Facebook Advocacy Continues! Join the Action Soon

February 14, 2017 § Leave a comment

YOU KNOW THAT THE CCAC started new advocacy for Facebook videos a few weeks ago.

We have a right to EQUAL COMMUNICATION ACCESS.

When there are no quality captions on social media videos, that’s not right. We’re left out, ignored, and dis-respected. Quality CC vital.

Now there are so many more LIVE STREAMS – LIVE VIDEOS on Facebook also. See our recent blogposts here about this too.

Today CCAC member have begun to send FB this message, directly to Facebook Accessibility teams, using this link: https://www.facebook.com/help/accessibility

Take two minutes soon to use that link to send your message for this vital captioning advocacy, something like this please:

“There are 48 million of us in the US with significant hearing loss who could understand Facebook a lot better with live captions. Automatic and other poor captions are referred to as “craptions.” They’re often unintelligible. LIVE VIDEOS ON FB NEEDS LIVE CAPTIONING and ALL VIDEOS ON FB NEED QUALITY CC. Thank you Facebook.”

Many more organizations and others are putting LIVE videos on FB. We want to participate. Don’t leave us out! Live streams with live captioning needed!

Will you help?

Any questions?

CCACaptioning@gmail.com

http://CCACaptioning.org

CCAC is Place 2 B 4 Captioning Advocacy – Join us soon.

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Sharing a Caption Advocacy Letter

February 8, 2017 Comments Off on Sharing a Caption Advocacy Letter

Hi Everyone,

We get all sorts of questions regularly – all sorts! Related to captioning (most of them).

Aiming to answer very quickly to all – to encourage good interest in Captioning Inclusion for all – media and live events – we share one among many replies sent from the CCAC. They genuinely wanted to learn more, and they quickly said thanks :-).

Hope the below is helpful for YOUR own captioning advocacy. Please let us know.

What do we do? CCAC advocates, educates, raises awareness…repeat…repeat…repeat!

The Inquiry: — asked CCAC if there is free captioning (for meetings). It came from the director of a state department …in one of the USA states. (I removed names below).

First their reply today:

Thank you so much for this information, this is very helpful!

And my reply to her two days ago when the query came in on email:

 

Subject: Re: Need help with captioning meetings

Hello xxxx,

Thanks for your email and interest in all this.

 

Live Event Captioning is a great idea for your group. Unless the person prefers SL only; and that is up to her/him.

 

There is no free captioning that we know of. There are all sorts of options – a local CART provider, someone on contract to be on call for any/all meetings, a negotiated contract, or a remote provider if your place has good audio and Internet.

 

Equal communication access should be in the budget from day one. We hope you are quickly successful.

 

I believe the (your state) area has a good department for the deaf/hoh or a commission. Talk to them also. They may provide for you?

 

Live Event Captioning (CART) not only serves a deaf or hard of hearing person. One in 5 people on average, all ages, has a hearing loss. So in your group there may be “hidden” hearing loss in a few others Captioning also serves many others (with tinnitus, language or attention differences, autism, and more). Yet on top of all this, you’d also have a ready transcript (minutes) for everyone (to be discussed with the provider).

 

By the way, lip reading gives most of us only 35% of any conversation. Some folks who are born deaf and SLusers do better.

 

Cost depends on so many things – how many hours per week? per month? The nature of the discussion (many technical terms or fairly routine). Find a provider and start talking to them to learn more.

 

CCAC is not a captioning company.

 

We do also have a service called CaptionMatch.com where you can place a request to find a provider and get proposals, only after you know there are funds to pay for it.

 

Machine systems – someone talking into Dragon for example, can be tried but not only are these often not accurate, they fall apart in group conversations as far as our experience goes.

 

Where did you hear about the CCAC? Is some of this helpful for you?

 

Keep trying please – everyone, especially those wanting to work and contribute, should have the resources they need for “equal communication access.”

 

Let us know how it goes.

Regards,

Lauren E. Storck, Ph.D. (deafened)

CCAC president

 

CCACAPTIONING.ORG Official Non-Profit Citizen Captioning Advocates. CCAC Mission-Inclusion of Quality Captioning Universally.

twitter.com/CCACaptioningwww.facebook.com/ccac.captioningwww.youtube.com/user/CCACORG/videoswww.amazon.com/Dont-Have-Deaf-Love-Captioning/dp/1515135799

Are you a CCAC member yet? Join today.

