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Rev.com provides captioning, transcribing, and translation services, and can assist you in captioning your videos. If you have an Ensemble account, you can link your videos to Rev.com and easily place an order to have them captioned.
By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to:
- Upload and publish your videos within Ensemble
- Set up a Rev.com account
- Link your Ensemble account to Rev.com
- Place an order with Rev.com
- Download your caption files so that you can use them elsewhere (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)
- Upload your caption files back to Ensemble
- Review your captioned video in Ensemble
- An existing Ensemble account
Uploading and Publishing Videos Within Ensemble
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After logging into your Ensemble account, navigate to the "+ add" button near the upper right of the screen.
This will cause the Ensemble Description, Keywords and Credits screen to display:
On the Description, Keywords and Credits screen, enter the information for your video and select Continue (or press the Enter/Return key). This will display the Manage Content screen.
In the Manage Content screen, you can add files by dragging them into the page, or by selecting the Add file button and navigating to your video file in a window that pops up. Make sure that the Type field (near the top of the screen) is set to Audio/Video.
Once you have added your video, select Start Upload. After the upload has completed, select Save & Continue.
Finally, the Publish screen will display. Edit any information you would like, and select Save and Publish.
Setting up a Rev.com Account
To set up a Rev.com account, first navigate to the Rev website and select Sign In (in the upper-right portion of the screen).
At the Sign In screen, select the Create Account button (right side of the screen) and fill your information out in the form that appears. (Alternatively, you can navigate directly to the Rev.com new account registration page.)
After you have created your account (you may have to verify that your email address is valid), you should be able to sign in using the Sign In link on the Rev.com home page.
Linking your Ensemble Account to Rev.com
Linking your Ensemble account to Rev.com allows you to quickly and easily place orders to have your Ensemble videos captioned. Rev also allows you to link up your YouTube account, although doing so is beyond the scope of this tutorial.
AlertPlease note that Rev.com will only be able to access those videos that you have already published!
First, navigate to Rev.com and sign in to your account.
After you have signed in, the Order History screen will display. In the sidebar on the left of this screen, go to Settings.
In Settings, scroll down and navigate to Integration Settings. (Your screen may look slightly different from the image in the picture below.)
Select Link New Account. In the pop-up that displays, select Ensemble as the account type. Enter your SU email address (NetID@syr.edu) as your Ensemble username, and then enter your SU NetID password. The web application URL to enter is: https://ensemble.syr.edu.
Placing an Order with Rev.com
Navigate to the Rev.com Order History page (select your username in the upper-right of the screen when signed on), and select the Place New Order button. In the dropdown menu that appears, select Captions.
The Create Your Caption Order screen will display. Select the From Ensemble button. In the pop-up that displays, select your library and the video(s) that you would like to place an order for, and select the Add Selected to Cart button.
As noted earlier, videos that you have not already published will not show up on the above screen.
A link to the video(s) you have selected will show up in your Cart, along with the length (in minutes) of each video and the cost of your order. Select Checkout when done.
Downloading your Caption Files
Once the Rev staff have processed your order and completed captioning your video(s), your order(s) will show up as Complete on the Order History page. When setting up your preferences you can also request that an email be sent to you when the caption file is complete.
To view a list of caption files for a video or set of videos, select the name of a given order from the Order History page. The screen for that given order will display.
Important: By default, Rev.com provides XML-format caption files. If you are using YouTube to host your videos, this format will not work, as it is not supported by YouTube. The instructions below will assist you in downloading your caption files in either XML or the more compatible SubRip (.srt) format.
If you would like to download your caption files in XML format (Rev default setting; not recommended):
- Select the name of an individual clip from the list shown, or select the link (most likely at the top of the list) that reads Click here for a zip of all [number] documents.
If you would like to download your caption files in SubRip (.srt) or another format (for compatibility with YouTube or other video clients):
- Scroll to the end of the list of caption files
- Select the link titled Need your documents in another format? Download for Free. This will cause a drop-down menu and a Download button to display.
- In the drop-down menu that displays, select SubRip (.srt) (or whichever format you need), and select the Download button.
- Your file(s) will download in a .zip file.
The accuracy of captions generated by Rev.com may vary depending on a number of factors. You may wish to review your video before publishing it in order to ensure that the captions are accurate.
Uploading Caption Files Back to Ensemble
Ensemble can directly utilize the .xml files that Rev.com generates.
Log into your Ensemble account.
After you have logged in, find the video you would like to upload captions from the Media Library, and select the Edit button (on the right side of the toolbar below the video).
On the toolbar at the top of the screen that displays, select the Caption tab to navigate to the Caption screen, and then select the Upload Caption File option. Select the Add file button to locate and add your caption file.
Your caption file will display in the window. Select the Start Upload button, and then select Continue after the upload has completed.
Your caption file will then display at the top of the screen.
Select Continue to finish. The Publish screen will display, allowing you to change publishing options for your video.
If you would like to view your video before publishing, you can do so by either selecting your video in the Media Library, or by selecting the Preview button in the upper-right of any of the Edit screens.