[Athen] Google Introduces automatic captioning

Pratik Patel pratikp1 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 20 03:50:05 PST 2009

Hello Ken,

You're right in that most educational videos tend to be more than ten
minutes. But, having access to the API will mean that similar efforts can
be successful beyond You Tube.



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Sent: Friday, November 20, 2009 6:31 AM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] Google Introduces automatic captioning

This is huge news. Automatic speech recognition will not be prime time
ready for a while, BUT the timing feature is a very big deal. Also,
since you can get the timed caption back out through copy and paste
(and an API soon? already?), with a little Perl or Python scripting
this means you can have caption files in multiple formats quickly and
with no manual timing needed.

Ironically, we had just begun to finalize the receipt process for a
grant related to building a similar system for the state university
system. Now, the plans have just changed radically.... (though most
videos for education will be longer than 10 minutes....)

Ken Petri
Program Director
OSU Web Accessibility Center
102D Pomerene Hall
1760 Neil Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone: (614) 292-1760
Fax: (614) 292-4190
mailto:petri.1 at osu.edu

On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 12:39 PM, Pratik Patel <pratikp1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,


> Please see the following blog entry to learn more details about Google's

> latest feature to add captioning to You Tube content.


> http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/automatic-captions-in-youtube.html


> This will be incredibly amusing for now.  But, Google will also use the

> recognition data to make improvements in speech recognition  technology.


> Pratik




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