Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Adding Closed Captions to Facebook Movies

Did you know that Facebook supports closed captioning? Here's how to do it.

First, you will need to create your captions using MovieCaptioner or some other software. Export as SRT, the same caption format that YouTube uses.

Once you have your caption file ready, upload your movie to Facebook by clicking the Add Photos/Video link on your status.

upload photos/video link

Click the blue Post button. Your video will begin to upload. After your video is done uploading, you should get a "Processing" alert that will give you the option to Edit your movie.

Processing video alert window

Click the Edit Video button. It will take you to this page where you can set the description, privacy, date, and other information associated with your video.

Video Edit page

If you didn't see the Processing alert, you can always click the Options menu on your video's page and select Edit this video from there.

Alternate way to get to the Edit this video page

Scroll down to where it says Captions on the Edit page. Note the naming convention you'll need to use for your SRT file. Mine says to use "filename.en_US.srt", so I had to add ".en_US" before the ".srt" on my file prior to uploading it. If you don't use that naming convention, you may get an error when you save it. That happened to me before I noticed that I needed to change the name.

SRT upload button. Caption files must use this naming convention.

Click the button to upload your SRT file, then click the Save button at the bottom of the page and you're done! Now if the captions are not appearing when you play the movie,  just click the little cog wheel icon on the video's playbar and check the Captions option.

video playbar with Captions selected
If you need an easy way to create SRT files for Facebook videos, give MovieCaptioner a try. You can download the fully functional demo to use for 14 days from http://www.synchrimedia.com/downloads.html.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Extracting QT Text Tracks From Movies to Create Different Caption Formats

Do you have a QuickTime movie that has a text track, but you need to somehow get the captions out to create another format, such as SRT for YouTube or SCC for broadcast TV or iOS devices? Today's your lucky day. I'll show you how easy it is to repurpose QT Text tracks from movies.

First of all, you'll need QuickTime Pro, which is a $30 upgrade to the QuickTime 7 Player from Apple.

Open your movie that has the text tracks in it and go to the Window menu and select Show Movie Properties.


In the Movie Properties window, select your text track (this one has 2 - one is French and one is English) and then click the Extract button.


It will extract the text track into a new movie. Kind of weird to have a movie that is nothing but text, but that's okay.


Now we're going to export this movie from QuickTime Pro.


Choose Text to Text from the pulldown menu. I've named the new file "french.txt".


Once it exports, you'll have a QT Text file that looks something like this.


Now, before we import this file into MovieCaptioner, we're going to first save it as Unicode (UTF-8) encoding. This will fix any unsupported characters like characters with accents (a lot of them in my French file), smart quotes, curly apostrophes, ellipses, em-dashes, en-dashes, and probably a few others I'm forgetting about. This is particularly important if you intend to create SCC captions. They can sure throw a monkey wrench into the works!


Now open up a new project in MovieCaptioner, load your movie and save your project, then go to the Import menu and select QT Text as the import option.


It will pull in all the captions and the associated timecode that goes along with each one. Be sure to set your Frames Per Second (FPS) in MovieCaptioner. It's right between the movie and the caption list. Clicking on that will open the Preferences window where you can select your frame rate. 

(click the image for a larger view)

Once you have everything set you can choose from one of the many exports from MovieCaptioner including for YouTube, SCC (for broadcast, DVDs, and iOS devices), and many Web players.



Please give MovieCaptioner a try. You can download a free, fully-functional demo that is good for 14 days from http://www.synchrimedia.com. Please view the tutorial videos there to see how easy it is to be up and running with MovieCaptioner in a few minutes.

Good luck with your captioning projects!







Monday, February 1, 2016

How to Add Captions to YouTube Videos

It's really simple to add captions to your YouTube videos. If you're using MovieCaptioner, just use the YouTube export option...


This will create a text file with a ".srt" file extension, which you would upload to YouTube after you've uploaded your movie. Just click the CC button under your movie...

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Then choose Add new subtitles or CC...Inline image 2

Select Upload a file...

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Choose Subtitles file and find your SRT file that you exported from MovieCaptioner, then click Upload.

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After the SRT file uploads, you'll see the captions on the right-hand side of the screen. Just scroll to the bottom and click the Publish button and you're done. Pretty simple. 

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It will tell you your captions were published... 
Now all you need to do is click the CC button on the playbar of your movie and enable your captions. 

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Please give MovieCaptioner a try. You can download a free, fully-functional demo that is good for 14 days from http://www.synchrimedia.com. Please view the tutorial videos there to see how easy it is to be up and running with MovieCaptioner in a few minutes.

Good luck with your captioning projects!