Video Element – Caption Files (WebVTT)

(𝕄𝕚𝕔𝕙𝕒𝕖𝕝 𝔾𝕒𝕣𝕠𝕗𝕒𝕝𝕠) #1


Because of WCAG 2.0 AA / 508 compliance / accessibility requirements, or just being a nice web designer / developer, every video should have Closed Captions.

52 PM

…but Hype doesn’t have the option to add captions. That renders the video Element in Hype essentially useless to me and perhaps others. To fix this problem, the video has to be added separately as HTML, just so the WebVTT caption file can be added. That seems silly.


Therefore, since Tumult does seem to be concerned about accessibility, the Video Element should have a field to specify WebVTT files. Yes, multiple files, as the language can be specified.

Technical Specifications

Here’s what a typical “track” tag looks like, when adding captions to a web video…

<track src="${resourcesFolderName}/video-name.vtt" kind="captions" srclang="en" label="English" default="default">

Ulterior Motive

Currently, I’m working on an app called “Intensifies”, which is for greater control and precision in creating WebVTT caption / subtitle files. (I thought I posted a thread about this before, but I couldn’t find it.) Obviously, if Hype makes it easy to add captions files, there would be a greater demand for caption making software.

More Info… – The HTML used to add caption tracks – Browser support for WebVTT is phenomenal – The specifications for WebVTT

How interested are you in web captions?!

  • NOT AT ALL – I never use captions :rage:
  • I’M CURIOUS – I’d like to add captions, but I don’t know how. :man_shrugging:t2:
  • HYPE NEEDS THIS – I use captions and Hype should support this! :grin:
  • I LOVE CAPTIONS – Hype should do this and I like Intensifies :heart_eyes:

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(drewbullen) #2

As of last January, this is an important issue in the US. If you are producing educational videos, you can get sued if you don’t include captioning. Of course, it is a good thing to do anyway.

However, this is a feature already included in modern video production software. In fact, many programs have even automated this process (e.g. Camtasia) and therefore IMHO, it isn’t necessary for Hype.

(𝕄𝕚𝕔𝕙𝕒𝕖𝕝 𝔾𝕒𝕣𝕠𝕗𝕒𝕝𝕠) #3

How’s it not necessary for Hype?

If I have a caption file, in WebVTT format, how would I add that to Hype by using the video element? It’s not possible.

(Mark Hunte) #4

Also fyi

Not played with this for a while…

(Jonathan Deutsch) #5

Thanks for the feedback, I’ve added this on our tracker.