Finally, Caption Playback – posted by Ken Harrenstien, Deaf engineer for Google

Thought I’d post this to help spread the word out.

Finally, Caption Playback on Google Video

“…however, this is exactly the same problem faced by the early proponents of CC, and it is this very issue which has compelled us to start with baby mis-steps sooner, rather than a giant leap of perfection later. Now that viewers can see the results, we hope that more people will be inspired to caption more videos, and that other services will be encouraged to support similar capabilities. The potential applications here for search quality, automatic translation, and speech recognition should also become more obvious.

Every time I watch TV I’m thankful to all of the many people who first developed and brought closed-captioning to fruition, and wish I could have helped them. So it’s enormously gratifying that Google Video has given me an opportunity to help carry on their work into new domains.” –Ken Harrenstien

2 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Josh Allmann

    Awesome! I know a number of people who will be stoked by this. Looks like their captioned-video archive is kinda old though… that post is from 2006. What’s the technique they use for this? I don’t see an option to upload a subtitle file… are videos pre-captioned by humans, or is it NLP? Are they still working on it? Use your connections to find out ;)

    As an aside, Ken Harrenstein is the inventor of finger… one of my favorite Unix euphemisms, other than ‘man’. I mean, ‘%man finger’, ‘%man mount’ never gets old. (I’ve aliased this to ‘woman’ in my current setup, don’t worry.) Don’t even get me started on fsck.

    Also dude, know who else’s deaf and works for Google? Vint Cerf. That’s right, the father of the Internet is deaf. Okay, maybe I admit I don’t know his degree of hearing loss. But still, hot dog! I was floored when I realized he had a hearing impairment. Very cool stuff!

  2. natech

    Captioning is like our savior, doesn’t it?

    You don’t see an option to upload a subtitle file? I just had a look myself and I don’t see one either. Hmm, they must be still working on it. Another reason why it’s still called beta. ;-)

    I’ve met Ken twice when I was visiting MV but I never knew he invented finger! Awesome! I’m gonna nudge him about that. Thanks. You seem to know a lot about Linux, a regular user? I thought you were a Micro$oft fanboy. We geeks are so naughty, aren’t we? :-)

    It’s funny you brought up Vin. In fact, I just met him last week when he was visiting our datacenter. Yeah, he has some hearing loss but seems not that much as he was speaking for himself. He had two personal assistants with him!

    Heh, a co-worker mentioned to me that Google is like an informal hall of fame for computer scientists. Now, I can see why! perhaps you’d be next? ;-)

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