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PAH! Another Captioned video - finally, I can see the subtitles!

Thursday, November 08, 2012

PAH!!!

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!!

YEA!!

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:
official website
www.videolan.org/vlc/

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:
download.cnet.com/VLC-Media-Player/3
000-13632_4-10267151.html


Ahhhhh
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!! emoticon (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!

Julia

  
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JANNEPERRY 11/10/2012 8:36AM

    Good thing you are somewhat of a techno "genius". I have bought numerous DVDs for my mother that needs the subtitles or captioning and they say they have it, and do NOT. She is older, and somewhat "old school" so she does not watch them on her computer. Too bad, because it sounds like the freeware would be helpful to her!

Thanks for the info
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1CRAZYDOG 11/9/2012 8:27AM

    Glad you got the captioning figured out!

It drives me looney. I have a captioned TV in the kitchen (where I do most of my computing.) DD is constantly turning it off when she watches because the captions get in the way! AAAARRRGGGHHH!!!


HUGS

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DIET_FRIEND 11/9/2012 12:16AM

    Interesting to read about the challenges of the hearing impaired regarding using fitness DVDs. You seem to be very pro-active to solving your problems. Keep on sparking!

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First night...

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

...flying solo with my new cpap. Will see how this goes.

  
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BOBF15 11/8/2012 4:48AM

    emoticon Rest in the Lord, he gives His beloved sleep.


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BESEVEN 11/6/2012 11:56PM

    Hate CPAPs, but if you need it, you need it. emoticon

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ILOVEROSES 11/6/2012 9:22PM

    Hope you got a good night's sleep.

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GLORYB2014 11/6/2012 10:56AM

    I sure hope it goes well for you!
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1CRAZYDOG 11/6/2012 8:19AM

    Hoping it goes well! HUGS

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M77355 11/6/2012 8:12AM

    i hope you got a good night's sleep emoticon

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CONFUSEDBIRD 11/6/2012 8:09AM

    Hope it went well!

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JANNEPERRY 11/6/2012 7:12AM

    I hope that it went well and you had a good night's sleep! emoticon

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How to help SP nutritional trackers work harder for you!

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Check it out...

www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=
39849_help_food_tracker_be_more_flexib
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/15/2012 6:44AM

    Thanks for posting this! I'm going to read it now! emoticon emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/4/2012 9:41AM

    Awesome, I have a few of mine saved, but I could do better emoticon

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JANNEPERRY 11/4/2012 8:35AM

    Thanks for sharing the link. I still track 4-5X weekly in maintenance.


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PHEBESS 11/4/2012 2:35AM

    If I do nothing else on SP, it's track my food!

And yes, I save a lot of things in my faves - it helps, doesn't it?

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BERRY4 11/3/2012 6:45PM

    Useful tool... I NEED to start tracking. (A PT said it IS tedious, but it DOES make a real difference!)
I'm thinking..."New Year Goal" emoticon

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PAH!! Got the Captions to show on one of my videos!!

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)

  
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BELTONWALKER67 10/23/2012 9:06AM

    That's great! One of my pet peeves is when there is no CC on a TV show or on a video. Sure wish Spark had CC on their exercise videos too. But, then, it could be me as sometimes I'll see the CC on the screen but when I click it nothing happens. Maybe there is a secret to it?? Have a great day. emoticon

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DEELB1 10/23/2012 12:12AM

  emoticon Persistance pays 0ff!

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CELESTE_B 10/22/2012 6:14AM

    I've never had an issue like that..I have lots of video's, but I sure do hate it when I have issues with them. My most emoticon moment is when I can't find the remote for the DVD player. Most of my workouts have premixes on them....and you can't get to the premixes or even start the video without the remote....Drives me CRAZY.....

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1CRAZYDOG 10/20/2012 8:34AM

    Persistance paid off!

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JANNEPERRY 10/20/2012 8:18AM

    Good for you! You are very persistent. I usually give up and wait for someone more skilled in button pushing to fix it for me! Now I know who to call when I can't figure it out. emoticon

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MRSCLAUS46 10/20/2012 7:49AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Hoorah for Julia! I did have my husband try to get CC on my exercise video (he does all the stacking of devices, toggling & pointing for our old analog set) but the Spark Video just isn't set up for CC. I even won an exercise video on a bonus spin -- very frustrating. emoticon for the information on video that is CC'd--I'm going to try both Amazon and Ebay to see if I can get a copy.
I did find out that the NTSC on the Spark video case means that it can be used on players in North America and Japan ~ for Europe & others it would say PAL (it's some kind of decoding chip in the player that recognizes the signal from the dvd itself). Hope all is going well with you and emoticon on this find!
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RIP, our little Angel

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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SAINTBETH 10/16/2012 9:48AM

    So sorry for your loss. My cat died last month and I also got her from a lady who went into a nursing home. These little furry guys bring a lot of happiness into our lives.
blessings!

