Creating Closed Captions in Articulate Storyline – Method III

Creating Closed Captions in Articulate Storyline - Method III

In my previous blog, we have discussed a new method to create a closed caption in which each line of the transcribed text comes in sync with audio similar to movie subtitles. But this method becomes lengthy when your course has a large number of slides.

So today, in this blog, we will discuss a simplified version of the same process.

Step 01:

Go to View tab>click Slide Master.

Step 1

Step 02:

In the slide master, where you have already designed your customized interface, create a button or an icon (depending on your interface requirements) that can be triggered to display the closed captions.


Step 03:

Again, in the same slide master, add a new layer for the transcribed text.


Step 04:

Create a text variable as shown in the below screenshot.


Step 05:

Now, in the new layer, add a box where the transcribed text can be displayed and write the name of the text variable you have just created, between 2 percentage marks.


Step 06:

Coming back to the base layer of the slide master, create a true/false variable to help display the CC layer.


Step 07:

Adjust the variable as shown in the screenshot below.


Step 08:

Now, add triggers to the CC button to display and hide the CC layer.



Close the slide master after adding these triggers.

Step 09:

Create small rectangles outside the slide. Number of rectangles depends on the number of breaks you give for the whole transcribed content.


Step 10:

Timeline of the rectangle patches must be aligned as shown in the screenshot below. (It depends on the ‘readability time’ you give for each sentence.)


Step 11:

Now, adjust the text variable as shown in the screenshots below.




That’s it! Preview or publish and check the functionality.

You must be wondering why I say this process is a simplified version of the second method. It is because in the second method you need to repeat the whole process for every slide. But, in this method, as you have created the CC button in the slide master, you only have to repeat half of the procedure on every slide.

Hope this post is helpful to you. Please share your thoughts through your valuable comments.

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