Video [#6] - YouTube Captioning

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Funny how sometimes things come in waves. I had been reading recently about Google doing automated transcriptions of YouTube files... Then I got an email from a subscriber asking me for info on captioning a video for hearing impaired... then just this week Brad Andersohn mentioned captioning in YouTube in his most excellent video webinar on Zillow Academy, highly recommended - be sure and go check out his schedule. (but only after you first finish reading my post, of course!)

So that was enough,
I had to figure it out now!
So I did.

I recently did a screencast where I was demonstrating working with photos in your blog posts. I thought that since it had been online a little while, "I wonder if Google has transcribed it yet?" When you go into YouTube and then into My Videos and the Edit a specific video, you will see tabs across the top of the video page. One tab is labeled "Captions & Subtitles." On that page, you will be able to download a text file that is a .sbv type.

In this file, you will see blocks of text and each block will be headed by a pair of time codes. The pair of times is the h:m:s (hours, minutes, seconds) marker for start and stop. And it is such a good thing Google does all this time calculation for us! It would be time prohibitive task to tackle closed captioning on our own if we had to scrub though our videos and mark all these time codes out!! Now looking at the file again, notice that under the in/out time header the caption text to display is there. you can see below what this looks like.

To edit the .sbv file, simply drop it into a basic text editor (e.g. notepad for windows). What I did is then set up two windows stacked top and bottom - text editor window and video playback window. As I played back the video, I corrected a word here or there that Google bots transcribed wrong. In my case, they did a very good job probably at about 80% accurate. Accuracy will vary greatly on the audio quality and enunciation and pace of the speaker. In my corrections, I wasn't overly precise to make sure the transcript had every proper capitalization or punctuation. For minimalizing time on the task, I concentrated on the obvious corrections that affected meaning ("act of rain" to activerain, etc, some of the google bot guesses can be humorous)

Once you have corrected the text file, you go back to the YouTube page where you downloaded and you can upload it as a validated captions file that you wish to make available to your viewers.

Captioning accomplishes two important things and is thus worth your consideration for taking this extra step. (1) it helps the hearing impaired to be able to benefit from your content (2) it allows google to index the content of your video and is going to help you in video searches on a keyword topic that you are aiming to get ranked for (so it is thus important to consider target keywords when you are formulating your script for keyword density as you would a blog post)

There you have it. Captioning is easy enough to do and worth considering.

If you want to watch a sample of my captioning work, you can see my Screencast #1 now with captions. (tip: the red CC icon on the bottom of the video toggles captioning on/off)

This article is in my Video Series. You can use that link to catch up on the other articles in the series.

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Craig, do you know if after you use CC google will pick the words as tags and content? 

Mar 06, 2011 12:30 AM #36
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Chris - many will not find time to do it but I wanted to put it out there for those who want to leverage it!

Kate - sounds great

Leah - just book mark craig's catalog and you can come back to any topic you want in the future

Evelyn - is that my dual namesake? it's here whenever the brain cells are in high gear LOL :)

Phil - that's ok - I'm glad you were here to say hello anyway :)

Charita - thank you kind friend - I'm waiting as you say until someday...

Kim - great - thanks for commenting

Fernando - google does index the contents of a posted CC transcript - it shows up for sure on google video searches and we'll see how much it crosses over onto the main search page as google moves forward with this indexing of video transcript idea

Mar 06, 2011 01:17 AM #37
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Craig, I can see where this has a huge benefit for the hearing impaired. I also like where the viewer can translate the captions into several languages. I also checked out the "Interactive Transcript" button. Being able to copy the whole transcript may have have some utility. Good tutorial!

Mar 06, 2011 02:07 AM #38
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Great tip....I'll remind myself to do that on my next video...

Mar 06, 2011 03:15 AM #39
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Hmmm, more to add to my video to do list.  I noticed on my videos says video transcripts failed, i supposed I need to have no music in the background, duh

Mar 06, 2011 03:33 AM #40
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I didn't know that captioning was an option through YouTube. Thanks for the great information!

Mar 06, 2011 04:06 AM #41
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Michael - some good stuff hidden in those buttons when we explore! :)

Cory - sounds like a plan!

