9.6. Specifying Additional Transcript Options

9.6.1. Edit a Video Transcript

If you want to edit an existing .srt video transcript, follow these steps.

  1. In Studio, open the video component for the video.

  2. For an .srt transcript, locate Default Timed Transcript, and then select Download Transcript for Editing.

  3. After the file downloads, open a text editor and make any changes that you want.

  4. Select Upload New Transcript to upload the edited file.

9.6.2. Add a Supplemental Downloadable Transcript


You can also use this procedure to upload a different kind of handout for learners to download, such as an image or a chart.

By default, a .txt file is created when you upload an .srt file, and learners can download either the .srt or .txt transcript when you allow transcript downloads. For more information about allowing transcript downloads, see Enable Video and Transcript Downloads.

In addition, you can provide a downloadable transcript in a format such as .pdf. To do this, you upload the additional transcript in the video player as a handout. Learners see an option to download the handout below the video.

Historically, some courses used .sjson files for video transcripts. Use of .sjson files is no longer recommended. However, if transcripts in your course use this format, see Upload an .sjson File (Deprecated).

To add another downloadable transcript, follow these steps.

  1. Create or obtain your transcript as a .pdf or in another format.

  2. In the video component, select Advanced.

  3. Locate Upload Handout, and then select Upload.

  4. In the Upload File dialog box, select Choose File.

  5. In the dialog box, select the file on your computer, and then select Open.

  6. In the Upload File dialog box, select Upload.

9.6.3. Add a Transcript in Another Language

You can provide transcripts for your video in more than one language. To do this, you work with a third-party service to obtain an .srt transcript file for each language, and then associate the .srt file with the video in Studio.

Before you add a transcript file, make sure that each file has a unique name. If you use the same transcript name more than once, only the most recently added transcript will appear for every video component that is set up to use a transcript with that name. To avoid this problem, a best practice is to name additional transcript files by appending the transcript’s language to the video file name.

For example, you have two videos, named video1.mp4 and video2.mp4, and their original transcripts are named video1.srt and video2.srt. When you add Hindi transcripts for these videos, you name them video1_hi.srt and video2_hi.srt. When you add Spanish transcripts for the videos, you name them video1_es.srt and video2_es.srt.

To add a transcript to a video component, follow these steps.

  1. After you obtain the .srt files for additional languages, open the video component for the video.

  2. On the Advanced tab, scroll down to Transcript Languages, and then select Add.

  3. Select the language for the transcript that you want to add.

  4. Select Upload, browse to the .srt file for the transcript in that language, and then select Open.

  5. In the Upload translation dialog box, select Upload.

  6. Repeat steps 2 - 5 for any additional languages.

When your learners view the video, they can select the Language menu to select a language.

The video player with the language menu selected to show English and Spanish as transcript options

9.6.4. Upload an .sjson File (Deprecated)


Only older courses that have used .sjson files in the past use .sjson files. All new courses use .srt files.

If your course uses .sjson files, you upload the .sjson file for the video to the Files & Uploads page, and then specify the name of the .sjson file in the video component.

  1. Obtain the .sjson file from a media company such as 3Play.

  2. Change the name of the .sjson file to use the following format.

    subs_{video filename}.srt.sjson

    For example, if the name of your video is Lecture1a, the name of your .sjson file must be subs_Lecture1a.srt.sjson.

  3. Upload the .sjson file for your video to the Files & Uploads page.

  4. Edit or create the video component.

  5. Select Advanced.

  6. In the Default Timed Transcript field, enter the file name of your video. Do not include subs_ or .sjson. For the example in step 2, you would only enter Lecture1a.

  7. Set the other options that you want.

  8. Select Save.