DIY Captions in Panopto: From Beginner to Advanced

In order to make audio and video media more accessible, including to students who are deaf or hard of hearing, instructors may choose to add captions to their audio and video materials. In this one-hour workshop, participants will learn how to add captions using Panopto, Dalhousie’s approved and supported audio/video creation and streaming platform.

In the first part of the workshop, workshop participants will see a short demonstration of (1) how to add automatic captions (machine-generated) to audio/videos created in or uploaded to Panopto and (2) how to edit those automatic captions in the Panopto interface in order to improve their accuracy. After each demonstration, workshop participants will have the opportunity to practice with their own videos.

The second half of the workshop will be interactive demonstrations on advanced editing processes, including:

  • Making edits directly to .srt caption files (may be easier when captioning longer audio/videos)
  • Captioning videos that have been edited in Panopto
  • Uploading and attaching caption files created outside of Panopto (such as with Microsoft Stream)

As the first part of this workshop is hands-on, participants are expected to come to the session with an audio or video file already uploaded to Panopto. Instructions on how to do that are available at the following links:

Note: We will be using Teams to host this online workshop, as it allows for participants to use live captioning. There will be time for questions and answers throughout the workshop.


Les T. Johnson is an Educational Developer with the Centre for Learning and Teaching with a focus on eLearning. His scholarly interests include online teaching, equity and accessibility, and intersections of identity. He captions every video he creates.

Michelle McDonald is a Learning Technologies Specialist with Academic Technology Services. She supports the use of Brightspace and other instructional technologies as a trainer. She is Dalhousie’s Panopto Administrator.


Tereigh Ewert is a Senior Educational Developer (Diversity and Inclusivity) with the Centre for Learning and Teaching. She collaborates with faculty and instructional staff to create inclusive relationships, curricula, content, assessment, activities, and environments.


* Registration will close on August 11th at 5 p.m.


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