Aug 23, 2012
I'm completely serious.
Contrary to popular belief, not everybody on this planet is hearing. That means not everybody can hear [as well as hearing people can]. Like me. I am hard of hearing. I am nearly deaf in my right ear and half deaf or so in my left ear. No, I don't want your pity. I'm not looking for apologies. I don't mind being deaf at all.
But what I and what we want is to be able to enjoy things online like hearing people can. We want to be able to watch all these videos on YouTube without getting a headache after ten minutes of playing "guess what this person just said".
Lip reading is a bit of a joke IRL, FYI. We only understand about 30% of what you are saying when we attempt to read your lips.
How do you CC? Well, you can do it via YouTube Interactive Transcript or whatever it's called. No, we can't just click on that and let YouTube do the work. Have you seen what it thinks we are all saying? I click on one video about concealers and YouTube is telling me that the video is about zebras, not concealer. That's how ridiculous the system is. Or you can do what I (and xiaorishu) do which is adding the text via your video editing program. I don't care what it is. I've done it with Windows Movie Maker (mind you, it wasn't gorgeous, but it was readable) and now I'm doing it with Corel Video Pro X4. It's just like adding text when you make a title or give us the little price tag at the corner of your video. Or adding your username to the video trying to watermark it.
I see these girls and boys talking in a different language and translating that into English (like Julia/MissCheviouswhoever) but... what about not adding the English when you're speaking English? I've translated German, English, Korean, and Mandarin. Translating German, Korean, and Mandarin is a lot harder and takes more time than adding English on English.
Again, I'm deaf. Or hard of hearing, but deaf is shorter and easier to use with people. Anyway. My videos take about fifteen minutes to caption. [Of course, I sometimes get distracted by the TV or Facebook or Twitter OF COURSE TWITTER LOL so it may take longer.] And again, I'm DEAF. If I'm DEAF and it only takes FIFTEEN MINUTES to CC most of my videos and I had to try twice as hard to understand MYSELF, just imagine how much shorter it'd probably be for those of you that hear better than me, depending on the length of your video.
You don't need to add every single word. We don't need your "like", um", and uh". But we want to know whether or not this new NAKED foundation is worth trying. We want to know that you don't like this new MAC collection that just came out. We want to know what you're saying in your introduction and we want to know what inspired you to create this makeup tutorial or this outfit.
We're like you.
We're human beings.
Don't forget about us because we can't hear [very well].
Allow us to enjoy your videos and allow yourself to bring this entire new world and group of people that want to watch your videos but it's a darn struggle to do so sometimes.
And thank you.
There's your advice, tips, and tricks for today.
And the rest of your YouTube life.
Thank you for this! Accessibility benefits everyone.
Aug 24, 2012
The captions on youtube do work. You either have to upload your own transcript or you can create it on youtube. I was just starting to do captions on my tutorials, i was setting up my transcripts, they aren't complete yet, though. But do be warned it is time consuming. Like Rikki said, you don't have to do word for word but getting the times to line up is tedious.
1. Go to the video you wish to add captions to.
2. On the black bar at the top click the down arrow and click "captions"
3a. (if you have a pre-made transcript) click "upload caption file or transcript"
3b. (if you don't have a transcript) click "English *machine transcript*"
4. And from there fill in your captions for each time length.
5. Done and save.
I hope this helped anyone looking to caption their videos, and Rikki, don't worry, soon all of youtube will be captioned, properly! lol :D
I honestly haven't been able to edit my videos on windows live movie maker because it won't accept my videos no matter how hard I try.. Who I contact. So yes I'm definitely interested in captioning my videos just have never known how. I only just started YouTube August 1st, I'd love to have a channel where ALL could enjoy.. The editor on YouTube does not work do you say? Any other options? I use my iPhone4s at the moment to shoot, I have a point & shoot camera, I'll see if windows live maker can accept those videos. Thank you for this! xx
Windows Movie Maker will not accept files that are .MOV (because it's stupid). You have to convert your files to MPEG-II which you can do if you download AnyVideo Converter from Google. The subtitle option on WMM is under the Titles & Credits.
Interactive Transcript/Caption system from YouTube works, but YOU!, the person that uploads videos, has to do the captioning. You have to change the words. The "automatic" does not work. It's a complete joke. I honestly don't know why YT has this automatic crap and hasn't done anything to fix it in three years, tbh.