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FACEBOOK HEAR THIS:DON’T LEAVE US OUT!

February 4, 2017 Comments Off on FACEBOOK HEAR THIS:DON’T LEAVE US OUT!

CAPTIONING ADVOCATES – YOUR MESSAGE TO FACEBOOK NOW IS NEEDED AND IMPORTANT – WILL YOU HELP?

LIVE STREAMS ON FB MUST HAVE QUALITY LIVE CAPTIONING – NOW!

TWEET: @fbaccess and @facebook

On your own FB page ab- go to settings, go down to bottom three ways to send them a message – Help, Support, and Report a Problem

Do you know more ways to contact FB? Tell us please.

If you don’t help with this, well, maybe you are part of the problem. We must ASK for equal communication access, all of us. Any questions?

Let us know your activity.

Providers reading? Keep in touch and let us know if you are doing LIVE STREAM CAPTIONING on social media or anyplace else on the Internet. We know you are. Please participate and help consumers advocate – your support is valuable for us, as always.

CCACAPTIONING@GMAILCOM

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IF WE ALL DO THIS, OUR VOICES WILL BE HEARD.

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PLEASE TELL OTHERS TO HELP. YOUR LOCAL HEARING LOSS OR DEAF GROUP, YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

WE DON’T WANT TO WAIT ANY LONGER. YES, THEY CAN DO IT NOW. FACEBOOK, LIKE YOUTUBE/GOOGLE, SHOULD PUSH ALL LIVE STREAMERS TO INCLUDE SPEECH TO TEXT.

DON’T LEAVE US OUT! CAPTIONING IS OUR LANGUAGE TOO!

 

 

 

 

HEAR THIS FACEBOOK: LIVE STREAMS NEED QUALITY CAPTIONING

February 2, 2017 Comments Off on HEAR THIS FACEBOOK: LIVE STREAMS NEED QUALITY CAPTIONING

DEAR CCAC BLOG READERS ALL,

PLEASE JOIN THIS ADVOCACY. All of you Users/consumers of captioning, all providers, all disability advocates, and others who know how important equal access is.

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Please volunteer soon!

CCAC making progress on learning more and advocacy for LIVE CAPTIONS FOR LIVE STREAMED EVENTS, e.g. on FACEBOOK. Step by step! Many more of you needed to help please.

Seems that even FB may not be aware that there are several CAPTIONED STREAMS now. We have yet to see one, but now we are in touch with two captioning providers who are kindly getting more information for us all.

Stay tuned. It’s about equality! Captioning is our access, our language.

Hope many of you will help in this advocacy – on FB, twitter, and many other places. Please tell us what and where you are advocating soon. We’ll join you there too!

Member of the CCAC yet? Join today. If not, we want your advocacy with us anyway

Get in touch here or via email to CCACaptioning@gmail.com

Join via http://CCACAPTIONING.ORG/join

What hashtag to use on FB?  Tweet to @fbaccess and @facebook for now.

How about #@fblivecaptionsnow

or your suggestion?

CAPTIONING USERS: three ways to contact FB from your own FB page – go to settings and then bottom has Help, Support, and Report Problem. Follow steps of all to ask for “Live Captions on Live Streams on FB Now!” Thanks if you do.

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There are MANY live webcasts now, live events all over the Internet. There is no LAW yet that says Internet events and information and communications must be accessible. Many good captioning providers are using many good systems to figure out and deliver quality captioning LIVE. This is what we need, mega millions of us globally. If you know more about any of this, if you are a provider or consumer, please tell us more here or email.

CAPTIONING COMMUNICATES.

LET’S ADVOCATE!

LET’S TALK CAPTIONING!

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FACEBOOK STREAMS ALL NEED CAPTIONS – NOW

January 28, 2017 Comments Off on FACEBOOK STREAMS ALL NEED CAPTIONS – NOW

SOCIAL MEDIA IS SO IMPORTANT TO THE WORLD – FOR ALL OF US.

Social media online are where we read the NEWS, every day. They are how we keep in touch with  family and friends. It’s where most of us as citizens of any country want to learn more, think with others, and share information.

Information and communication is vital for healthy living. And with communication, good relationships get better.

FACEBOOK is one of the world’s most popular news media now. It also has a lot of entertainment. It also has educational events.

Yet the many videos and LIVE STREAMS now online, on Facebook and other places, mostly lack QUALITY CAPTIONING.

