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Transcript Widget in KTH Play

Captioned videos can be made more accessible by activating the Transcript Widget in KTH Play, which automatically generates a searchable text version of a captioned video in a text box below the video. The widget can also be embedded on the web with Polopoly or in Canvas.

Automatic text version of captioned video

With the Transcript Widget function in KTH Play, a text version, also called transcription, of a captioned video is created automatically, i.e. all captions are placed in a text box under the video player. This feature makes videos searchable, increases accessibility and simplifies for those who only want to watch parts of the video.

In KTH Play you need to open the text version by clicking on "Show transcript", but if the video is embedded on another page, like the explanatory example video (in Swedish) below, it will always be visible.

Note: Transcript Widget only works on already captioned videos as it has no speech-to-text feature. If you want to edit what is in the text version, you need to edit the captions.

Read more about Transcript Widget under the following headings:

  • Navigation and search function
  • Embedding the widget, on the web or in Canvas
  • Download and print

Navigation and search function

When the video is playing, the active caption is continuously highlighted in the text box below the video. If the text version is longer than the text box, the text box will automatically scroll down to keep the active caption in the middle.

By clicking in the text box, you select a caption and navigate to the related time in the video for the selected caption. The widget also has a simple search function that marks search results in yellow in the text box. However, the search function will not navigate to the search results or show how many search results have been found; you will have to scroll through the text version and look for yellow markings.

Tip: The search function consider full stops as wildcards, i.e. they could be any symbol. Instead of searching for e.g. "rat", "cat", and "bat" separately, you can search for ".at" and find them all at the same time. However, you may still need to sift through the results as this will also find the words "hat", "mat", and "that".

Embedding the widget, on the web or in Canvas

Usually, when you want to use a video from KTH Play, you insert it as a link in Polopoly or Canvas, but this does not work for the Transcript Widget. Instead, you need to embed the video with an embed code and the correct settings.

When you are at the video in KTH Play, click on the "Share" tab and select the "Embed" sub-tab.

Screenshot KTH Play tab menu with the Share tab opened and the Embed sub-tab highlighted.

There are two different players to choose from and three different sizes. Normally, you use "KTH default player" and one of the first two sizes, but to use the Transcript Widget, select the player skin "Transcript Player" and the third size (500 x 530). The other two sizes are not adapted to display the widget below the video, and the video will therefore be very small.

Screenshot embedding settings for Transcript Widget. Correct player and size marked.

Then copy all the text in the text box and navigate to the page where you want to embed it. Polopoly recommends using an HTML block (page in Swedish)  while there is a guide to embedding videos in Canvas .

Download and print

You can also download the text version to your computer as a txt file or print it. You will find the buttons for it next to the search field. The download icon contains a down arrow and is called "Download"; the print icon is a printer and is called "Print".

Note that with embedded video, the download only works with Firefox and Safari. If you have another browser, you can only download the text version on KTH Play.

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Last changed: Apr 28, 2021