Markita - it is being mentioned to me music backgrounds are conflicting with transcription... my thought was to render a temp video to post [private post] where you mute the music background and then let youtube see if it can transcribe it better. When/if it does, then download and edit the text and upload the transcript to the original public video. If anyone actually tests this theory I'd like to hear the results!

Torgie - you are welcome!

Mar 06, 2011 04:33 AM #42
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Good Blog post! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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My next challenge is to get a video on one of my blogs.  I've come a long way over the past month or so but captioning is probably getting a little ahead of myself.  I'm going to save your blog to review when I get a little more blogging under my belt.  Great information and easy to follow instructions and graphics.  We have some wonderful talent on AR and everyone is great to be willing to share. Thanks for your post. It's people like you that make AR a great place to be.

Mar 06, 2011 05:44 PM #44
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J.A. - you're welcome!

Doug - get the video first of all figured out and the come back to CC sometime afterward - appreciate your kind words about the benefits of my blog posts for the AR community! :)

Mar 07, 2011 09:24 AM #45
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fabulous posts that are extremely helpful.  all the way through I was wondering "why do I care if youtube translates my videos who cares"  then you drove the "Aha" moment home.  Google is indexing the information for page rankings.  Now I get it. Great stuff!!! 

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Craig, i missed this one and although i read all of yours i am commenting here because this is a great one to do...i'll have to try & see if i get it right...many thanks ...our AR tech genie!

Mar 11, 2011 10:42 AM #47
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Craig  I will appreciate it if you critique the closed caption on this video.  Can I eliminate any of the scribblimg between words or is that necessary?  If so, how would I know what to eliminate?  Also, can the time be changed if the text doesn't line up with the video.  Finally, the audio on my intro which came from the camcorder was not translated - only the audio on the narration that I added as I was building the video    Prince William Recreation  Karen

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Mark - aha! :) thanks for commenting

Ginny - you're very welcome - always glad to see you here

Karen - I see your CC had a few issues, I'm looking into it to see what i might discover and will email you

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This is so phenomenally awesome Craig!!! Thank you.  One of my favorite videos said it failed in transcription :(  It sounds like it is that important that I redo the video to have my captioning understood.  Any ideas on the failed transcription besides redoing the video?  Thank you.

Mar 14, 2011 09:21 AM #50
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Christina - the youtube automatic transcription fails unfortunately a large percentage of the time and there is no further action or button to "retry" or to get more info - I'm sure google is working on improving this as many have similar experience. I believe they are using same/similar technologies in their google voice service so they continue to develop. Meanwhile, until it gets better, you might want to try typing out the transcript and upload it. The "caption file" option requires time codes and is harder to create. However, they have a "transcript file" (text only, no timecodes) that in my initial test it was right on for aligning the CC track to the video file I posted. Hope that helps.

Mar 14, 2011 09:59 AM #51
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Hi Craig... totally helps me.  I went to another video & played with it.  I corrected the transcript so awesome.  what program should I be opening that transcripted file in?  i did try to upload it as a .doc file (microsoft word) & also tried to upload as a rich text file.  Neither worked.  I even tried as you suggested to upload as a transcript file.  It isn't working.  Do you think it is because I am stuck on using internet explorer?  I never did see an .sbv file.  Thank you for helping me.  I think this would be cool if I could get it to work :)

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Christina - you need to keep the captions (transcripts) in "plain text" format. Which means you really want to edit in the notepad app (and not convert to doc format). I also like the free download app notepad++ which works nicely too (and actually seemed to work better with the downloaded transcript in showing the word wrap correctly). If you end up typing a transcript (i.e. without the time codes) save it in plain text as a .txt file name.

Mar 14, 2011 10:19 AM #53
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Thanks, Craig, for helping me with my uploading problem today.  When I downloaded the YouTube captions into notepad, the transcript was one long line of time stamps and words.  It wouldn't upload from the corrected notepad file.  After I pasted the notepad transcript into an email, then moved the words to a line below each corresponding time stamp and then pasted the revised transcript back into notepad to create a .txt file, it uploaded without a problem.  Then all I had to do was delete YouTube's machine transcription and I was in business.

I hope this helps anyone else who might have this problem.

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thanks Carol for checking in with your actual experience - I see what you mean about the notepad putting it into all one big long line of text

let me recommend notepad++ to everyone then - free app - 

it works much better and doesn't run everything together

http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

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