Kaltura (Captioning) - Editing caption label

In Kaltura, a caption label appears in the video player's closed captions (CC) menu to allow people watching the video to differentiate between multiple sets of captions. This label typically indicates what language the caption is in and whether the caption is machine-generated or not. Sometimes a video owner would like to change that caption label to make it more accurate or descriptive. This guide shows how video owners or co-editors on the University of Wisconsin System (except for UW Madison) instance of Kaltura can manually change the caption label for their videos.

Here is an example of the caption label for a machine-generated set of captions, in this case labeled "English (autocaption)."

Bottom portion of a Kaltura video player screen with the "CC" closed captions button highlighted and the menu option for "English (autocaption)" displayed.

A video owner or co-editor may have a variety of reasons to want to change the caption label. For example:
  • the video owner or co-editor may have edited machine-generated captions to improve their accuracy and would like to change the caption label from "English (autogenerated)" to "English (corrected)" or simply "English"
  • for machine-generated captions created before 12/01/21 which are labeled "English," the video owner or co-editor may wish to manually change the label to "English (autocaption)"

Changing the Caption Label

Here is how a video owner or co-editor can edit the captions label for a Kaltura video:

1) Go to Kaltura's "My Media"

1a) In Canvas, go to Canvas > Account > My Media
1b) In Mediaspace, go to Guest > Login, then [Your Name] > My Media.

Your Name, then My Media.

2) On the My Media list, pick a video and then check the pencil-shaped Edit icon to the right of its title (or click the title then go to Actions > Edit). 

Kaltura My Media entry with the pencil-shaped Edit icon to the right of the title highlighted.

3) On the edit entry screen, scroll to the row of tabs below the video. Select the Captions tab.

Kaltura edit entry screen with the Captions tab highlighted and the pencil-shaped Edit icon in the Actions menu highlighted.

In the Actions section on the right of the Captions menu, click the pencil-shaped Edit icon.

5) This will open a menu allowing you to edit the metadata about the captions file, including the caption label. In the Label text box, enter the new text that you want to display.

Kaltura "Edit Captions" screen with the "Label" text box highlighted.

If you instead wanted to edit the content of the captions, see the Kaltura (Captioning) - Editing Captions guide.

6) Click Save.

7) To see the new captions label, refresh the My Media page, then play the video. Clicking the "CC" button will display the new captions label.

Bottom right portion of a Kaltura video player screen with the closed captions "CC" button highlighted and the captions lable "English (corrected)" displayed.

Keywordscaptioning, caption, kaltura, video, media, accessibility, 508, transcriptDoc ID115056
OwnerThomas A.GroupUWSA DLE
Created2021-12-01 11:37:25Updated2024-02-26 12:50:13
SitesUW Green Bay, UW Stout, UW System Administration DLE, UW-La Crosse
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