Subtitle a Video

Subtitling: Micah Baldwin: Measuring Online Influence – WordCamp Denver 2009


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Instructions

Adding captions or translations is a great way to take your favorite wordpress.tv and share it with an even broader audience! It is easy to help us with this goal by submitting a caption or translation file for your favorite video. Just follow the steps below!

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Text instructions – Creating and uploading a new caption file

The tools at amara.org will help you to create your caption or translation file. So before you begin, be sure to create you sign up for a free account on Amara.org.

In addition to helping you create a caption file, the tools at amara.org also allow you to stop and start again in the middle of the captioning process. That way if you get interrupted, you can save your subtitles and pick up where you left off.

Once you have created your Amara.org account, you can follow these steps to create and upload your new caption file:

Step 1 – Copy the video URL

Locate the “Med” link in the Download section of the sidebar.

01 - select medium

Right-click on that link and select the Copy Video URL option.

02 - copy video url

Step 2 – launch video in Amara

Go to http://www.amara.org/en/videos/create/ and enter the video URL you copied from wordpress.tv.

03 - paste it here

Next click “Subtitle Me” and follow the instructions provided by Amara.org

04 - Click Subtitle Me

Step 3 – Download the translation file

Once the video is subtitled at Amara.org, click on the link under View Subtitles, to the left of the video display.

05 - view subtitles

Next click on the Download drop-down menu and select DFXP format.

06 - download TTML

When you have downloaded the caption file to your computer, you should have a file that looks something like this: wordcamp-minneapolis-2014.dfxp In order to have this file work with wordpress.tv (which only accepts .ttml files) just edit the file extension to change it from .dfxp to .ttml, like so: wordcamp-minneapolis-2014.ttml

Step 4 – Upload your caption file

Return to the WordPress.tv video page, and click on the “Subtitle this video” button at the bottom of the sidebar.

08 - subtitle

On the next page, choose your file for upload, select your language from the drop-down selector, and then click Submit button. 09 - upload

Success! Your subtitles will go through a short moderation process, and then you can enjoy your newly captioned video in all its text-enriched glory. Thank you for helping out! :)

Translating an existing caption file

In cases where there is already a caption file uploaded to a video, you do not need to use Amara at all, as it is usually much easier to translate the existing file instead.

Step 1 – Locate the existing .ttml file

Load the page for the video you would like to add a translation for. You can find the TTML link under the Subtitles section of the video information sidebar.

download-existing-ttml

Step 2 – Download and open the .ttml file

Download the existing caption file and then open it in a simple text-editor like Notepad or TextEdit. Avoid using applications like Word or Dreamweaver, because they will distort the TTML markup.

Step 3 – Translate subtitle text

Inside the downloaded file, you’ll see the speaker’s words surrounded by <p> and </p> tags. Translate all of the speaker’s words into your language, but be careful not to change the surrounding <p> tags at all.

raw-ttml

Step 4 – Save and upload your translated caption file

When you’re finished, save the file—being sure to use the original TTML file extension—and return to the WordPress.tv video page, then click on the “Subtitle this video” button at the bottom of the sidebar.

08 - subtitle

On the next page, choose your file for upload, select your language from the drop-down selector, and then click Submit button.

09 - upload

Success! Your subtitles will go through a short moderation process, and then you can enjoy your newly captioned video in all its text-enriched glory. Thank you for helping out! :)

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