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Video Captioning

I just love this business because you just never know who is checking out your stuff and what will come sliding over the email transom. Having just finished a book for friendsofEd on the subject of Web Video and been out yacking it up, I have obviously, been exploring the “cool stuff” you can do with web video. Then the following email arrives:

“I love your books and tutorials! They are very well explained. I have a question. Have you done any tutorials on how to add captions to videos? For example, there is CC button in your “Talking Head Video” box. I would love to learn how to write CC for that. I am deaf and would strongly advocate for all websites that have videos to have captions but that wont happen right away due to $ and timing. I will be making a small “Talking Head” video introducing myself in sign language but I want to have captions for hearing people to know what I am saying 🙂 ”
This sort of stuck my feet back on the ground because it told me that in our “quest for cool” there are a whole bunch of people who would like to share in the fun.

To answer the question, “Yes it can be done using CuePoints in Flash Professional 8.” The trick is to use an XML document to hold the times for the cue points and the captions. In this example I used a “Tom The Talking Head” clip as the video. I opened it up in QuickTime and jotted down my “words of wisdom” and their respective start points. From there I created a simple XML document in Dreamweaver and saved to to the folder used in this project. The XML is:

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