There are really two ways of creating caption events in Hi-Caption: transcribing
and synchronizing timecode from scratch in the Captioning events window
or importing an existing transcript and adding timecode to individual
Captioning from scratch
1) Before you can transcribe dialogue in Hi-Caption,
you need to have caption events. To add caption events make sure the media
player bar is at the starting point. You can also see if you are at the
beginning of a clip by looking at the time elapsed box of the media player.
It should read: 00:00.
You can add captions events to the grid in the Captioning Points window
by either selecting the
button or by using
these keyboard shortcuts:
- Spacebar = Play and Pause: The built in media player
(click near the play and pause buttons to activate the keyboard controls).
- F8 = Add Current: Places the current time being played
on the timeline into the Time Start cell of the grid and creates a new
row if you are working from scratch.
- F6 = Step Current: (For editing the time in a Time
Start cell) Places the current time being played on the time line into
the Time Start cell of the grid.
2 Start playing your media file by pressing the Spacebar key
or clicking on the button in the media player.
3) Add caption events by pressing the F8 key
or button. Add a new caption event each
time someone new is speaking.
Your Captioning Points window should now contain several empty caption
events. You now have space to transcribe the dialogue and speaker for
After you have transcribed a few lines, check your work by saving your
file then selecting
captions will then appear in the media player window.
After you have finished transcribing all the dialogue, you can edit
any incorrect Time starts by using the F6 key on the keyboard.
or by pressing
Importing transcripts into Hi-Caption greatly speeds up the captioning
process. After transcribing all the dialogue in a word processing program,
save the transcript file as either a simple text file (.txt) or rich-text
1) Open Hi-Caption and
select your media file by selecting .
2) Click in the Information dialogue
Now that you have a default SAMI file created, you are ready to import
your existing transcript.
3) From the main menu items in the Captioning Points
4) The Import Wizard dialogue box should appear. In
the Import Wizard dialogue box browse your computer for your transcript
file by selecting the button.
After you have located your transcript file, the file name and directory
path will appear in the File Name field of the Import Wizard.
5) After your selected file is displayed in the file
name field, choose the button in the bottom of the
Import Wizard dialogue box.
6) The Import Wizard should now display the Available
Class Selection Options. The class selections define the language of the
captions. The default for the United States is ENUSCC. This stands for
English United States Closed Captioning. For this tutorial click the check
box next to ENUSCC.
7) After you have selected a language class, click
the button in the bottom of the dialogue
8) The Import Wizard should now display the options. In this window you can define which classes (i.e. if
you have more than one language) go with each speaker. In our case ENUSCC
goes with Lisa because she speaks English.
9) Now you should see the .
Here you define how you want your transcript to be broken into caption
events. You can define caption event breaks by either using line breaks
or punctuation. In this tutorial we've selected line breaks to keep our
button to import your transcript and
create caption events
You should now see your new caption events without Time Starts. You
will notice in our imported text, the names, and captions show up in the
Caption field of the grid. This technique saves space when the captions
appear in the player window.
Now you are ready to add Time Starts to your caption events. These
can be added by selecting the first event row in the grid and pressing
the F6 on
the keyboard. You already have the caption event rows you need, so the
button/F6 Key simply adds Time Starts
in the grid as you pause and play the media file.
After you have added Time Starts, Language Classes, Speaker information
and Captions to your file, save your work by selecting
from the Captioning Points window.