Thanks to browser standards made public by the folks at W3C™ it's pretty easy to caption video on CDs and the Internet. All you need is a file with each caption and when the caption will appear and most browsers will take care of the rest.
Here's an example:
00:00:02:00 00:00:04:10 Here is a simple example.
That's the theory at least.
In reality there are a lot of permutations. The permutations are typically distinguished by the file extent -- like xyz.TT or xyz.SUB. None of these permutations or formats are really difficult to make, just incredibly tedious if you have to do it without AutoCaption.
Click here to see an example of a media file captioned with a SMIL file. In addition to generating SMIL format caption files, AutoCaption also generates Timed Text (.TT), FLV, and SUB format caption files.
Here's a list of some things a captioner must consider when making a file to caption media:
AutoCaption is designed to let us quickly cope with these permutations -- and more. If a client approaches you for a media captioning file, simply ask if the client has the file specifications (often called a "protocol") or if the client has an example of the kind of file they want.
You can use an ordinary word processor (like Microsoft's NotePad™) to check out a media caption file. Odds are that AutoCaption already makes one with the same format, and if it doesn't we can usually have a suitable update in your hands within three days.
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