Please make sure you're using the latest version of Google Chrome on a computer with a keyboard or laptop, not a mobile device or tablet. The most efficient way to caption is using these two main steps:
- Type and break caption groups in the Type mode (Dash opens automatically in the Type mode)
- Sync and proofread in the Sync mode (click on the Sync button in the top right in Dash)
How to type captions
The first step in Dash is transcribing the video (typing out the English-language speech or lyrics and relevant atmospherics) while breaking the text into caption groups by using the Enter key. Your caption group will wrap to a second line and turn red when it is too long. Please use proper caption breaking. More information here. Use your Tab key to play and pause the video. Use Shift +Tab to rewind. You can edit caption text at any time by cicking in the text in the captions beneath the video.
How to sync caption groups
After you're done typing, you can move to the syncing step using the Sync button in the upper right corner of Dash. Use the Up or Down Arrow key to sync a caption so that the audio matches the beginning of every caption group. If you sync a caption at an incorrect time, you can undo the action by using Control + Z or use the Left or Right arrows to nudge the caption groups along the timeline.
Sync each caption group so it appears on-screen when the audio begins. Align with the start of the sound (speech and/or atmospherics), within a ½ second. Dash automatically sets the end times for a caption group. For the best reading rate, caption groups should be highlighted in green or yellow.
How to flip caption groups to the top of the screen
You'll need to check for caption groups overlapping with on-screen text in the syncing step. To determine if on-screen text requires the caption group to be moved to the top third of the screen:
- Use the bottom white horizontal line to identify if the pre-existing on-screen text falls within the lower third of the screen.
- Use the “show captions” button, on the syncing step, to display captions. If the caption overlaps with on-screen text in the lower third, use Shift + 6 to flip up the caption to the top of the screen in the Type mode. You'll see a blue ^ to the left of the caption group in the Type mode. Also, you can flip up caption in the Sync mode by using the backslash "\".
I cannot see my next caption to sync. Is there a way to correct this?
Sometimes the video size is larger than normal and it will expand large enough to push the caption list in the syncing step off the screen. To minimize the video size, grab the six white dots in the lower, left-hand corner and drag toward the middle.
Please ensure your captions are accurate and complete. For more details about captioning, please visit this Help Center article.