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Even more about captioning video

video tapeI’ve been doing more homework about captioning YouTube video and have some more information to share.

First, the on-line captioning system that I described in my March 10th blogUniversal Subtitles – is just one of a number of on-line services. Here are some more:

There is also this great resource that provides lots of information about captioning video that is supported by the National Association of the Deaf.

Another point of information

I have long heard, and often preached that one of the advantages of captioning your videos was to improve SEO (Search Engine Optimization). What I had heard was that the search engines were able to spider through your caption file, index the content and add it to their inventory. Well that is not exactly correct. The big boys and girls – Google and Bing – do not index caption files. But the good news is that I have discovered a new service called that intends to do just that. Here’s how they describe themselves:

By continually indexing videos from these multiple hosts, this site offers an increasingly comprehensive catalog covering many different topics. Indexing is mostly automated using APIs and specialized web crawlers. User submissions of videos and channels also play an important role.

22frames is still in early development and there is no indication how many videos they have already indexed. Their technology sounds interesting and hopefully will be mainstream someday.

In closing, one of my upcoming blogs will discuss the inaccessibility of Flash video like YouTube for screen reader users. I’m working on that now.


Photo credit: Image licensed by Creative Commons by matsuyuki

  4 comments for “Even more about captioning video

  1. December 4, 2011 at 8:51 am

    What is Copyright Violation: copyrighted content detected, How do i remove it?

  2. jeb
    December 4, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I’m guessing that you included a music soundtrack with your video. Unless you have a non-copyrighted version, you will have to remove the video. YouTube has been cracking down on that. You can find royalty-free music to use by searching Creative Commons .

  3. December 26, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Dear Jeb,
    Speaking of which, I’m seeking to upload a movie i manufactured in Windows Film Maker to facebook, but it truly is accusing me of copyright issues, even while I gave credit score to the singer of the track in the motion picture and in the caption.

    What can I do to get it uploaded?
    I’ll be back to read more next time

  4. jeb
    December 27, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    The only thing I’ve found that works is to remove the video and reload it with a non-copyrighted sound track. I’ve used free open source music from

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