Flipgrid works to ensure all students' voices can be part of the discussion, regardless of how they share their voice. An important feature for video accessibility is closed captions. Flipgrid automatically generates closed captions for all new videos. Closed captions can be updated or changed within each Topic's settings.
Educators can set a different language, edit the closed captions, rerun closed captions for individual videos, add closed captions for videos with no audio or turn off closed captions.
- Change the language or disable closed captions
- Edit Closed Captions for a video
- Rerun Closed Captions for a video
- Add closed captions for videos with no audio
Change the language or disable closed captions
By default, Topics will have closed captions turned on to caption English. Flipgrid offers 11 different languages video responses can be transcribed in.
- Visit your educator account at admin.flipgrid.com
- Create a new Topic or edit a Topic by selecting the pencil icon
- Within the Topic Essentials, change the language or disable the captions
- Create or update the Topic to save the changes
- Updating closed-caption preferences will only affect new videos. Videos submitted prior to the changes will not be affected.
- The Flipgrid platform is currently only offered in English, changing the closed caption language does not change the language of the platform.
Edit Closed Captions for a video
The closed captions are automatically captioned by Microsoft's Azure services. This service works great if there is minimal background noise and participants speak clearly. Sometimes, there can be errors with the captioning, so Flipgrid provides a way for educators to edit closed captions as well. Keep in mind, only educators can edit closed captions, but students have a few different options for including text in their videos.
To edit closed captions as an educator, have a look at this article for full instructions!
Rerun Closed Captions for a video
You can generate closed captions for a video to a different language.
1. Select the video
2. Select the Closed Captions tab
3. Select Generate Captions
4. Select the language or Off if you don't want closed captions for the video
*Note: Closed captions does not translate your audio to a different language. It is only able to pick up the language you are speaking and provide the closed captions. ex) Speaking English and selecting French will not generate French translations.
5. Check back shortly to see your updated closed captions appear.
- If you have not enable closed captions in your Topic settings, you will not be able to see them and this is the message that will appear.
Add closed captions for videos with no audio
Educators have the option to add closed captions on videos without audio. This feature can support American Sign Language (ASL) classrooms or any videos that did not capture the audio previously.
1. Select the video that you would like to add closed captions to
- Note: Educators can add closed captions to their Topic Media, Student Responses and Shorts!
2. Select the Closed Captions tab
3. Select Add Captions
4. Select I want to add my own captions
- Note: If you select Generate captions for me, it will produce no captions as there is no audio available
5. You'll see text fields with the allocated time. Fill in the closed captions for each section.
6. Select Update
7. You've added your own closed captions to your video. Play your video to review your closed captions.
To learn more about how to edit closed captions, check out these other articles:
- Educators: Edit Closed Captions
- Edit your Shorts Closed Captions
- Generate Closed Captions for Shorts