Viewing Captioned Videos on Google Video
July 3, 2007
Google Video — a close cousin of the more well-known YouTube service — has a feature where it can display closed captions. And you can turn the captions on or off just by pressing the “CC” button. Niiiice.
Here’s a list of selected videos with captions. Clicking on any of the videos on this list displays the video on a separate page (with video screens a bit larger than YouTube’s videos, I should mention) — with captions turned on by default at the bottom. Clicking on the “CC” button at the bottom turns captions off if needed.
Here’s the announcement by a deaf Google employee of this captioning functionality, from nearly a year ago. A Google help page explains how to add captions / subtitles to your video; this is actually done via a separate file created by a program much like Subtitle Workshop and which is already being done for the shows we see on television. Hopefully more and more content providers will upload these separate captioning files along with the shows and clips being sent to Google Video.
Nice to see a major video website provider with this type of functionality. Hope the others implement this as well.