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Universal Subtitles is a software project and online community that's building the world's simplest subtitling tool. Subtitles and captions are crucial for translation, accessibility and search. But until now, there's been no easy open resource for subtitling -- locking online video behind language barriers and obstacles for the...
Universal Subtitles is a software project and online community that's building the world's simplest subtitling tool. Subtitles and captions are crucial for translation, accessibility and search. But until now, there's been no easy open resource for subtitling -- locking online video behind language barriers and obstacles for the hearing and vision impaired.
Created by Miro and the Participatory Culture Foundation and supported by Mozilla Drumbeat, Universal Subtitles is a simple subtitling tool anyone can use. It includes a widget and user-friendly interface for adding captions to any video on almost any site, without the hassle of re-uploading.
It draws on contributors around the world to make captioning and translating video free, fun and open to all. It shares content across languages and cultures, and ensures those with disabilities can fully experience all the web has to offer.
To be honest, I'm a bit confused by this item. When I clicked on the link to view this material inside MERLOT, I expected to be taken somewhere called "Universal Subtitles." Instead the link directed me to a website for a company named Amara... where you can volunteer your time to subtitle other people's videos (seems like a bit of a raw deal to me as that is very labor-intensive!)
Amara claims to be offering "The easiest way to caption and translate any video" and "The most powerful and flexible subtitling platform in the world." Well, that may be the case especially if you use Amara's "pro options" which cost money... but YouTube has a pretty good subtitling tool too... which does not ask you to volunteer your time to do unpaid work subtitling other people's videos.
I tried plugging a YouTube video into Amara's tool and it seems pretty good. I'm still confused though why I would want to opt for Amara over just sticking with YouTube... Please weigh in, thanks.