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HTML HTML Video and Audio (Retired) Custom Media Players Polishing a Custom Skin

Alisa Trunczik
Alisa Trunczik
3,659 Points

How to style HTML video caption?

I've tried to change color of capture, but somehow it doesn't work. I've read about cues, but I guess here we need to deal with .mejs-captions-selector in mejs-treehouse.css:

.mejs-treehouse .mejs-controls {
  background: rgba(56, 64, 71, 0.98);
  height: 30px;

.mejs-treehouse .mejs-controls .mejs-button button {
  outline: none;

.mejs-treehouse .mejs-controls .mejs-captions-button {
  margin: 0 7px;

.mejs-treehouse .mejs-controls .mejs-captions-selector {
  background: rgba(100, 64, 71, 0.98);
  width: 100px;
  right: auto;

.mejs-treehouse .mejs-controls .mejs-time-rail {
  padding: 0;

.mejs-treehouse .mejs-controls .mejs-time-rail span {
  height: 100%;
  border-radius: 0px;

.mejs-treehouse .mejs-controls .mejs-time-rail .mejs-time-total,
.mejs-treehouse .mejs-controls .mejs-time-rail .mejs-time-loaded,
.mejs-treehouse .mejs-controls .mejs-time-rail .mejs-time-buffering,
.mejs-treehouse .mejs-controls .mejs-time-rail .mejs-time-handle {
  background: #2d3339;
  margin: 0;

.mejs-treehouse .mejs-controls .mejs-time-rail .mejs-time-current {
  background: #ff9900;

.mejs-container .mejs-controls .mejs-time-rail .mejs-time-total .mejs-time-float {
  border: none;
  background: none;
  text-shadow: 0px 1px 2px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8);
  font-family: Helvetica, Arial;
  font-size: 13px;
  color: #FFF;

Please, help me to understand how to change color of caption in our case.

1 Answer

Jenny Veens
Jenny Veens
10,896 Points

If you inspect the element in the browser, you'll see the element you want to target is:

.mejs-layers .mejs-captions-layer .mejs-captions-position .mejs-captions-text {
     color: #newcolor;
Alisa Trunczik
Alisa Trunczik
3,659 Points

Thank you so much, I managed it with inspection and now I finally understood!