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NARA crowdsources video captioning

Language and accessibility barriers for online videos are being broken down by an online tool that allows individuals, communities and organizations to caption and subtitle videos.

Amara, a toolset created by the Participatory Culture Foundation (PCF), a non-profit dedicated to creating open video tools and services, lets users create, edit and manage production-ready subtitles. It is being used internally by a number of premium content organizations, including Netflix and the National Archives and Records Administration.

NARA is currently using Amara’s crowdsourcing techniques to find volunteers to caption its older analog videos to make them accessible to the hearing impaired.

The cloud-based Amara editor enables the easy creation of subtitles and makes quality control, editing and publishing changes simple, according to PCF.

First, users add the URL of their video into their team space on Amara. The tool’s workflow system allows users to assign tasks, such as creating captions, translating, reviewing and giving final approval. Once the subtitles have been through the review process, Amara automatically syncs with video hosts like YouTube. Users can also use Amara’s API to collect the completed subtitles.

Posted by Mike Cipriano on Apr 15, 2014 at 10:49 AM


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