I just wanna give out candy to anybody that even CONSIDERS it. That makes me happy.
i was actually looking into this and trying to find ways to add text with out making it over powering in the video. Thanks for sharing and now I know there are different options to CC with
Aug 25, 2012
Hi Rikki, it was very interesting to read all these comments and I learned a lot:) I always do captions in English, wether I speak in Japanese or don't talk at all in a video. I do this because I think many people understand English. But now I have a reason more to add captures! xx
Aug 28, 2012
Wow, I never thought of this. I am now typing up all the captions to every video. Thank you for bringing this up. :)
Rikki P. I've been reading this thread since you posted it because I had a deaf aunt (she is no longer here with us) and I couldn't help but notice that you come off a bit angry in some of your responses towards peoples ideas or suggestions. I understand your side of the matter in regards to wanting CC video but you really can't be mad at those who refuse to post in CC. Some folks are just not technically savvy or have the patience to do so. If you really want to be heard by the powers that be at YT I suggest setting up a Change.org petition and spread the word that YT needs to make the CC option more user friendly so the deaf community can also enjoy the videos.
I've not been angry at any response, actually...
(Until now, possibly.)
And if/when I'm mad, I can be mad at certain rude and disrespect responses, which none of the responses on beautylish have been, but elswhere. If there's one thing we don't want, it's hearing people telling us we can't be mad at these things that we personally deal with every day, hahaha. I'm sorry, but please don't tell us not to be mad about something that is extremely important to us and something that we really need. Despite the fact that you had a deaf aunt, unless you yourself are deaf or hard of hearing, you won't understand or completely understand what it's like. They're not technical savvy? Well, that's why I'm telling them how they can do it and the other options there are. I'm helping. I'm teaching. They don't have the patience? Probably because they don't know how long it takes. All these comments telling me they had no idea CC could even exist or they just didn't think about it. I'm telling them how long it should take, so they might end up having some patience. Unfortunately, we've done the change.org petition route and it didn't change anything so now I'm making ourselves known elsewhere.
Hahahaha, KIRAKIRANAIL, that is exactly what I mean. It's crazy.
You're welcome & thank you!
Alex, just make the font size smaller and move it to the bottom of the video. I keep trying to make mine smaller but then they suddenly seem three times bigger once it's somewhere not on my video editing program. Damn it looking smaller on there, LOL! Like, you can put it at the bottom when you're focusing on the eyes and then maybe near the top when you're focusing on the lips so it's not in the way. I've been captioning for a month and still can't find a way I'm really happy with, but as long as I'm still in experimenting mode, it's okay as long as it's readable! Just no crazy cursive fonts! hahaha
If you look at xiaorishu's videos, you can get an idea of what she does with her captioning. It's extremely fancy, but yeah. You can just see where she places it and how big the font is, etc.
edit; now i just tweeted her asking what size she uses so i can stop fussing LOL
ugh i love you all i honestly wasn't expecting three nice comments lol from all the negative responses i've gotten from the more popular people i was expecting everybody else to be like lol no as well
YouTube caption system works, just not the automatic version.
I watched another video with it on and it was talking about crimes for three to four years and something about an old lady when it was a foundation routine.
YouTube, I don't understand you.
I dislike the system, the way it looks and how you work with it, either way. But it gets the job done so that's good. Video editing program is easier since you can fit a few lines and keep it in place for a few seconds so people can read it in time.
I agree with using the editing software but for people like Jacqueline who don't have the right files they can use the YT method.
I think this is an excellent idea and a very well written rant. I was loling at your sarcasm and you really presented yourself as a likable person. Unfortunately i do not have or know how to use the technology to caption my own youtube videos. I am relatively new to youtube and upload my videos directly from my crappy webcam. but i do plan to invest into better technology for my youtube channel as the funds become available and i would be more than willing to provide videos with captions for the hearing impaired. I will try out the youtube method.
Don't use "hearing impaired".
It's offensive to us.
Deaf and hard of hearing are appropriate.
Dana a few comments up has a mini explanation on how to do the captions via the interactive transcript since that'll be the thing to use when you upload straight from a webcam, so that's definitely something to consider practicing with for the time being.
I am sorry I did not know, i don't know any hard of hearing people in person so i am just not experianced. I did not mean to offend you.
I am hard of hearing, so i need closed caption when i can't hear or understand what is being said. YouTube has settings, so you can turn on closed caption on any video :-)
Haha, uh, Mary. I completely covered that already in the post. Automatic captioning from YouTube is a complete joke and does not get anything right. Maybe a few words here and there, but it's completely nonsensical! Unless the uploader is like feministfrequency or simonandmartina who upload captions files, it doesn't work the way it should.
oops, i meant most videos have CC but not all, i actually dont bother watching the video if i cant hear the person & my volume is already at max. I also use headphones which helps 95% of the time.
Rikki P. - i agree w/you, i couldnt stand the "umm" and "yea", LOL!!
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