Lectora IPAD and Closed Captioning

smallears
smallears Community Member Posts: 14
I am creating a course to work on Desktop and IPAD the closed captioning XML files work great on the desktop browser. But when i am using the iPAD it uses quicktime to play the video and the captions or even an option to display the closed captioning is not available. Does any one know a work around for this?

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  • ssneg
    ssneg Community Member Posts: 1,466 ☆ Roadie ☆
    Lectora uses JWplayer for video playback. And JWplayer supports CC for iPad (see here - http://www.jwplayer.com/html5/track/) - so it should be possible. However, it might be that Lectora does not provide enough options to configure it, so some manual tweaking is required.
  • paul-minni
    paul-minni Community Member Posts: 18
    <<< Lectora uses JWplayer for video playback. And JWplayer supports CC for iPad (see here - <a href="http://www.jwplayer.com/html5/track/" class="bbcode_url">http://www.jwplayer.com/html5/track/) - so it should be possible. >>>



    PMJI, but I think you may have read that wrong. That page is for HTML5 compatibility, which is JWPlayer V6. Lectora still uses the deprecated JWPlayer 5(née Longtail). That version of the Flash player uses a .swf plug-in for captions.



    Anyhow, I'm pretty sure that Flash and IOS don't mix. I have the same issue with xml captions on Android.
  • ssneg
    ssneg Community Member Posts: 1,466 ☆ Roadie ☆
    @Paul Minni 61098 wrote:
    <<< Lectora uses JWplayer for video playback. And JWplayer supports CC for iPad (see here - <a href="http://www.jwplayer.com/html5/track/" class="bbcode_url">http://www.jwplayer.com/html5/track/) - so it should be possible. >>>



    PMJI, but I think you may have read that wrong. That page is for HTML5 compatibility, which is JWPlayer V6. Lectora still uses the deprecated JWPlayer 5(née Longtail). That version of the Flash player uses a .swf plug-in for captions.



    Anyhow, I'm pretty sure that Flash and IOS don't mix. I have the same issue with xml captions on Android.


    I appreciate you jumping in, Paul. Made me go and check the facts. The facts are:



    1. JW5 supports video playback both in HTML5 and Flash.

    2. JW5 supports closed captions both in HTML5 and Flash, with some limitations, which are:

    a) SRT captions are supported in HTML5 and Flash on desktop only. No Android or iOS support.

    b) MP4 captions are supported in Flash mode, not on HTML5. MP4 captions are supported on the iPad/iPhone though, since their browser itself detect and renders the closed captions.



    Look for yourself, the good guys over at Longtail still have the v5 documentation: http://www.longtailvideo.com/support/jw5/31151/captions-plugin



    So to answer the original poster's question, yes, there is a workaround. Embed captions into MP4 and iPad will pick them up.
  • paul-minni
    paul-minni Community Member Posts: 18
    CRINGE... Yet another Lectora Workaround/extra step procedure. :p I think this may have scared the OP away...





    While I have your attention ssneg, any ideas on how to get Lectora to add or append data to the FlashVars it writes for the JW5 player plug-in? I can have it write the complete set of parameters I need but, I can't get it to insert it in the right place in the script section of the document so it works on playback. Having to post-publish edit my player settings is a real drag.



    If you do have any info, maybe start a new topic. Thanks.