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Is there caption for the hearing impaired available on online videos?

Asked by flo (7462 points ) October 5th, 2011

For the hearing impaired or for when the sound is out of order on the computer. I read about clicking the “up” on youtube videos but I haven’t found it.

I just found this but where is the “up” that we can click http://deafness.about.com/cs/accessibility/a/webvideocc.htm
Automatic Captioning
In late 2009, Google introduced automatic captioning for YouTube. All a video creator had to do was upload the script text, and Google’s technology would automatically create the captions. Viewers could see these captions by clicking the “up” arrow in the YouTube video screen, which displayed a cc option.

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XOIIO's avatar

Only if the person has it enabled/or puts closed captioning in.

flo's avatar

@XOIIO why isn’t it just available for whoever needs without anyone having to “upload the script text”, just like the TVs have it?

XOIIO's avatar

Because its complicated. Could you make a program that accurately takes audio and turns it into subtitles instantly? Its incredibly hard, as it is the ones on TV stations are glitchy as hell.

flo's avatar

@XOIIO Wasn’t TV caption invented long ago ? I haven’t found the TV caption glitchty. Besides I thought the digital technology is making life a ton times easier. That sounds like one of the basic things.

XOIIO's avatar

Yes, it was created a long time ago, but it always has extra carachters, bad punctuation, and other problems. Now digital media is compressed extremely, instead of played back eal time off a tape, so its not feasable to translate it instantly like that, it would be expensive to run the servers that a new software would have to run on. Its up to the people to include subtitles if they want to. If it’s such a big deal, why don’t you pay someone 20 bucks an hour or more to do this?

jrpowell's avatar

TV captioning is actually done by a person. Watch a live sports event and you will see tons of errors.

I worked at a tv station.

XOIIO's avatar

Of course you worked at a TV station lol

I mean, if they want their media to have subtitles then pay someone to make the subtitles, i already specified that its automatic

flo's avatar

The captioning for live events is (eidted) glitchy, you’re right. But most of whatever is not live, esp. the commercials are perfect, in my TV viewing experience.

digital media is compressed extremely, instead of played back eal time off a tape, so its not feasable to translate it instantly like that, it would be expensive to run the servers that a new software would have to run on. maybe that is the case now, but doesn’t mean it is will always be that way right, @XOIIO? It is a question of making it happen. The technology is there, it is a question of making it a basic feature, just like deaf peolpe don’t have to spend extra or do anything else extra to have it on TV. It is a question of handicapped people being second class citizens. And other than for the deaf, there are occasions where it is needed. Not everything is about money, I don’t think.

XOIIO's avatar

No, eventally there will be a way to do it with everything.

flo's avatar

Thanks @XOIIO.

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