You Tube and CBS: Full Length videos, without the captions.

You Tube begins full length tv shows – sans captions.

MacGyver – Love MacGyver:

No Captions. (I am not sure the embed works either)

Go here to Jamie Berke’s article for some ways to contact them, and put your comment on the youtube blog article.

The Article:

Hungry for more? YouTube now serving full-length TV dinners

We are starting to test full-length programming on YouTube, beginning with some fan favorites requested by you. Let’s see if you know your full-length TV …

You asked to be beamed up with Scotty, to devise a world-saving weapon using only gum and paperclips, and to get your grub on at “The Peach Pit”. So we’re giving you full-length episodes of these shows and many others.

These shows will be available in the new Theater View style we rolled out earlier this week, which provides optimal experience for watching full-length programming on your computer. Our new full-length format, in conjunction with the launch of our new player, marks an exciting milestone for YouTube as we continue our efforts to expand user choice and improve viewer experience.

YouTube Captions are “native” now

As you may have already heard by now, YouTube has CC now.

This is welcome, and long overdue.
It will accept .srt captions that Overstream creates, so your captions that you have already created can be imported, and used immediately.

But you can only add captions to your own video. This is a big limitation, because I don’t have rights to much of the material that could be captioned, to upload it myself. Digital Millennium Act and such.

So, you can request captions from the authors, and if I caption a video, I can offer it to them to add to their video –

Here’s a couple samples:
Emotiv Press Release (I don’t have the “rights” but I don’t think they’d object)

Hallmark Sweet Nothing in My Ear Trailer: (I asked for permission, when they didn’t have enough time to get their trailer captioned)


For some reason, my Firefox won’t display them properly, but IE will. Possibly a flash version thing?
My WordPress embeds did not display captions.

Playing with Captioned Video Search

Hey, since it’s tough to find what videos have closed captions, I have started up couple of different search ideas to look for stuff at sites that provide captioned video.

My Search: is a homegrown idea, that pulls the results from different sites search functions. This will be flexible, in that I can use vodpod to save videos that are not on the main sites, and add them to the results, and I will be able to add a separate database to list other video links, such as hulu videos that have captioning, link by link. I should also be able to customize the searches, so that I can check sites like Google Video that include the ability to search by whether the video has captioning.

Google Search This is a custom Google search, limiting the search to sites with known caption density, such as TubeCaption, Overstream, and Project ReadOn.

It seems like started to do this, but never really got it working well. At least I never got any satisfying results.

Let me know what you think!

If anyone has some experience, I would like to see about modifying this greasemonkey script for Firefox, to look for captioned version of the YouTube videos, instead of lyrics.