Has Google Speech Recognition Come of Age?

closed caption on youTube

Automatic Closed Captioning

Until now, if you are hearing impaired or speak a foreign language, you’ve been cheated out on the nearly twenty hours of riveting viral video that is uploaded each minute to our beloved YouTube. Ok, maybe not all the content is that riveting, but credit Google for introducing state of the art technology so the hearing impaired and non-native language speakers can share in the magic of “The evolution of dance” and “Achmed the Dead Terrorist” videos….

“A core part of YouTube’s DNA is access to content,” said Hunter Walk, the product team lead for YouTube. “From day one, that’s what we were hoping to do with video.”

Denver Colorado’s RunawayTrain Productions is working with clients both public and private to integrate this new technology into new projects destined for YouTube. RunawayTrain not only believes this feature will allow videos to appeal more directly to foreign and hearing impaired audiences, but will give YouTube excellent data for searching videos and targeting ads to them. After all, a complete set of subtitles is the same as a transcript of the video. And you can upload subtitles for as many languages as you want.

For the viewers, most YouTube videos now include a “CC” button that, if pressed, will automatically generate the closed-captioning technology. Google’s speech-recognition technology processes the main audio track and generates the text on top of the video picture. As you can guess, this leading edge technology isn’t always perfect but it is a quantum step in communication, as well as a leg up for marketers.

Videos with captions display this small logo at the bottom of the player:  If a video includes captions, you can activate them by clicking the menu button located on the bottom right of the video player.

Adding captions to videos involves uploading a closed caption file using the “Captions and Subtitles” menu on the editing page. To add several captions to a video, you may have to upload multiple files. If you want to include foreign subtitles in multiple languages, upload a separate file for each language. There are over 120 languages to choose from and you can add any title you want for each caption.

Users can also edit and assist in the transcription. Any text editor can edit the machine transcription, Google executives said, and then re-upload it for others to use.

Check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/t/captions_about

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RunawayTrain Productions helps guests experience a piece of American history.

Homestead National Monument

Homestead National Monument

Homestead National Monument brings the epic homestead story of the American pioneer to life and demonstrates the true scope and importance of the Homestead Act of 1862 which allowed nearly any man or woman a chance to live the American dream of owning their own land.
RunawayTrain Productions in a partnership with CEAVCO Audio Visual in Denver, Colorado has been asked by the National Park Service to create an assistive listening guided tour for the Homestead National Monument in Homestead, Nebraska.

For several years, The National Park Service has been upgrading all the audio visual exhibits in the parks to enrich the visitor experience for guests with disabilities. Assistive listening systems are being installed to amplify program audio for the hearing impaired and most recently, audio description audio tracks are being added to the presentations themselves to enrich the experience for the site impaired. For almost a year, RunawayTrain Productions has been working with CEAVCO Audio Visual, the audio visual integrator, to add these audio options and convert the existing media to solid state digital playback systems.

When the National Park Service began renovating Homestead National Monument they realized that no such audio description tracks existed, so they called on RunawayTrain Productions to create one. “It sounds simple but it definitely comes with challenges” says Natisha Walton, Executive Producer and head writer on the project, “Writing for film and television focuses so much on complimenting the existing visual image. In audio description, you really have to imagine being visually impaired and maximizing your language to enrich the exhibit experience”.

The CEAVCO selected the Sennheiser GuidePort system which allows each guest wearing a receiver unit to hear a visual description based on a proximity trigger specific to the exhibit. Should the guest want to hear more detail, they may navigate to more content using buttons on the hand held receiver unit.

“It’s a great system, but it required us to flow chart the content in a much more interactive manner” says Walton. “Each of the exhibits became a bit of a jigsaw puzzle in how we designed the content flow. This project may have taken more time to produce than a conventional script, but the Park Service has been great, the content is fascinating, and at the end of the day, we feel like we may have helped someone less fortunate learn more about American History.

RunawayTrain Productions a Denver Colorado video company- writing, production and editing

RunawayTrain Productions specializes in the writing and production of commercials, marketing and sales materials, for print or television, industrial videos and corporate image campaigns as well as multi-media presentations such as flash and web-design, With the talent and ability to handle any project, simple or complex, our team has been entrusted by many organizations around the country to creatively and effectively craft messages that reach their target audience.

From digital video to HD, we have the capabilities to deliver your final product in traditional broadcast formats, to an array of non-broadcast electronic platforms.  Whatever your choice of communicating with your audience, we are fully capable to meet all of your multi-media needs.