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 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.

RunawayTrain Productions is an award winning video production company in Denver Colorado

RunawayTrain Productions is an award winning video production company in Denver Colorado that  handles all types for video assignments such as Motion Graphics, Animation, Corporate Marketing Videos, Corporate Training and Instruction videos and broadcast commercials for TV and Cable.

 Here are some of our award winning work:

7/22/09 // Emmy Win!
RunawayTrain’s Creative Director,  Brock Sherman won a Regional Emmy Award this past Saturday, for his work on The Western Dairy Association’s “Earth Caretakers” video. The same project also took a top prize in the National Telly Awards. Click the link below to check out the video!
Click here to see the video.
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04/21/09 // AJA Video Systems – NAB 2009
RunawayTrain has completed production on three high-definition videos for AJA Video Systems. The videos will be on display at the National Association of Broadcasters 2009 trade show.
Click here to see the videos and learn more about AJA.
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08/14/08 // 2008 Silver EMMA Award
Runawaytrain is a winner of a 2008 NAMIC Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Award (EMMA) for our work on the Bollywood Hits On Demand “Diwali Promo”.
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04/22/08 // The Train adds Blu-Ray DVD Authoring
Runawaytrain has just finished a Blu-Ray DVD project for the University of Colorado, our second Blu-Ray project in 2008.
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01/31/08 // 2008 N.Y. FESTIVAL WORLD SILVER MEDAL
RunawayTrain Productions  won a World Silver Award at this years 2008 NY Festival Film/Video Awards. Creative Director Brock Sherman, and Producer Natisha Walton, won for their work on the International Launch Campaign of the ARCHOS 605 Media Player. Check out a sample of the videos under the Film and Video category.
For more information on Archos click here
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11/09/06 // Bar Award
Maketing Arts & Science wins Best TV Commercial at the Home Builders Association annual marketing “Bar” awards. The spot was produced by RunawayTrain. View the Concert Homes commercial under the Design & Animation category.
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08/15/06 // P/SL Flash Presentations
RunawayTrain has completed production on two Flash presentations for Presbyterian/ St. Luke’s Medical Center. Working closely with P/SL’s Creative Director, George Abbott, RunawayTrain produced dynamic interactive web presentations for Bariatric Surgery and Choosing an OBGYN. Check them out under the Interactive & Web category.
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06/25/06 // Telly Awards
RunawayTrain has won a bronze Telly for International Channels marketing campaign, “What Are You Waiting For?” Shot on location in San Francisco, this hip piece was targeted towards young Asian Americans.  You can check it out under the Film & Video category.
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04/27/06 // Telly Awards
In a co-production with Moxie Media Group, the bronze Telly was awarded for PCL Construction’s North American Safety Video.  RunawayTrain Productions supplied project manager and producer, as well as graphics and animation. 
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04/27/06 // Golden Key Award
In a co-production with Short Sirkit Creative top honors were awarded for the Bell South MSOC Business to Business marketing video.  RunawayTrain Productions provided art direction, graphic design, animation, and edit for the video. The gold key award was presented in an awards dinner held on April 28, 2006.
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04/27/06 // Telly Awards
In a co-production with Moxie Media Group we took home the bronze Telly Award for Big O Tires holiday campaign.  RunawayTrain Productions supplied art direction, animation and edit for the commercial.  You can see the spot under Design & Animation on our website.
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