Translated closed captions

AI generated translated closed captions are available for simulive and video on demand sessions

Author photo  Hugh M
  Last updated April 11 2022

Whether you want to use our powerful AI tool to quickly generate closed captions or review and update your session's closed captions, Canapii' s transcription tool will help you get the job done! 

Find the list of languages below which can be transcribed and generated to captions, or jump to the step by step instructions here.

Transcribing languages

Step 1: Canapii will first transcribe the pre-recorded MP4 video (within the assets tab) in US English or one of the following 30 languages:

Arabic (gulf) English  (Scottish) German Japanese Russian
Arabic (modern standard) English  (Welsh) German (Swiss) Korean Spanish
Dutch English (Australian) Hebrew Malay Spanish (US)
English  (British) Farsi Persian Indian Hindi Mandarin Chinese (mainland) Tamil
English  (Indian) French Indonesian Portuguese Telegu
English  (Irish) French Canadian Italian Portuguese (Brazilian) Turkish

Languages available to generate CCs

Step 2: Using the transcribed video (as per step 1) you can then generate closed captions in one of the 72 languages below:

Afrikaans Estonian Kannada Sinhala
Albanian Farsi (Persian) Kazakh Slovak
Amharic Finnish Korean Slovenian
Arabic French Latvian Somali
Armenian French (Canadian) Lithuanian Spanish (Spain)
Azerbaijani Georgian Macedonian Spanish (Mexico)
Bengali German Malay Swahili
Bosnian Greek Malayalam Swedish
Bulgarian Gujarati Maltese Tagalog
Catalan Haitian Creole Mongolian Tamil
Chinese (simplified) Hausa Norwegian Telugu
Chinese (traditional) Hebrew Persian Thai
Croatian Hindi Pashto Turkish
Czech Hungarian Polish Ukrainian
Danish Icelandic Portuguese Urdu
Dari Indonesian Romanian Uzbek
Dutch Italian Russian Vietnamese
English Japanese Serbian Welsh


How to generate translated Closed Captions for individual sessions

  • Firstly go into sessions within step 2 of the event console and locate either your VOD or simulive session.
  • Once you've selected the session, scroll to the bottom of the session's settings page until you find the assets tab
    This is where you're able to upload the MP4 video asset for the session but also where you're able to transcribe and generate the closed captions
  • Upload the video asset by clicking the gear icon next to the video file option
  • Once the MP4 video has uploaded, locate the transcribe button below. Select this and choose the language that is being spoken within the video

Don't close the page as this step may take several minutes depending on the size of your file. 

  • Once the file has finished transcribing, you will find the new language option appear below the closed captions section.

Note: If you would like to edit or review the transcribed closed captions you can do so by selecting the gear icon next to the transcribed language.
The download and upload options enable you to download a copy of the transcription, make edits and re-upload the custom closed captions. Be careful not to edit the time stamps in the transcription file.

Now that the video has transcribed, you can use the transcription to generate, translated closed captions:

  • Select the generate button (this will open a new pop up window)
  • Select the transcription from the select source caption drop down
  • From the caption to generate drop down, select the desired translation (language)
  • Press submit
  • Once the newly generated closed caption language has finished processing, you will see it appear alongside the other language options

Applying Closed Captions to multiple sessions

Admins are also able to generate closed captions for multiple sessions, providing that their translation requirements are the same.

You can do this by firstly selecting the source language. As per the above steps, go into each of the individual sessions, scroll to the bottom of the page & select Transcribe. Here you'll select the source language which the transcriptions will be generated from. Once this initial step is completed, follow the next:

1. Go into Sessions.
2. With the tick boxes, select the multiple sessions which require generated closed captions.
3. Now that you've chosen the sessions, click on Actions, from the list find Generate and select accordingly. 
4. Select the already generated Source language i.e. US English & then select the languages which the closed captions should be applied to. Lastly select Save
5. To ensure that the closed captions have been applied, go into each session, scroll to the bottom of the page and here you'll find a list of the generated closed captions:

How do attendees select their desired closed captions within a session?

Within a video on demand or simulive session (providing that captions have been generated for a session), users will see a small cc option in the lower right corner of the player window. Selecting this will open the full list of closed captions that have been generated.

What about closed captions or transcriptions for livestream and live breakout sessions?

Typically, closed captions for live streams are fed through the livestream provider. Whether you are using Vimeo or a production company these will be shown in the player window as described above as long as they are included with the feed.

Our integrated video conferencing platform for live breakout sessions and meetings, offer a live transcription option can be enabled from the session's settings page. At the time of this release the available languages for this type of transcription are:

English (Australian) French German Korean
English (British) French Canadian Portuguese Mandarin Chinese
English (US) Italian Japanese Spanish (Mexico)