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John Cavano
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Below are the steps to upload a video and captions into Canvas. These are specific steps for uploading videos using "Record/Upload Media", not "Insert/Edit Media". I found this process a little tricky because you add the captions after you save the Canvas page. 

  1. Go to Canvas and edit the page you want to upload a video
  2. Click Record/Upload Media
  3. Click Upload Media
  4. Click Select Video File
  5. Double-click the video, which will appear as a "This link will be replaced..." icon in the Canvas page
  6. Click Save to save your Canvas page
  7. Click the video, then click it again if you want to pause it
  8. Hover over CC and click Upload Subtitles
  9. Click Choose the Language and click the language
  10. Click Choose File
  11. Double-click the caption file (.srt or .vtt)
  12. Click Upload
  13. Reload your Canvas page to make the captions appear
  14. Play the video
  15. Hover over CC and click the captions (usually named English) to make sure they are working
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Aaron Garner
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John, thanks for the super clear instructions.  I'm not experienced with this at all so this is great.

If you have a youtube video that is already done with subtitles, is it easy to get that video into Canvas?  Of course I could do some research as well, but we have an expert in the house.  Smile

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Hi Aaron! Funny you would mention that! Here are the steps to Download a Video and Captions from YouTube. ? Once you've downloaded the video and caption file from YouTube into your Downloads folder, you can follow the steps above to add the video to Canvas. To answer your question, I think it is about a 6 out of 10 on the difficulty scale. Once you have good captions, which you already have, then it was just understanding that captions are added after you play the video in Canvas. Take care!

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John Cavano
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*sigh* I should have done a better job searching before posting. @kerry-steers already gave us the directions for Embedding Zoom Videos w/Captions, which are the same as my instructions above. And he has pictures! Thank you, Kerry! ? 

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@john-cavano. Excellent!  Thanks much.  Now I have double the fun! Smile

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Ha! ? You're welcome, @aaron-garner, and thanks!

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Deanna de Azevedo
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Thank you so much @john-cavano!

I am always (fashionably) late to the party —and— have a tendency to learn tech-oriented things BY THE SEAT OF MY PANTS rather than patiently using an instruction manual or watching a tutorial.

Thank goodness for your step-by-step instructions.

Since a group of us is shifting to Canvas Studio for video embedding —and— because some of the videos we use in art history have been self-captioned using YouTube, it's been bugging me that Canvas Studio does not recognize YOUTUBE DEFAULT CC FILE (.SBV).

But...

I think I found the answer and thought I would share — though @john-cavano or another colleague might have done so already. (My delinquency on this, again, has to do with what I shared before: my learning style for tech = SEAT OF MY PANTS). 
  

From Randolph-Macon College — LibAnswers:

Q. How can I use YouTube captions in Canvas Studio?

https://rmc.libanswers.com/faq/320141  

Full set of instructions at the link above, I've borrowed Step 4:

On the subtitles and CC page:

From the "Actions dropdown list, select ".srt" [this is the subtitle's format]

You will be prompted to save the file. Make sure it is an SRT file (*.srt).

YouTube captions in Canvas 3 Borrowed from Randolph Macon College LibAnswers

I've tried it. It works. Yay! Note: Closed-captioning is placed at top of video and DOES block some content.

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Nicely find, @deanna-de-azevedo! This is what I talked about in Download a Video and Captions from YouTube, but you have a helpful screenshot. ? Thank you!

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