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

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:
official website

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!! 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!

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    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
    1925 days ago
    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!!!

    1926 days ago
    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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