YouTube’s New Transcript Feature

A few weeks ago, YouTube unveiled a new feature that allows you to upload a transcript of your video and have YouTube automatically analyze it to figure out how to turn it into timed captions. I had the opportunity to test this feature (which is still in beta, and only available in English right now), and I have to say I am extremely impressed with the results. I had a handful of Powerpoint presentations that I converted to videos using Camtasia Studio. I then added the narration tracks and produced the videos as MP4 files.

I uploaded the new videos to YouTube, adjusted my settings accordingly and then went to the “Captions and Subtitles” tab for each video. To my surprise, I noticed that the “transcript” feature was now available, so I decided to test it. I opened the script for each narrated presentation, saved it in txt format (for best results, if you have your transcript saved as a Word document, save it in MS-DOS txt format and enable character substitution so that it automatically replaces the fancy quotes, dashes, etc. with the standard versions) and decided to test the transcript feature.

Screencast Goes Out of Beta

I received an announcement from the team at screencast.com in my e-mail the other day. Screencast is now officially moving out of beta and into version 1.0.

For those of you that are not familiar with screencast, it is a file organizing and sharing site for online videos. The Web site is owned by TechSmith, the company behind Camtasia Studio, Jing and many other multimedia applications.

With an account at screencast, you can easily save your videos and upload them directly from your desktop. Once the file has been uploaded, you can share it across the Web.