I’ve been asked about integrating Streamtext.net caption feed with a video feed.
My solution is to use an iframe for the video, and an iframe for the text .
Marvin Williams Preaching, displayed on a laptop with captions underneath the video
Since hosted wordpress doesn’t allow a good display of code, here’s the commented code
And the live version is here: (captioned only during the 9:40 est service)
I found a video converter that I’m pretty impressed with.
I have been using Handbrake, VLC, and odd assortments of command line ffmpeg to convert videos.
In the process of binging other methods, I found Freemake a (free) video converter which just hit 3.0, and added the ability to create HTML5 video. And HTML5 video with burned in subtitles that almost works!
(I can view the video on DroidX, iPhone, Chrome, and IE. For some reason Firefox is having trouble. VLC can read the ogv file.)
Simple User Interface
Summary: It did what I needed. Soft subtitles* would be nicer – but the fact that it handles them at all is cool.
* “Soft” subtitles, or soft subs, are subtitles applied at playback time from a subtitle datafile, either muxed directly into the video file (.mkv, .ogm, etc.), or in a separate file (.ssa, .srt, etc.).
(citation from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fansub)
I received a question about downloaded youtube videos with the captions included.
I’ve never downloaded them together, but here’s what I do:
1. Download the video, either through youtube links or I use “Video Download Helper” add on for Firefox.
2. Get the subtitles using the video id: ex. Tommy Interviews Yahoo
3. Play them with VLC and choose the subtitle file