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How do I add an SRT captions file to a Camtasia project? (PC version)

You will learn how to add an SRT timed text captions file to your Camtasia project, so that your video will have closed captions. Captions can be incredibly useful for a variety of users, such as students who are blind, have low vision, are in a sound sensitive environment (like offices or libraries), are viewing a video that is not in their native language, are viewing a video with relatively poor sound quality (or with a loud background music track or noise), are not used to the accent of the speaker, are learning new technical terminology, etc. (View these survey results to learn more about why users like subtitles/captions.)

Follow these steps after you have already created your Camtasia video project and after you have an SRT file (perhaps from the Disability Support Services office).

1. Open your Camtasia project.

The (almost) finished project is shown without captions.

Open your Camtasia project.

2. Click on More.

Click on More.

3. Click on Captions.

Click on Captions.

4. Click on Import captions.

Click on Import captions.

5. Locate the SRT captions file on your computer.

Locate the SRT captions file on your computer.

6. Double-click on the file name.

Double-click on the file name.

7. The captions will now display in the Captions panel and on the timeline.

The captions will now display in the Captions panel and on the timeline.

8. Make sure that 'ADA compliant' is highlighted to ensure that the captions are the proper size.

The ADA compliant font size is the minimum size the captions should be.

Make sure that 'ADA compliant' is highlighted to ensure that the captions are the proper size.

9. Click on Produce and share.

Click on Produce and share.

10. The video now has captions.

The captions can be turned on or off by the user with the CC button on the video player. As a practical tip, you may want to leave a little extra clear space at the bottom of your video (a PowerPoint in this example).

The video now has captions.

Article Summary

You have now learned how to insert an SRT timed text captions file into your Camtasia project, so that your video will have closed captions.

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