what is the best way to add Spanish captions to published video with English captions already?

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Do I need to start over again?
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi Suemoore,

Where will you be hosting you video? Many platforms now allow you to add captions within that user interface. Such as YouTube and Wistia.


Since you cannot add more than one caption file in Camtasia, you can add the captions in YouTube. This is a pretty easy process.
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2734796?hl=en
Even if your final destination isn't YouTube, you can caption there and download the caption SRT file that can be uploaded to other platforms.


This is how we add multiple captions to our videos, like this:
https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-record-edit-share.html 

If you click the CC button, you will see we have many language captions available.


Let me know if you need more information on this. 

Kelly
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Hi Kelly, I apologize for the delayed response.  Other projects beckoned.  The second link you gave "This is how we add multiple captions to our videos, like this:
https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-record-edit-share.html " didn't seem to identify the issue of inserting multiple captions.   Did I miss something?  I use Camtasia, TechSmith/Screencast with Smart Player.  I am a novice at this and would appreciate someone with more experience relaying which of the three options listed here (by you and those who replied) would be the simplest.    Much appreciated!!
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based on your original post, it seems that you have a video with smart player/English captions already published to Screencast.com

is this correct?

if so, and you have/or can upgrade the Screencast.com account to a Pro account, you can add Spanish captions to display along side the English captions; this can be done directly in the video already uploaded to Screencast.com

is this what you're looking for?
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I have Pro.  Why hasn't anyone from Screencast advised how to do this? 
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How To Add 2nd Language Caption To Existing Video Already Uploaded To Screencasdt.com 2019-06-11
https://www.screencast.com/t/MGw4EyEmGhx

you might also want to check out these TechSmith Screencast tutorials ...
https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/categories/203255908
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If your English subtitles are in an SRT file, you can just remove them, then replace with the Spanish ones in another SRT file. If the English captions are burnt in, then just add the new ones by dragging and dropping the SRT file of your Spanish captions, and adjust the size of the caption bar to black out the ones that are already there.
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi Sue, and others.
So, I would like to sort of bring this discussion around a bit so everyone has clarity on this subject of captions.
  1. TechSmith software can ONLY add one caption file at a time to your video, at this very moment. We know people need to be able to add more caption files to their videos, and this is being discussed. This doesn't imply I know it will be a feature in the future. But, we are aware of the need for adding multiple caption files.

  2. If you are hosting your video on Screencast.com, with or without the SmartPlayer, you will only be able to show one caption file. PERIOD. Not one at a time with the ability to switch to other languages. If you choose to add more than one language to that ONE caption file, it will not be easy to read, nor will it be ADA compliant. Here is a sample of what I feel you want/need:


  3. TechSmith also has need of multi caption files for our tutorial and marketing videos. However, we cannot do that work in SC.com, or the SmartPlayer, or within Camtasia. We do that work by adding the other language SRT caption files in Wistia or YouTube.

  4. If you are able to host your video on YouTube, in a private channel or your company channel, you are able to EASILY add numerous caption files to your video.

  5. Another benefit of YouTube captions is the ability for your viewer to move the caption around on the video to a location that best suits their viewing needs.


  6. If you do your captions on Wistia and host there, your viewers can see the script of the entire video and search it.


  7. Another important item to keep in mind when adding captions to your video; if it is a marketing or tutorial video that will reach a lot of people, or represent your company or brand, they need to be timed correctly. This may include having to retime the video to accommodate longer caption text in German or French. Or, could include transcreating the captions to fit the timing of the video.

  8. You can create your timed caption files on YouTube and export them for use in other programs that support multi-caption capability. 

  9. Depending on your bandwidth limitations, you could make a copy of your EN video and host that on SC.com with Spanish captions. You would however, have an EN version and an ES version to maintain.  

I hope this adds some clarity around the topic of captions. If you should have any other questions about this, please feel free to reach out to me at k.mullins@techsmith.com.

Kelly
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I understand.  This seems complicated at my skill level and availability.  The videos I previously uploaded to YouTube didn't carry over the hyperlinks and adding captions to those videos will be less than I would like plus YouTube won't offer quizzing and reporting that I know of.  To be honest, I am weighing the benefit of hosting the videos on SC.com.  The quiz reporting was the initial factor.  As far as I know YouTube doesn't support that function.   I will need to assess what is the best product for long term that gives quiz reports, hyperlinks and captions.  If I understand you correctly, at the moment, to do this with Camtasia/Screencast I will need to create separate English and Spanish caption videos and this seems easier.  I have the file (although previous to upgrade, ugh learning curve), can I copy and rename the file and insert Spanish captions and produce? 
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Hi Sue,

I definitely don't want to over complicate this for you!!!
But at the same time, I want to be clear and honest about Camtasia's ability to caption.
I think the best solution for links, interactivity, and Quizzing IS Camtasia, the SmartPlayer and SC.com!!!
So, the most simple thing you can do is just make two videos and upload to SC.com. One will have the English captions, and one will have the Spanish. Or, watch KayakMan's video and see if that could be an option for you???
I don't know what your video is about, but, you could even go one or two steps further and make the quiz in Spanish in the version that has the Spanish captions. This will make accessibility even better for your video, and this will raise your skills level in the area of localization and making content easy to digest in another language.

Then, when sending out the link to your video, you can give people the choice of EN or ES.

If you need more information about this, let me know.

Kelly
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I made this crude example several years ago to address multiple language videos with captions; perhaps another option to consider ...

Example Video With 3 Language Options 2017-04-10
https://www.screencast.com/t/neePT6RAeY

also, Screencast.com is an excellent hosting site, as Kelly states; I use it a lot and host all my Camtasia tutorials there

but also consider getting your own web site [dirt cheap these days]; hosting that way supports all Camtasia interactive content, and editing already uploaded content after-the-fact [captions, TOC, quiz text], is more flexible than with Screenmcast.com; just use a 3rd party utility like Beyond Compere 4 which can do the uploads [FTP] and any after-the-fact direct edits to files already uploaded

might sound complicated, but is actually very straight forward and simple