In a previous post, I talked about the importance of adding captions to the videos that you create, in order for them to be accessible to deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
In that post, I mentioned that YouTube has come up with a new automatic captioning program by which it can automatically add captions to your video by transcribing the audio into text.
Here’s the problem – the Auto-Captioning program leaves something to be desired. While people might say that it is “better than nothing,” I like to think I deserve to be able to watch a video without scratching my head and trying to decipher incorrectly transcribed words.
please, Please, PLEASE folks! Don’t just settle for clicking the auto-captioning feature and leave it at that. Watch your video afterwards with the captioning. Determine for yourself if it’s truly satisfactory. The odds are you’re going to find that it has a couple of errors…especially if you are using specialized vocabulary, a lot of names, or if the sound isn’t totally clear.
You might think that it’s “good enough.” But should anyone have to settle for just “good enough” when there is a way to make it even better?
I strongly recommend that anyone who wants to add captioning to their YouTube video please consider downloading an actual transcript of the audio track on your video, and then request Auto Timing when downloading their video to YouTube. This will allow YouTube to use your transcript as the basis for captioning your video – the auto timing feature will allow for the words of the transcript to be inserted into the video at the proper time based on the audio the program “hears.”
All you have to do is listen to your video and type up a simple transcript of what is said. You do not need to include time codes or frame numbers. You are not manually inserting captions into the video frame by frame. YouTube’s automatic timing program takes care of all of this for you. Just type up the lines of the videos – similar to typing up a simple script for a play or the like. Save this transcript to a file (such as a Word document) and then download the transcript file to YouTube’s auto timing captioning program. YouTube will do all the rest – inserting the words from your transcript document into the video at the proper time, utilizing proper vocabulary that is spelled correctly.
It’s really not that difficult folks…nor is it that time consuming – especially since you’re not manually inserting or typing up the captions frame by frame.
And it will make a world of difference to people like myself. It will open up so many more opportunities for us to when it comes to internet videos.
Why not give it a try?
Need more information on how to do this? Just watch this video!
PLEASE NOTE: There are many different programs which can create captions and text for videos, podcasts, etc. This just happens to be one of them. In my next post (see the link up at the top of this page) I discuss another captioning option that is pretty quick and easy. If you know of others that you’ve used and liked, drop me a line and let me know…and I will pass the info on to my readership. Thanks!