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Close Captioning

  1. 1. Closed Captions More Than Just Scrolling Text! Matt Monjan
  2. 2. What are Closed Captions? <ul><li>Closed captioning allows persons with hearing disabilities to have access to television programming by displaying the audio portion of a television program as text on the television screen. </li></ul>http://www.captions.org/index.cfm
  3. 3. And… <ul><li>Closed captioning provides a critical link to news, entertainment, and information for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. For individuals whose native language is not English, English language captions improve comprehension and fluency. Captions can also help improve literacy skills. </li></ul>http://www.captions.org/index.cfm
  4. 4. Opening up the Closed Captions <ul><li>To help hearing impaired students </li></ul><ul><li>To reach visual learners </li></ul><ul><li>To reach ELL students </li></ul><ul><li>To enrich a grammar lesson </li></ul><ul><li>To teach a vocabulary lesson </li></ul><ul><li>To work on predicting outcomes </li></ul>Why might we want to use CC in the classroom?
  5. 5. What types of video files work with CC? <ul><li>Windows Media Player files “.asf” are fully compatible with CC. These files can be streamed and/or downloaded </li></ul><ul><li>Mac users can install a Windows Media Player on their machines and Stream CC videos/segments and Download CC videos/segments. When downloading videos on a Mac, users should choose the .mov or QuickTime files </li></ul>
  6. 6. Are all of our videos/segments closed captioned? <ul><li>No, currently about 30% of the basic DE streaming is captioned and 19% of Plus is captioned </li></ul>It breaks down like this: Basic DE streaming = 1,149 full CC videos and 11, 729 CC video clips. Plus = 1,456 full CC videos and 16, 272 video clips
  7. 7. Finding Closed Captioned Titles Click on the Advanced Search Link Scroll down and place a check in the Include Only Closed Captioned Titles box
  8. 8. Turning CC files on <ul><li>Check the Enable Closed Captioning box in the Media Settings area </li></ul><ul><li>Set CC as the default in your My Preferences Area </li></ul>
  9. 9. Playing (streaming) on a PC or Mac <ul><li>On both of these machines, make sure that the Windows Media Player is installed and selected. Then place a checkmark in the Enable Closed Captioning box </li></ul>
  10. 10. Downloading CC videos and CC Files on a PC <ul><li>Create a CC folder </li></ul><ul><li>Find ANY video in DE streaming and download it into your Close Caption Folder </li></ul><ul><li>Right-Click on the blue download icon and either Save Target As (IE) or Save Link As (Firefox) </li></ul><ul><li>Right-Click on the CC icon and either Save Target As (IE) or Save Link As (Firefox) Save file in the same folder </li></ul>
  11. 11. Downloading CC videos and CC Files on a Mac <ul><li>Make sure that the Enable Closed Captioning box is checked and that the Windows Media Player option is selected. </li></ul><ul><li>Download the CC file of the clip you that wish to play later by holding down the Ctrl Key and clicking on CC icon </li></ul><ul><li>When prompted, choose Save to Disk and click OK . </li></ul><ul><li>Change DE streaming Media Settings to QuickTime </li></ul>
  12. 12. Downloading CC videos and CC Files on a Mac - continued <ul><li>Download the .MOV file of the clip that you wish to play by holding down the Ctrl Key and clicking on blue download icon </li></ul><ul><li>Once you have downloaded both files, put them in a folder on your desktop. </li></ul><ul><li>To play your video with closed captions, you will need an application called VLC. It is free. You can download VLC at http:// www.videolan.org/vlc / </li></ul><ul><li>Open VLC and select Open File… from the File menu. </li></ul><ul><li>Check Load subtitles file: and click Settings… </li></ul>
  13. 13. Downloading CC videos and CC Files on a Mac – last steps! <ul><li>Browse to the .smi file in the folder you created on your desktop, then click OK . </li></ul><ul><li>Browse to your .mov file in your folder you created on your desktop by clicking the Browse… icon, then click OK . </li></ul><ul><li>The video should begin playing with closed captions. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Note about Network Manager <ul><li>You can queue the CC file to download at the same time as the video but it is not necessary </li></ul><ul><ul><li>i.e. CC text files are can be downloaded at any time on both PC and Mac. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Playing CC videos full screen on a PC <ul><li>Open your Windows Media Player </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the word “Play” in the tool bar and scroll down to Lyrics, Captions, and Subtitles </li></ul><ul><li>Choose “On if Available </li></ul>Note: this only works on Windows Media Player 10 or higher
  16. 16. Playing CC videos full screen continued <ul><li>Click on the word “ Tools ” in the tool bar and choose “ Options ” </li></ul><ul><li>Place checkmarks next to: - “ Run script commands when present” -“ Show local captions when present ” (1 st and 4 th boxes) </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the Apply and OK buttons </li></ul>
  17. 17. Neat Trick – Enlarging Close Captioned Text <ul><li>Once the files are downloaded open up your CC folder </li></ul><ul><li>Right-click on the .smi file and open with a text editor like Notepad </li></ul><ul><li>Change the Font Size to 20 and/or color to red, yellow, etc.. </li></ul><ul><li>Change the actual text! “Sharks are top predators This trick is awesome…” </li></ul>
  18. 18. Before and After Shots of the CC Trick 10 pt 30 pt
  19. 19. CC Text That You Can Change and Play
  20. 20. Need a recap – check out the streaming A-Z blog (best blog in the blogosphere) <ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/5ledbo </li></ul>

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