Now that video production and distribution is within reach of all of us we need to learn more about the tools to make them 508 compliant. My halting efforts are detailed below:
There’s a parcity of software applications to convert sound into text. The $300 Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 is highly rated, but does not offer a sample download. So I was stuck with the $39, try it you’ll like it, Wave-To-Text Converter from United Research Labs. After 30 minutes of churning on a 2 minute sound file it came up with this cryptic gem:
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Here’s the real text from ‘Cashiers Make the Difference’:
Wic is a federally funded supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children.
Wic provides, at no cost to the participants, nutritious food, nutrition counseling, healthcare referrals, and breast feeding support.
For a Wic authorized vendor everyone who works in the store shares a great responsibility. By participating in the Wic program your store brings better nutrition to mothers and their children. Because of the vital role that the vendor has its important to understand the proper way to handle a WIC transaction. The procedure for checking out is different; it’s not hard, but it does require a little more attention. If done incorrectly it can cost the store money and that sometimes means it costs you.
So much for machine aided stenography 😉
Using the freeware that Google suggests for editing the close-caption text, basically putting a phrase based timestamp on the video, I was able to link the video and caption file without difficulty
When a closed-caption video is uploaded to YouTube a ‘cc’ icon appears in the lower-right of the screen. Alternately, you can embed the caption directly into the movie using a Microsoft product called, DivLand Media Subtitler and VirtualDub.
The end result looks like this (captioning done in first minute of video; click on ‘cc’ to toggle):