Caption with Hi-Caption
HiSoftware Hi-Caption is a program designed to assist users in creating captioning files for Windows Media. Providing captioning allows users using assistive technology, those speaking different languages and others with the ability to see text captioning of what is heard in an audio file, or seen and heard in a video file. Additionally, captioning is great for subtitles, where you may have a video clip in one language, and you want it available in other languages.
Hi-Caption initially saves the caption files as Microsoft's SAMI files which is the acronym for Synchronized Accessible Media Interchange, but these files can be converted to RealPlayer and Quicktime SMIL files (Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language) with RealText and Quicktime Text.
Opening Media file
Lunch your Hi-Caption program; then go to the menu bar, choose Open from the File, and select Media File. Hi-Caption allows you to create SAMI file automatically with the same name as the media file.
There are two ways to make captioning for your media file in Hi-Caption, which are transcription production from the scratch and import of your scripts.
Transcribing Audio and Synchronizing Video
1)Press the Play button on the video player or press the Spacebar to play the video.
2)Press the Add SYNC button when the audio sound starts.
3)As soon as the spoken information begins, press Add Current or F8 for a new row. Listen to the spoken information for five to ten seconds, press the Spacebar to pause the video playback, and enter in the texts from the audio in the Caption column.
4)Press the Play button to continue playing. Once you hear more audio, press Add Current or F8.
5)Repeat the above steps to finish your captioning production.
6)You can edit the time in a Time Start cell by pressing Step Current or F6
7)Save your SAMI file and play your video with closed captioning.
Hi-Caption provides import wizard which allows users to import their transcripts made in word processing programs, such as Microsoft Word. The transcripts should be saved as either text file (.txt) or rich-text file (.rtf).
1) Select Tools from the menu bar and choose Import Wizard.
2) Browser and enter your file name.
3) Click Next button to the next window of Available Class Selection Options which defines the language of the captions. Choose the default language which is U.S. English. Then click Next
4) If you have multiple speakers, leave the "Speaker" column blank since Hi-Caption does not separate speakers at this point. Click Next.
5) In the Caption Separation Options, choose the first two options and click Finish.
6) After you insert your transcript, it is time for you to put time code on the caption for synchronization by using Step Current or F6
7) At last, save your work and test your media file with closed captioning.
More features of Hi-Caption will be addressed below.