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https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/blog/community-captioning-magic
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A laudable goal and clever way to get it done by Vanishing Inc. Unless you're a very skilled transcriptionist, I'd advise doing this for altruistic rather than remunerative reasons. It can take a long time to caption even a relatively short video.
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A laudable goal and clever way to get it done by Vanishing Inc. Unless you're a very skilled transcriptionist, I'd advise doing this for altruistic rather than remunerative reasons. It can take a long time to caption even a relatively short video.


As one who wears hearing aids -- I find closed-captioning to be very useful, so for that reason I decided to try doing this. Sort of a pay it forward kind of thing... because as you pointed out -- this is painful to do!

I wonder how many that begin will finish.

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After trying my first one, I searched online to see what a reasonable time allowance for transcription would be and found 4-5 times as long as the thing being transcribed is the standard for some people who do this professionally.

If I'd been able to manage that, my 18 minute video would have taken me about 90 minutes instead of several hours!

Maybe I'll improve? Stranger things have happened.
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Wonder if there are any certified court reporters out there whose hobby is magic?! They could rake in the goodies!

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There is a shortcut for some of this that I used to use a lot as an anthropologist with a lot of interviews to transcribe. You can upload an audio file to an automated transcription service and get a transcription for about 10 cents a minute. There will be lots and lots of mistakes. But, at least, after that, your job is correcting the transcription rather than doing it from scratch. Personally, I found that much quicker. Of course, then you have to spend something.
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I decided (for me), the best thing would be to open a text editor and just transcribe the thing first, and then put it into the tool... rather than trying to do it all at once.

That way I can go back a couple seconds and edit what I've typed.

It's definitely not easy, but I think it's a great idea they had.

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I decided (for me), the best thing would be to open a text editor and just transcribe the thing first, and then put it into the tool... rather than trying to do it all at once.


I'll be curious to hear how that works, Dave. I've been doing everything from within the captioning tool they pointed us toward but am sure there are many approaches being tried.
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Chris -- I've got about another 7 minutes of transcription to do.. but I chose to go this route to make corrections easier (and typos)

My plan is to play the video and read along with my notes, adjusting as necessary then hit the program.

I've  been entering this stuff in short sentences keeping in mind what it's for so I don't have to split sentences or something when I start entering.

My hope is to be able to use hot keys to go back and forth, and just copy/paste the text appropriately

At least that's my plan -- and you know how plans sometimes go 😉

I am glad that what I'm doing isn't longer than 26min...lol

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This is great!
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I'll be curious to hear how that works, Dave. I've been doing everything from within the captioning tool they pointed us toward but am sure there are many approaches being tried.


Chris --

I'm 10 minutes into this 26 minute video entering things into the tool.

It took me a long while to get used to using the tool and adjusting timing when things weren't right

I think having it transcribed ahead of time helped me... I was able to do a complete play-through tweaking and fixing typos before hitting the tool. And now with the tool on one monitor and the text on another I can copy/paste pretty easily, although hitting the right spot is sometimes a trick.

I'm probably slow, but I think I'm producing a good CC track for them.

I'm doing a John Guastaferro 2-trick set and he consistently is between 150 and 200 WPM, sometimes more -- so 26 minutes is a LOT of CC 😉

Not sorry a bit that I'm doing this, and if they still have stuff when I'm done, I'll tackle another.



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Thanks for the update, Dave. It sounds like you're producing an exemplary track for them.

I bet learning all the relevant keyboard shortcuts within the tool would speed things up, but I haven't done it yet.

My perception of how quickly various performers speak factored into my decisions about which downloads I could attempt without hurting myself. [wink]
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