How to Publish and Customize an Interactive Transcript to Make Your Videos Searchable

Updated: July 2, 2019

Want to make your videos searchable, interactive, and SEO-friendly? Then the interactive transcript is the perfect tool for you! In this article you will learn how to publish interactive transcripts and customize them with 3Play Media.

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What is the interactive transcript?

If you are not familiar with our interactive transcript, it is a time-synchronized transcript of a video that highlights as the words in the video are being spoken.

example of the interactive in use. person is searching for wcag as the video plays. in the search bar you see everywhere that wcag is mentioned

The interactive transcript has a search window that allows users to search for any word and see a timeline of where in the video that word is spoken. They can then jump directly to those points in the video by clicking on the timeline. The interactive transcript also allows users to scroll through the transcript, click any word, and jump directly to that point in the video.

How to publish interactive transcripts


With 3Play Media, it’s easy to publish an interactive transcript.

 Step 1 

Head over to your account system, and select the video you want to add an interactive transcript to.

 Step 2 

Under Publish, select <>Publish Plugin.

 Step 3 

First, under Video Settings, make sure your video has a Video Source (YouTube, Wistia, Brightcove, etc.) and Video ID. You’ll know everything is set up correctly from the preview on the left side.

 Step 4 

Under Plugin Features, check the box for Interactive Transcript.

snapshot of the account showing how to add the interactive transcript by checking a box
 Optional Step 5 

You can add different features to your interactive transcript like a downloadable button.

 Step 6 

Under Style Settings, you can adjust the player size and the skin color- dark or light.

 Step 7 

Once you are ready to publish, simply copy the embed code and paste it into to your web page’s HTML.

The benefits of interactive transcripts

do interactive transcripts help students? click to find out

There are many benefits to using an interactive transcript. An obvious benefit is in the case of education, where students can use interactive transcripts when they are studying to find a specific point in a video or lecture when they remember a professor talking about a relevant term (rather than having to watch the entire video to find that one specific part).

Interactive transcripts are also beneficial for SEO, user experience, and accessibility.

read next: how do you make your videos accessible, interactive and seo-friendly with just one embed code? discover the 3play plugin

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