 11, 2023

As of this month, all new videos created and uploaded in Kaltura will have automatically generated captions. This is a great first step in increasing the accessibility of your video content for all of your learners. All students can benefit from having captions available to clarify vocabulary and expand their opportunities for engaging with video content.

Correct Generated Captions

While any captions are better than no captions, you will want to edit the automatically generated captions to make sure they represent your words correctly. Pay specific attention to discipline-specific vocabulary and key terms. Kaltura also likes to add in periods whenever the speaker pauses, so some basic editing for grammar and spelling will also help people follow your captioning.

To edit your captions, click on Edit from the Actions menu. Choose the Captions tab, and then click the Edit Captions button. You can make changes in the captions connected to each time stamp. Then be sure to Save. We’ve created a tutorial video for you on the specifics of how to edit your captions.

Request Captions for Older Videos

For videos that were created before the semester began, you may need to request captions be generated for them.

Select the video, and click + Caption & Enrich from the Actions menu. You can leave all the default settings, and click Submit. It usually takes a little time for the captions to process. Then follow the same procedure to correct the captions. This recorded training on Kaltura Basics II demonstrates how to request captions, starting at 18:25. 

Relink Ensemble Videos

If you still have links to your video content that go through Ensemble, now is the time to change out those links! Not only will linking them through Kaltura enable the captions, but Ensemble itself will be going away at the end of the Fall semester. Any links that go to Ensemble rather than Kaltura will no longer work. Here is a quick video showing you how to replace Ensemble video links with the correct ones through Kaltura.

Even better, take this opportunity to update your video content and create new videos in Kaltura! Learn more about best practices for instructional videos.


Join Clemson’s celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month! Check out the NDEAM presentations led by Clemson Online Staff:

September 14, 1:00-2:00, Captioning and Accessibility Basics in Kaltura and Zoom

Speakers: Gray Jackson, Sr. Learning Technology Specialist, and James Butler, Digital Learning Strategist

October 5, 12:30-1:30, Introduction to InDesign Accessibility

Speaker: Michelle Tuten, Accessibility Coordinator

October 25, 1:00-2:00, Expanding Accessibility Awareness for Faculty

Speaker: Sharyn Emery, Digital Learning Manager

Upcoming Events

Online Orientation and Course Presence

Wednesday, September 13, 1:30-2:15 PM

Encouraging your learners to engage with you, their peers, and your course starts with orienting them to online learning and establishing your presence. Join this presentation to learn more about deploying these principles in your course to encourage learner engagement. 

Facilitated by Leslie Fuller, Ph.D., Digital Learning Strategist. 

Modality: Virtual and synchronous—an Outlook Calendar invite, with the Zoom link, will be sent.
Registration: Online Orientation and Course Presence on September 13th 

Quick Hits – Turnitin and ChatGPT

Thursday, September 21, 3:30-4:00 PM

Join this training to have your questions on Turnitin’s new AI chat text detection feature answered. Whether you have a specific question or want to see this feature demonstrated, this training opportunity is your time to work with one of our Turnitin admins. When registering, choose whether to have a specific topic covered, enter your question, or both. 

Facilitated by Gray Jackson, Learning Technology Specialist.

Modality: Virtual and synchronous—an Outlook Calendar invite, with the Zoom link, will be sent.
Registration: Quick Hits: Turnitin & ChatGPT on September 21st .

Clemson Online Fall 2023 Events Calendar

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Review our Fall 2023 Events Calendar to see what Online Instruction Development opportunities await!

We have a robust Summer lineup of topics and live training formats to support your use of Canvas and other e-learning tools. Topics cover demonstrations of using Kaltura, presentations on inclusive practices for online education, and workshops to get your Canvas site ready to teach!

All of our live training is recorded. Registrants will automatically receive a link to that day’s video after it has been processed.

Contact James Butler with any questions regarding these sessions. 

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