Captions help make video more accessible and making things easier to consume makes it more likely that they’ll watch/listen/react. I read about a number of options in a really useful post by Terrill Thompson who is a technology specialist from Washington and used a free servcie which allowed me to create the subtitles and then add them to the video. I have sore fingers but it was relatively painless and certainly makes the video more watchable.
I was hoping I could get the words of my latest snippet turned into text by the Google transcript robot, but it just produced loads of gobbledygook, so I tried Universal Subtitles instead. It’s a free tool that lets you type in captions as people speak and then go back and edit them, correct spellings and adjust timings. It took me about 15 minutes to caption a 2 minute video.
I can’t get it to embed properly on this page yet (that’s next week’s lesson) but it can be viewed on the Universal Subtitles page