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John peel
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captioning via textzone

Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:39 am

We recently finished a small project for a museum where we had a switch to change from English to Spanish captions on the videos presented at each kiosk. We had a separate video file for each. When the user flipped the language selector switch during a video, the Brightsign would switch to the appropriate file and begin to play it.
Several people expected the captions to change while the video continued, not for the videos to start over. That got me thinking about whether it would be possible to synchronize a text feed that would overlay the video and allow us to do just that. Captioning and accessibility are becoming big issues in the museum world. We currently end up building separate videos for each language we want to cover. It would be incredible if there was a way to offer multiple languages without building a file for each.
You would establish the time code for each caption then just cut and paste the appropriate text in. Here in Texas, we usually offer English and Spanish but on a recent trip to New York, I was struck by the help desk at the Met, they had 10 or more languages covered.

This would be a big deal for us, I'm curious what your thoughts are on this.

Thanks,
John Peel
 
RokuLyndon

Re: captioning via textzone

Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:39 am

We have done this in the past...I have a script originally created for the hd2000 but it needs to be modified for the newer models.

Here's a link to the sample files

Your text would look like this:


00:00:00:00
So, the team involves a variety of people
00:00:04:23
we often compare the actual excavation
00:00:08:23
to the building project of the pyramids
00:00:11:18
because you have people who direct the whole thing
00:00:14:18
you have to be sure, in ancient times
00:00:17:04
the right type of stone was delivered on the right day
00:00:21:05
for the right job
00:00:23:06
to all the supporting staff, um
00:00:26:22
and so we now have teams a little bit like that
00:00:29:01
we have a large group of archeologists
00:00:32:08
professional archeologists who,
00:00:34:29
specialists in just excavating and recording
00:00:38:17
then we have specialists for the material culture
00:00:42:15
so we have an arheobotanist, a zooarcheologist,
00:00:47:01
we a ceramacist and her team
00:00:50:07
an osteologist for the human burials
00:00:54:09
a person who just specializes in bones
00:00:57:08
um, human, animal bone and human bone
00:01:02:08


So, it can definitely be done.
 
John peel
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Re: captioning via textzone

Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:57 am

I've got several videos to work on for our upcoming exhibit. It opens in 4 weeks or so. I'd love to test this out on them. We could have a toggle to switch feeds to a different language? Even doing just a single language, this approach saves a lot of time. We have a half a dozen of the HD2000s sitting around now, but more HD410s and HD210s.

Thanks
 
John peel
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Re: captioning via textzone

Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:29 pm

In your autorun.bas, I can see that the language change is tied to a button press, How is it implemented? One button for each, or a toggle? Which button?

It looks very promising.
 
RokuLyndon

Re: captioning via textzone

Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:34 pm

Yes, the button toggles which set to strings are used so that the video doesn't have to restart. I don't tknow what your time frame is, but I don't have the time at the moment to rewrite this for the current units, but it can be done.
 
John peel
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Re: captioning via textzone

Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:14 pm

I'm taking the longer view on this, it would be something we'd plan on incorporating into everything we do moving forward. From my viewpoint, its a major feature. I'm sure you can do this kind of thing with a computer based presentation but that's pretty intimidating for most folks. I've not seen anything like this here or at major museums across the country. At your price point, it is doubly attractive. I'd love to discuss possibilities with you down the road when your schedule permits.

In the meantime, I'm going to start working with the HD2000s I've got. The sample files represent the card contents?

Very cool

John

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