Master Closed Captions with Easy-to-Use HTML Code

Are you a content creator looking to add closed captions to your videos? You’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, we will guide you through the closed captions HTML code and how to use it to add closed captions to your videos.

Before we start, let’s clarify what closed captions are. Closed captions are a text version of the spoken content in a video. They are intended to help viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing, but they’re also helpful for people who want to watch a video in a noisy environment or need to read the content instead of listening to it.

Closed captions are different from subtitles. Subtitles only provide a written version of the dialogue while closed captions convey not only the words but also sounds and speaker identification. So, let’s dive into closed captions HTML code.

HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. It’s the standard markup language used to create web pages. HTML tags are used to mark up the content of a web page and tell the browser how to display it. Closed captions HTML code works in a similar way.

To add closed captions to your video, you need to use the “track” element in HTML. The “track” element specifies a text track for media elements like video and audio. Here’s an example of how to use the “track” element:



Let’s break down this example. The “video” element creates a video player with controls. The “source” element specifies the video file and its type. The “track” element specifies the closed captions file and some additional attributes:

– The “src” attribute specifies the path to the captions file.
– The “kind” attribute specifies the type of text track. In this case, it’s “captions.”
– The “srclang” attribute specifies the language of the captions. In this case, it’s “en” for English.
– The “label” attribute specifies a label for the captions. In this case, it’s “English” for clarity.

Note that the captions file in this example has the file extension “.vtt”. This is the standard file extension for WebVTT (Web Video Text Tracks), a format for closed captions that’s supported by most modern browsers.

Once you have added the closed captions HTML code to your video, the captions will be displayed in the video player’s caption menu. Viewers can choose to turn on the captions and select their language preference.

But how do you create the captions file itself? You need to create a text file with the captions and save it in the WebVTT format. Here’s an example of what a WebVTT file looks like:


00:00:00.000 –> 00:00:05.000
Welcome to our video!

00:00:05.000 –> 00:00:10.000
In this video, we’re going to show you how to use closed captions HTML code.

The first line specifies the WebVTT version. The rest of the file consists of caption cues, which have the following format:

[HH:mm:ss.SSS] –> [HH:mm:ss.SSS]


The first line specifies the start and end times of the caption in hours, minutes, seconds, and milliseconds. The second line contains the caption text.

There are several tools you can use to create WebVTT files. Some video editing software includes closed captions tools, or you can use standalone applications like Subtitle Edit or Aegisub.

In conclusion, closed captions are essential for making your videos accessible to everyone. By using the closed captions HTML code, you can easily add closed captions to your videos and reach a broader audience. With a little practice, you can create accurate and high-quality captions that will enhance your viewers’ experience.

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