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  • blog date 04 November 2014

    Subtitling for web videos

    If you were to ask any broadcaster or internet video users about how to apply subtitles or captions on web distributed video and chances are the replies will be that it is relatively easy to do so and that all you need is a simple text file with some timing and perhaps style information included (e.g. and SRT, DFXP, WebVTT, SMIL or SAMI file).

    The answer they give is right if they weren’t too concerned about how the text looked or if it was presented with the same degree of timing accuracy as is the norm for conventional television broadcastings. If you were to ask them whether that would work for live web video (simulcasts or web-only live broadcasts) uncertainty would start to kick in.




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