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WHY CAPTION? There are so many good reasons. Only a few of them we’ll list again here:

1. Captions allow people to watch the stream or video even in quiet places, even in noisy places, even at work.

2. Millions and millions require captioning to have “equal communication access” and be included in all societies. Why? They don’t hear well, they are deaf, or they have one of many other conditions where reading captioning helps hugely (e.g. tinnitus, auditory processing differences, autism, more).

3. In the USA alone, there are about 50 million good people with hearing loss or deafness now. Good research suggests hearing loss affects one in five people everywhere, of all ages.

4. Facebook does have a system for anyone to add captioning to their videos. People must be encouraged (even required some of us say) to use it.

5. For Live Streams online, does Facebook make it easy? We need to find out soon! We are told by one provider that it’s as simple as using Streamtext online. If you have more info, please send it to us soon.

6. With captioning for any live streaming, you will have a ready record of the event for yourself and many others.

Yes, it costs some money for live captioning.  We’re all worth it. Your audience will grow, and you are worth it too. It’s not going to break any bank.

Just do it.

Here is a general information page from FB for live streaming. No mention of live captioning.

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CCACAPTIONING.ORG has more information. Look under the Advocacy tag and read down. Send us your questions and comments please.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another Caption Technology of Interest

January 27, 2017 Comments Off on Another Caption Technology of Interest

A few CCAC members seem very interested in this update also – hope it may help some reading here? If it does, please DO tell us – we really appreciate feedback.

See: https://www.maketecheasier.com/download-movie-subtitles-linux

What do you think? The title of this post says “another” because there is another good post here about how to do captioning – can you find it? We hope so.

PLEASE TELL OTHERS ABOUT THIS CCAC BLOG. TELL THEM TO SUBSCRIBE ALSO.

CCAC – PLACE TO BE FOR CAPTIONING ADVOCACY

WHAT DO WE DO?

WE ADVOCATE, EDUCATE, AND RAISE AWARENESS – JOIN THE CCAC SOON.

This is how we feel when we find QUALITY CAPTIONING on media and for a live event we would love to attend:

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Any questions?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To: Create and Hard Code Subtitles

January 25, 2017 Comments Off on How To: Create and Hard Code Subtitles

FROM ANDREA D, active CCAC provider member:
1. Free program called Video to Video burns in the subtitles during the conversion process.

2. My workflow, from unsubtitled video to final hardsubbed video, assuming I’m doing all the steps myself (and not outsourcing to get a .srt file) is:
  1. Create/obtain a transcript
  2. “Chunk” the transcript into individual subtitle screens, breaking lines at logical points
  3. Upload the video to YouTube (set to “private” since I don’t actually want people watching it)
  4. Upload the transcript to YouTube and let it run the autotiming
  5. Download the autotimed subtitles in .srt format
  6. Open the video and .srt file in Aegisub
  7. Save the .srt file as an .ass file — this step is IMPORTANT because .ass supports a lot more formatting options than .srt
  8. Go through the video with subtitles and correct any timing or transcription errors, and add any formatting (mostly adding italics or moving the subtitles around on the screen so they don’t cover up important on-screen information)
  9. Convert the video to a subtitled video using Video to Video — you just load the video, tell it the output format, tell it what subtitle file to use, and it does the rest.
As far as the details of Aegisub, I learned most of what I do through trial and error. And http://docs.aegisub.org/manual/Editing_Subtitles#Supported_formats is a pretty good overview of some of the basics. I don’t use 99% of the features in Aegisub (it does things like karaoke timing and fancy animated subtitles for animé and translation), but for what I do… it works well. I use styles for position on screen, and to specify subtitle font and color options. I personally prefer yellow subtitles on a semi-transparent black box, like this:
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Hope this is all helpful!
-Andrea Dietrich
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Great question on this topic and related * came into the CCAC Members’ forum the other day and there is additional input in the forum. Are you a CCAC member yet? You are invited now. CCACaptioning.org/join/ and email if you have any questions.
*…interested in learning some of the diverse approaches, software, etc., that people use to rip captions from videos for analysis, revision, experimentation, research, critique, etc.

and also asked for input re two closed captioning products for post-production captions.

1. EEG’s FilePro Scribe https://eegent.com/products
2. Telestream’s MacCaption or CaptionMake
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REPEAT!
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