Captioning your videos #1: Windows Movie Maker
May 14, 2007
Lots and lots of videos on the web out there, and a TINY fraction of them are captioned. All those news clips on CNN and other media websites, many amateur and professional videos on YouTube and Google Video, many many vlogs (whether hearing or deaf), lots of movies available for instant watching via Netflix and its ilk, etc. Just about all of them aren’t captioned. Sad, because there are so many resources — FREE ones — out there where one can caption these videos.
Over time, I plan on doing a series of posts covering some of these free resources — computer programs as well as Internet web services — where you can add captions. If you know of any other free program or web service that you use to caption videos, please let me know in the comments and I’ll test ’em out as well.
Without further ado, here’s the first resource:
Windows Movie Maker (XP or Vista version): This is a free, downloadable computer program made by Microsoft for PC computers. There is no actual “captioning” function. Instead, I had to click on the “Title and Credits” feature (using the “Subtitles” transition) and then on the “Title on the selected clip” link each time I wanted to add a line of captions. In its favor, it was easy to move a line of caption back and fro on the movie time-line, and stretch or shorten the period each caption would appear. You can also modify how the title appears onto the screen (altho I wished I could have it appear a bit lower on the screen), as well as how it looks — including its font, color, size, and transparency.
A left-hand thumb up for the ease of customizing these captions, and a right-hand thumb down due to having to press several buttons for each line of captions.
As an example, I used a video of my daughter announcing her “campaign” for President. Yes, she’s speaking gobby-gook. But that’s par for the course for politicians, eh?