Thursday, November 08, 2012
Remember me muttering elsewhere about all the settings and switches and TV and DVD and all, trying to get the "Tai Chi for Beginners" DVD to perform the captions that were allegedly on it (produced by Element, taught by Samuel Barnes)???
Today I installed a different free-ware Video DVD software that was recommended to me by a woman I met last month who is late deafened (she teaches ASL at a private school for the deaf, as well as tutoring for pay. She captures YouTube videos of various topics having to do with and performed in ASL, and saves them to her hard drive. She said she has had cases where YouTube videos she'd seen were then removed and so she started her own collection, mostly to help teach her students.)
I got it installed and it's a bit rough around the edges, but I was able to right click during play and find the "Subtitle" settings, and then click on "Caption 1" and I got all the CAPTIONS!!
Ahhh I was hoping I had a screen shot of the captions but evidently I didn't do it right! They were nice big sub-title style captions, white letters over the video, not the "old school" style of captioning with the black block over video with white letters inside.
Anyway, I need to get some sleep now, but I'll get the links for this software - its put together with volunteers and is open source and no malware, viruses, or anything in it. I had a bit of stuttering in the sound quality, but that's likely my poor old computer filling up the cache buffers....
oh here it is:
For those who like to download from reputable computer expert websites, where it is scanned and verified, here's another link to download the same program:
And this video was much more interesting reading the captions, so I'm wanting to get to sleep so I can watch it again while my son is off to school, where I can have more space...
Curious to see if I can get the other Elements DVD to perform the subtitles as well.
And this is an example of the kind of ignorance - well-meaning but accidentally confusing, I suspect - goes on when hearing people say that their DVD is "captioned" when in reality, it has a subtitle track. The two systems are encoded differently, and subtitling has less information so far as other environmental sounds (like this one, doesn't say anything about the music in the background, the ocean you can see beyond where the man is performing his Tai Chi exercises, etc the way it would be in captioning.) But... at least I got something, because non of my DVD players were pulling it out with their caption and/or subtitle menu options, and I do not know why.
But I am still Thankful, alright??
And Yes, Mary - we'll have to watch it a few times with captions on so we'll know what we're "supposed to do" later on, when we have our eyes closed!! (plus, some of us, closing our eyes can mean balance issues and the world going tilt - but I know my balance seems to do better if I keep trying to do these various exercises - like rebounding etc.).
good night, ya'll!
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
...flying solo with my new cpap. Will see how this goes.
Friday, October 19, 2012
I've owned this exercise video - "Cardio Dance Blast!" By Crunch for awhile.... not exactly sure how long "a while" actually was. Months? Years? whatever. It was allegedly captioned, according to the CC symbol on the back cover. (How many of you knew what that CC meant? Cutie Cat? Cunning & Clever?).
Now, usually it's a "toggle it on" kind of deal on your TV (Monitor). Sometimes it's a default to toggle on or off within the DVD player itself, to play the captions regardless of what video is being played (assuming the video itself was encoded that way.). We have so many devices strung up through the one antique analog tv that it's like trying to get all the planets to line up correctly, maybe more like herding cats... with all the remote controls, with tiny buttons that I can't see with my blurry eyes, remote controls and devices stacked up on DS' computer desk clear at the opposite end of the TV, remote controls needing to be pointed carefully, straining to read the menu showing up on the screen, can't find reading glasses that will stay put and never walk away from the various devices, trying to read the tiny buttons on the remotes to make it go to where I want it to go on the screen, etc.
So after I got the tv captioning switched to analog caption, and the dvd switched to caption on, THEN the video captioning revealed itself! Voila!
Left me so tired, I could only do about half of the video itself...but I did work out 16 minutes. Woo hoo Mee!
(with Marie Forleo as leader/ instructor, put out by Anchor Bay videos)
Friday, September 21, 2012
Today I've been doing laundry and taking care of other stuff.
Our son came home after school and in a little bit, he went outside to mow the yard, and discovered our little Angel, legs outstretched, laying on her side in the grass near the house, a peaceful expression on her furry little black face. We've been working on her grave hole by the trees that she frequently liked to sleep under. DS is taking it fairly well, all things considered. He doesn't remember when our cat Diesel died when he was only 11 months old, so that's been years now.
We've had Angel since around 2006. The older woman we got her from was going into an assisted living home in Texas. She was a friend of my mother-in-law (who had already moved to Kansas closer to us in 2005.). She had gotten Angel from the pound there in Oklahoma some 2 or 3 years earlier, after her previous dog Queenie had passed on. The pound had her because she had belonged to an elderly couple who had to give her up when they themselves were going into a care home. So it's anyone's guess how old she actually was, but the vet said she was starting to get cataracts. She'd had grey/white hairs in her muzzle a few years now. Still liked to go for walks but couldn't handle running any more. I'd just taken her to the vet last week to get her rabies shot, and just renewed her license at the local City Hall for another year...
Somewhere around, I think we have a photo of her... Will have to find and update this later. We think she might have had some Australian Blue Heeler or some Shelty in her? Long wirey coat, impossible to keep brushed down, and she always preferred to be outdoors, even in the winter.... so peaceful, never tangled with our cat. Never barked much. About the only thing that got her going was chasing the rabbits that dared to bound through the yard, and she'd set off a mad dash in hot pursuit, stopping only at the fence.
She liked to dig... and when she'd go to my mom's house to hang out with her "cousin" (Larry the Cable Dog, who is mostly lab and maybe husky? he's a BIG dog compared to little ole 18-19 pound Angel!), she'd dig. Well... we were out of town and then my mom had to go out of town, so my step-brother was watching her. And well... she dug a hole and she and Larry got out of the fence and went roaming the neighborhood. Their tags got them some attention and phone calls, and they were returned. She got them out again later on. From then on, my mom called her "Jezebel" for "Leading Larry astray...." and when she went to visit my mom and Larry, we had to clip her to a very long chain so she had the entire yard to roam around on, but just not quite to the fence where she could dig!!
So anyway... I guess this is just a place to recollect thoughts.
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