Closed Captioning for the iPad

Closed captioning for the iPad is really very easy. First we will use MovieCaptioner to create our captions and then we will export them as a Sonic Scenarist (SCC) caption file. These are the same type of captions you might see on TV and are often called Line 21 captions. We will use Apple's Compressor software to create the captioned video for the iPad. First, after opening Compressor, if you see a Templates Chooser window, just hit the Cancel button. We won't need this. template chooser window Drag your movie to the window with the downward facing arrow... drag your movie to the window Next, go to the Window menu and select Show Inspector if the Inspector window is not already open... choose the Inspector window from the Window menu Once the Inpector window is open, if it appears blank, click on your movie in the main window and the info for the movie should appear in the Inspector window... Inspector window Now click the Additional Information tab in the Inspector window and choose your SCC file from your hard drive... choose your SCC file You can close the Inspector window, then go to the Window menu and choose Settings... template chooser window In the Settings window, click the triangle next to Apple Devices and select one of the four choices under it depending on your movie and target device... choose an Apple Devices setting Drag your choice to the main window where your movie is. It should appear like this... template chooser window Now just click the Submit button and give your project a name and click the Submit button for that window... template chooser window It will begin to compress the movie... movie is compressing When it's done, it will create a movie that has the name of the setting you used tacked onto the name of your movie with a ".m4v" file extension...

finished movie

Now all you need to do is drag your movie into iBooks Author and it will create a widget for the movie. You can test your movie on your iPad if you have it connected to your computer. Open iBooks on the iPad, then click the Preview button in the top panel of the iBooks Author interface... template chooser window If you have closed captioning turned on in your iPad's Video settings, you should see the captions play along with the movie. Here is how to enable closed captioning on your iPad... iPad video settings with closed captioning enabled So, creating captions for videos on the iPad is really a pretty simple process. MovieCaptioner makes it a lot easier by creating the SCC file that you need to import into Compressor. Give MovieCaptioner a try. You can download a free, fully-functional demo that is good for 14 days from Please view the tutorial videos there to see how easy it is to be up and running with MovieCaptioner in a few minutes. Good luck with your captioning projects!


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