Starting from today Article19 will be introducing "closed captioning" to our video interviews to make them more accessible to folks with hearing issues.
Closed captioning is a method of placing subtitles and other information into a video that can be made visible on request by the user. The captions have been available on TV shows and DVD movies for years but, until now, making them available on web videos has been a bit of a nightmare to implement.
Article19 uses an HTML5, cloud based video player called Sublime from Jillion that allows us to deliver video material to our readers no matter what browser, operating system or mobile device they are using.
The player doesn't require any plugins or other software and is constantly updated by Jillion while users don't have to lift a finger to take advantage of those updates.
Last week Jillion announced an upgrade to the player that includes support for closed captioning (CC).
Sadly, the captions don't just magically appear on the videos. We have to create the transcriptions, format them correctly and put them online to make the CC option work. This is going to take some time to do because we have rather a lot of video material.
Thus far we have created transcriptions on the four most recent features. You will know when a feature has been upgraded to include captions because you will see a little "CC" logo in the corner. The captions themselves can be turned on using the "CC" option button on the player itself for all enabled videos.
If you would like to help us create the captions for our video material then doing so couldn't be easier.
We use an online service called Amara.org, sort of the "wikipedia" for captions and subtitles. The website basically enables anybody to crowdsource captions for online video material. Actually captioning a video is very easy and, depending on how fast you can type, doesn't take a great deal of time.
If you would like to help us out then drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you started. You can do as little or as much as you like.
We can also incorporate multiple language subtitles so if want to create subtitles for languages other than English then that would be great.
For now check out the captioning feature on our latest features.