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JULIA_211 9/28/2012 4:55AM

    I'm so sorry. emoticon emoticon

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AWESOMECAROL55 9/23/2012 12:25PM

    Julia..I am so sorry for your loss...I know how difficult it is!! We love our little fur babies and treasure the joy they bring to us!! They love us unconditionally as we love them!! My condolences!!

((HUGS))
R>Carol

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SONYALATRECE 9/22/2012 10:08PM

    My condolences! I know it's a matter of time for my Andy (toy poodle).
He's old. He's 10 in human years, but still lively.
Bless you!
All God's creatures are special and the companionship means so much. I understand.

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DIANER2014 9/22/2012 6:09PM

    So sorry for your loss! emoticon

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JILLYBEAN25 9/22/2012 5:04PM

    My condolences on the loss of your beloved Angel. Losing a furry member of the family is just as difficult as losing anyone.


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MISSG180 9/22/2012 3:24PM

    It's always painful to lose a beloved family friend like this. I am sorry for your loss.

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JANNEPERRY 9/22/2012 1:17PM

    Sorry for your loss. Pets are family members for many folks. I know Angel will be missed.

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JESSIKA_56 9/22/2012 11:58AM

    Sorry to hear about Angel's passing. emoticon

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M77355 9/22/2012 11:17AM

    Ohhhh I sad for you but glad she got to finish out her years with a loving family, big yard with rabbits to chase and still up for adventures. Life was good with you.

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PHEBESS 9/22/2012 11:13AM

    My deepest condolences - I know how hard it is to lose a pet, and send you lots of hugs.

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MRSCLAUS46 9/22/2012 9:27AM

    So sorry to read about your loss Julia. The loss of any pet can be devastating, but one so loved is very difficult. Your memories of her will be a comfort I am sure.
Take care friend.
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GAYLLYNNE 9/22/2012 9:19AM

    Sorry to hear about your loss. It's so hard to say good by to our furry kids. You are a wonderful family to have taken her in. I too had a dog that belonged to an elderly woman that went into a nursing home. We adopted him at 9 and had him till 13. I still miss him!! Remember, he is "over the rainbow bridge".

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GINNJEN1974 9/22/2012 5:59AM

    Aww so sorry to hear about you little Angel. She sounds like a sweetie

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BERRY4 9/22/2012 3:36AM

    Sorry to hear that your pet is gone. emoticon

I know we have discussed how we will manage when our older dog is gone. She is such a valuable asset to our rural life. She is the most perfect guard dog--better than any alarm system!
Animals have a way of weaving themselves into your daily lives and really do leave a hole when they go.

Glad you were able to share good memories and funnies that were unique to your Angel.

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KATHYSCOLLIES 9/21/2012 11:45PM

    Saying goodbye to those we love is never an easy thing, but take heart in the fact that your sweet Angel is now herself with the angels, with all those who have crossed The Rainbow Bridge before her. She is free from the aches and pains of old age, and able to romp and play once again like a youngster.

She will wait patiently for those whom she has loved to one day cross over The Bridge, when the time is right, so that she can be reunited with her human family again.

Hugs,
Kathy

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CANINE_MAMA 9/21/2012 11:12PM

    I'm sorry for your loss. I have wondered how much longer Cody will be with me. He will be 14 in December. I certainly don't look forward to losing him.

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LALMEIDA 9/21/2012 10:22PM

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CONFUSEDBIRD 9/21/2012 10:20PM

    I am so sorry for your loss =(

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68ANNE 9/21/2012 9:27PM

    I am sorry for your loss. Enjoy the wonderful memories!

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MELROSE13 9/21/2012 8:26PM

    Sorry for your loss...my dogs have always been family and it is hard when they go but to know they were loved and cared for should be a comfort!

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OJ_2_OK 9/21/2012 8:06PM

    RIP angel. It sounds like you guys gave her a great life.

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