Captioning Online Videos January 2008 Update

Nothing new has happened with regarding to captioning online or downloadable videos. I researched iPod captioning again to see if something had changed since the iTunes v7.4 comes with show captioning option as shown in iLounge.
However, I came across DiveintoMark’s entry on how to view his videoblogs with captions. Reviewing this — we have a problem. Too many options, too many different ways of doing things, no standards.
How can we expect iTunes to work as it depends on the video’s settings/codecs? A video may have captioning available for one media player, but not for iTunes and others.

At least Project readOn requires nothing but a browser and Flash to view its captioned videos. If you want to watch an episode of The Office, you’re outta luck as I am sure the service doesn’t have the licensing to caption TV shows.
Project readOn provides a wonderful service. Since it depends on requests for captioning videos — it can take time before we can see a popular video.
Frustration aside, this inspirational video from Lamar RichardsonI Am the Standard — requires no captions. A deaf woman appears around seven minutes into the video. I even enjoyed the music and appreciated its message.


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    • Tim Mesa on January 30, 2008 at 6:18 pm
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    Hi, I don’t know if you’ve looked at iTunes lately, but I’ve noticed that some movies have the CC symbol attached when you look at them in the browse screen.
    I haven’t really had a chance to rent or buy any of the movies, but you might want to take a look.

  1. not only that but in the …not very legal terms, someone told me about bit-torrent, and a place called pirate bay, downloadable movies in all formats, and you can get seprate subtitle files to add to each movie 🙂 handy… but of course… not the best way to go about it

  2. some movies with CC on iTunes can be purchase to own or rent. And test on iPhone show CC which is good readable. Check my video that display. 😉

    • Meryl on February 4, 2008 at 10:59 am
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    This video shows how to turn on captions on the iPhone courtesy Tecnocato.

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