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Captivate 2019 - Make Text to Speech Optional, but still allow Closed Captioning

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Sep 07, 2021 Sep 07, 2021

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Hello - I have a projectc where I must have Closed Captioning available, but I don't want Text to Speech running on every slide.  It has been my experience that most folks turn off the audio on training, and one of my slides has an embedded video that I need them to hear.  What is the best way to handle this?

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Community Expert , Sep 08, 2021 Sep 08, 2021

You appear to be still confusing TTS and CC.  They are really quite different (though related).

 

Text to Speech (TTS for short) is only usable by the E-learning Developer because it is one way to generate audio that is based on the text typed into the Slide Notes area.  Closed Captioning provides the developer with a way to show a synchronised transcript of the audio track at runtime.  The developer can determine whether the CC text is present by default, or initially turned off by default.  If

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Just make sure you enable the button on the playbar for Closed Captioning and leave it up to the user as to whether it is on or off.  You can have it on by default or off by default.  Each client has a different take on which way it should start out.  The important thing is that you leave control of it in the hands of the user.

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I don't understand your question. What has TTS to do with CC? 

To my experience most users love audio much more than reading subtitles, your experience seems to be different. But I rarely use TTS to create narration. 

Why not warn the learner on the slide before the video slide, that audio in the video is very important, and let them use the audio button on the playbar - as Rod suggested -  or with a custom audio button. I would never impose the choice neither.

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I didn't word that very well...

I enabled TTS because I couldn't figure out how to enable CC without it.  That may be the first part that I'm missing.

I turned off TTS and left CC on, but the voices are still playing.

I want to give users the choice, but I don't want the TTS turned on by default.

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You appear to be still confusing TTS and CC.  They are really quite different (though related).

 

Text to Speech (TTS for short) is only usable by the E-learning Developer because it is one way to generate audio that is based on the text typed into the Slide Notes area.  Closed Captioning provides the developer with a way to show a synchronised transcript of the audio track at runtime.  The developer can determine whether the CC text is present by default, or initially turned off by default.  If the developer activates the Captivate playbar with the CC button, then the user can opt to turn CC tex on or off at runtime.

 

Closed Captioning (CC) will only be possible to activate if there is slide audio present at the time.  That's why you were unable to get CC text to appear unless you used Text-to-Speech (TTS) because it is one way to generate and add audio to a slide.  (You could have used a microphone to record your own voice and that would have achieved the same result of adding audio to the slide.)

 

So, TTS is just to add audio to the slide.  Once you have generated the audio, you could deselect the checkboxes for TTS in the Slide Notes panel for that slide and nothing would change because the audio is already now present.

 

However, the CC checkboxes that appear to the left of each line in the Slide Notes panel will determine whether or not that particular line of text can appear at runtime IF Closed Captioning is turned on.  Deselecting the checkbox on a given line would mean the user could not activate that text to appear even if they wanted to.

 

So if you want to give end users the choice about whether or not CC text is on, then:

  1.  Add audio to the slide (either by using TTS or recording your a human voice).
  2. Add text in the Slide Notes area that transcribes the audio track.
  3. Check the CC box for the lines in the Slide Notes that you want available as CC text at runtime.
  4.  Synchronise the CC text lines so that they match closely with the audio during playback.

 

If you want to give control over the CC text to your end users:

  1. Turn on the Captivate playbar
  2. Make sure the CC button is selected in the Playbar settings.

 

If you want CC text OFF by default:

  1. On the Playbar settings panel, click the Settings button underneath the Closed Captioning checkbox.
  2. Make sure the Show Closed Captions checkbox is deselected.  This means the CC text does not become visible unless the user clicks the button on the playbar at runtime.
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