How to Create a Caption file using Otter AI

Do you have videos in your course or on your website? If yes, then it is best practice to ensure accurate captions have been applied to your video. This post is going to walk you through how to create a caption file using Otter.ai (Opens in new tab).

Requires Paid account of www.otter.ai

Shawn

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This process can be summarized in just a few steps:

  1. Prepare a folder of video files that need to be captioned.
  2. Login to your paid Otter.ai account and create a folder for the group of files you are about to import.
  3. Select the Transcribe Audio and Video Button
  4. Drag all of your videos into the window
  5. Edit the conversations for accuracy
  6. Export the caption files as SRT

Preparing a folder of video files


This step is essential as it will help you gather all of the relevant files in a single location. There are various programs that can help you download a video file if you have lost them. If you have uploaded to YouTube or Canvas then you probably have the video files on your computer somewhere. Gather them all in one spot.

I like to create a folder on my desktop and add them all there.

Folder on desktop containing all of the files that need captions

Log in to Otter and create a folder for the video uploads

This step is for maintaining our organization throughout the process. If you have many videos to caption – this step is even more important.

Create a new folder in otter ai
Create a new folder in otter ai

Select the upload media button

Once you are inside the folder you want to upload all of your videos to, select the Transcribe Audio and Video button.

Transcribe audio and video button in otter ai
Transcribe audio and video button in otter ai

Move all the video files from the folder on your desktop into the otter.ai upload window

Simply drag all of the video files into the upload area.

Dragging files into otter.ai

The files will immediately begin uploading and transcribing

The video files begin to be transcribed

Edit the Conversations for accuracy

Each video upload will create what is called a conversation. This is what Otter.ai calls individual recordings. Each conversation will need to be edited for accuracy.

Select the conversation to edit it, and select the edit button.

Select the edit button to edit the captions

Make any changes required to the text of the file. Simply type over the words where updates need to occur.

Prepare for export

With a conversation open, select the options menu and choose export.

Select options and then select export

This will allow you to choose SRT as an option.

Change the file format to SRT and use the settings for 2 lines and 32 characters per line.

Then, select export.

Summary

This post walks users through how to get organized with their video files that need captions, create a folder in otter.ai for import, transcribe the video files, edit a conversation, and export them as an SRT file.

Using Canvas Studio? Upload the SRT file there!

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