March 22, 2017 § Leave a comment
DIY MEDIA CAPTIONING – CCAC INFORMATION – LAYPERSON GUIDE
Do It Yourself Media Captioning Training/Learning – For Videos (Not involving Steno or Voice Writing)
See also CCAC website, Resources main page, http://CCACaptioning.org/resources
CCAC member Claude A says: Captioning/subtitling tools are straightforward and don’t require any formal training, and they all work similarly: they offer you an interface for transcribing what you hear into reasonably short lengths, and set the time-codes for the beginning and the end of each chunk so that it will play as subtitle/caption on the video. However, they differ in little practical details, in particular in keyboard shortcuts that allow you to work faster. And so it’s good to try them out to see which you prefer.
CCAC member Chris M says: The first step is to make a good transcript. You can create a transcript “on the fly” with most tools but you’re still creating the transcript. Then using your tool of choice to make a subtitle file. The two prominent subtitle formats are SRT and VTT (also called WebVTT).
TRANSCRIPTION STYLE GUIDE by Michael Lockrey Version 1.0 / Oct 2015 (ML is also a CCAC member):
The standard workflow for captioning video assets always requires an accurate transcription as a
starting point. Captioning can be defined simply as the text equivalent of an audio track –
including spoken dialogue, music descriptions and/or lyrics and any other relevant sound
Here are some general rules for creating a good quality transcription.
SENTENCE CASE-Make sure your transcript is in sentence case. Proper punctuation and grammar ensures that the caption file can be semantically segmented to provide users with the best possible experience.
ELIMINATE DISFLUENCIES-Don’t transcribe disfluencies such as “um”, “ah” or “you know” unless they are relevant.
USE SPEAKER LABELS AND IDENTIFY OTHER RELEVANT SOUND EFFECTS-When multiple speakers are present in a video, they should be given a speaker label in the following format:
NAME OF SPEAKER:
Music descriptions should convey the type of music as far as practicable where there are no
identifiable lyrics.. e.g. (Ethereal singing) – example from the Mount Franklin water advertisement
Music lyrics should be provided where they’re relevant to the context of the video and are
e.g. ♪ Never gonna give you up ♪ ♪ Never gonna let you go ♪
Other relevant sound effects can be used to denote action or sound from the audio track that is
not spoken but is still necessary (and relevant) for captioning users. e.g. (Jennifer laughs) – example from the Mount Franklin water advertisement; (Lift bell dings) – example from the Mount Franklin water advertisement; (Cracking sound) – example from the Mount Franklin water advertisement
NO EXTRANEOUS TEXT – Make sure that your transcript does not contain any extraneous text that is not part of the audio track, unless it is properly identified as other relevant sound effects.
Next – the Workflow – Step by Step – with screen shots from Michael L also – go to: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WGO7X9vjnnG5BxzCJGkuN_FTxvBNOGOs5FZ7clKU4iA/edit
A public document, he welcomes your comments. Other questions, email CCACaptioning@gmail.com and we’ll put you in touch with him, or others in CCAC. See also ML’s service called http://nomorecraptions.com/ – let him know CCAC sent you! 🙂
Another flow chart here: http://www.diycaptions.com/help/DIYCaptionsSuggestedWorkflow.pdf and also other suggestions (from Mike R, another CCAC member): http://www.diycaptions.com/
FREE systems online for DIY: Check these and try one or more. Good basic training and info:
YouTube – video shows you how – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCZ-cxfxzvk
or https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2734796?hl=en and newest video and https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2734799?hl=en&ref_topic=3014331
Newer development from YT/Google is Crowd Captioning for video makers to turn on, then they and others create quality CC (we all hope) – read https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiEybiElXgk
Vimeo – also has video to teach you how to subtitle/caption – http://vimeo.com/help/faq/managing-your-videos/captions-and-subtitles#how-do-i-add-caption-and-subtitle-files-to-my-videos
Amara.org – also has support group online, http://support.amara.org/support/discussions
Aegisubs – http://www.aegisub.org/
http://subtitle-horse.com/ where you don’t need to create an ID
https://dotsub.com/ where you do have to create an ID, but where you
can also upload a video for subtitling.
2017- FACEBOOK also has a system now for you to add captioning to the videos you create and post there.
Check out https://www.facebook.com/help/261764017354370?helpref=faq_content
CCAC will consider offering a webinar on request, e.g. covering the following topics and more:
*Tips with getting started with YouTube,
*Using a tool like nomorecraptions.com to save time with pre-existing YouTube videos.
*Outsourcing transcripts, if you can’t do the transcript yourself it can be outsourced.
*Captioning guidelines. The same quality guidelines that are used for broadcast TV apply to everything else including internet and DVDs.
Two companies that can create the transcript for you (price per minute) – Syncwords and 3PlayMedia
Pepnet – http://www.pepnet.org/training/access-offline-captioning – check to see if offered to people out of USA
3PlayMedia.com is a company with free Captioning training webinars online, and e.g. this page: http://www.3playmedia.com/how-it-works/how-to-guides/captions-subtitles-facebook-video/?utm_content=buffer0c4d6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Udemy has at least two free courses on captioning. The one below has three hours of video.
The DCMP captioning key is an excellent resource.
CCAC member Jamie S. has suggested this link for more general captioning/subtitle information for internationals: http://expectedly.org/inclusivetech/subtitlingcaptioning-resources/
NOTE! FOR LIVE EVENT CAPTIONING (CART, STTR, VOICE WRITING, RE-SPEAKING) – CCAC has a different resource document, a work in progress. If you use it or find it helpful, please let us know: https://docs.google.com/document/d/144wc5uxvxjjnvB-akUcs3V1Sj15Q8PDKqbLP7IMYg8A/edit?usp=sharing
AND NOTE THIS! CCAC ADVOCATES FOR LIVE STREAMS ON FB AQND ALL OVER TO HAVE LIVE QUALITY CAPTIONING – GET IN TOUCH TO HELP US EDUCATE AND ADVOCATE EVEN MORE STRONGLY – YOUR VOICE COUNTS:
Note – If you publish this, please consider making a donation of any size to the CCAC, all volunteers. Use PayPal on any page of the CCAC website – go to http://CCACaptioning.org. Wherever you publish it, add a short note that CCAC welcomes new members, go to CCACaptioning.org/join/
February 28, 2017 Comments Off on CCAC on SOCIAL MEDIA
GREETINGS ALL WHO KNOW THE VALUE OF QUALITY CAPTIONING GLOBALLY,
February 26, 2017 Comments Off on Types of Live Captioning Internationally
Greetings all Captioning Users, Providers, and Many Others who know the value of access and inclusion,
Here’s a message I shared in two good groups today. I hope it’s of interest to you and comments welcome (discussion, questions, corrections, suggestions). It’s an international short summary.
Hello All –
February 14, 2017 Comments Off on Facebook Advocacy Continues! Join the Action Soon
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?
CCAC is Place 2 B 4 Captioning Advocacy – Join us soon.
February 8, 2017 Comments Off on Sharing a Caption Advocacy Letter
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
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.
Lauren E. Storck, Ph.D. (deafened)
CCACAPTIONING.ORG Official Non-Profit Citizen Captioning Advocates. CCAC Mission-Inclusion of Quality Captioning Universally.
Are you a CCAC member yet? Join today.
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.
IF WE ALL DO THIS, OUR VOICES WILL BE HEARD.
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!
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.
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.
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.
LET’S TALK CAPTIONING!