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  • 1. Closed Captions More Than Just Scrolling Text! Matt Monjan
  • 2. What are Closed Captions?
    • Closed captioning allows persons with hearing disabilities to have access to television programming by displaying the audio portion of a television program as text on the television screen.
  • 3. And…
    • Closed captioning provides a critical link to news, entertainment, and information for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. For individuals whose native language is not English, English language captions improve comprehension and fluency. Captions can also help improve literacy skills.
  • 4. Opening up the Closed Captions
    • To help hearing impaired students
    • To reach visual learners
    • To reach ELL students
    • To enrich a grammar lesson
    • To teach a vocabulary lesson
    • To work on predicting outcomes
    Why might we want to use CC in the classroom?
  • 5. What types of video files work with CC?
    • Windows Media Player files “.asf” are fully compatible with CC. These files can be streamed and/or downloaded
    • Mac users can install a Windows Media Player on their machines and Stream CC videos/segments and Download CC videos/segments. When downloading videos on a Mac, users should choose the .mov or QuickTime files
  • 6. Are all of our videos/segments closed captioned?
    • No, currently about 30% of the basic DE streaming is captioned and 19% of Plus is captioned
    It breaks down like this: Basic DE streaming = 1,149 full CC videos and 11, 729 CC video clips. Plus = 1,456 full CC videos and 16, 272 video clips
  • 7. Finding Closed Captioned Titles Click on the Advanced Search Link Scroll down and place a check in the Include Only Closed Captioned Titles box
  • 8. Turning CC files on
    • Check the Enable Closed Captioning box in the Media Settings area
    • Set CC as the default in your My Preferences Area
  • 9. Playing (streaming) on a PC or Mac
    • On both of these machines, make sure that the Windows Media Player is installed and selected. Then place a checkmark in the Enable Closed Captioning box
  • 10. Downloading CC videos and CC Files on a PC
    • Create a CC folder
    • Find ANY video in DE streaming and download it into your Close Caption Folder
    • Right-Click on the blue download icon and either Save Target As (IE) or Save Link As (Firefox)
    • Right-Click on the CC icon and either Save Target As (IE) or Save Link As (Firefox) Save file in the same folder
  • 11. Downloading CC videos and CC Files on a Mac
    • Make sure that the Enable Closed Captioning box is checked and that the Windows Media Player option is selected.
    • Download the CC file of the clip you that wish to play later by holding down the Ctrl Key and clicking on CC icon
    • When prompted, choose Save to Disk and click OK .
    • Change DE streaming Media Settings to QuickTime
  • 12. Downloading CC videos and CC Files on a Mac - continued
    • Download the .MOV file of the clip that you wish to play by holding down the Ctrl Key and clicking on blue download icon
    • Once you have downloaded both files, put them in a folder on your desktop.
    • To play your video with closed captions, you will need an application called VLC. It is free. You can download VLC at http:// /
    • Open VLC and select Open File… from the File menu.
    • Check Load subtitles file: and click Settings…
  • 13. Downloading CC videos and CC Files on a Mac – last steps!
    • Browse to the .smi file in the folder you created on your desktop, then click OK .
    • Browse to your .mov file in your folder you created on your desktop by clicking the Browse… icon, then click OK .
    • The video should begin playing with closed captions.
  • 14. Note about Network Manager
    • You can queue the CC file to download at the same time as the video but it is not necessary
      • i.e. CC text files are can be downloaded at any time on both PC and Mac.
  • 15. Playing CC videos full screen on a PC
    • Open your Windows Media Player
    • Click on the word “Play” in the tool bar and scroll down to Lyrics, Captions, and Subtitles
    • Choose “On if Available
    Note: this only works on Windows Media Player 10 or higher
  • 16. Playing CC videos full screen continued
    • Click on the word “ Tools ” in the tool bar and choose “ Options ”
    • Place checkmarks next to: - “ Run script commands when present” -“ Show local captions when present ” (1 st and 4 th boxes)
    • Click on the Apply and OK buttons
  • 17. Neat Trick – Enlarging Close Captioned Text
    • Once the files are downloaded open up your CC folder
    • Right-click on the .smi file and open with a text editor like Notepad
    • Change the Font Size to 20 and/or color to red, yellow, etc..
    • Change the actual text! “Sharks are top predators This trick is awesome…”
  • 18. Before and After Shots of the CC Trick 10 pt 30 pt
  • 19. CC Text That You Can Change and Play
  • 20. Need a recap – check out the streaming A-Z blog (best blog in the blogosphere)