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Closed Captioning and Transcripts

Closed Captioning

Most (but not all) videos in Kanopy include closed captioning, and the database adds new captioning to content frequently. Captions are turned off by default, but can easily be turned on. To turn on the closed captioning in Kanopy, click Play. Once the video has started, then click the Closed Caption logo (CC in a box) in the lower-right corner of the video, then click English.

Note: In order to comply with accessibility laws, videos must include closed captioning if you are embedding into the LMS or you are requiring all students to watch the video as part of an assignment. You can use closed captioning as criteria when searching for films in the database. Follow the steps for Advanced Search described in the Searching Options section of this guide.

Kanopy Closed Captioning


To see a transcript of the video as it is playing, click on More, then click  Transcript.  You will then need to start the video to see the transcript. The transcript can be useful, since you can search it for keywords. If you click on any sentence in the transcript it will jump ahead and start playing the film where those words are being spoken.

Kanopy Transcript