[Athen] MovieCaptioner

Susanne V Mistric svmistric at waketech.edu
Mon Jul 15 12:36:17 PDT 2013

MovieCaptioner is a really robust captioning software. It is easy to use, the developer provides great support, it is affordable, (the EDU version is 49.00) and after many years as just a Mac product, a Windows version is now available as well. I haven't used the Windows version, but I can tell you that the Mac version is wonderful.

At the Higher Ground conference, Ken Petri showed me Subtitle Edit. It's an open source (free) captioning editor for PCs that does that has tons of features including editing subtitles/captions, syncing subtitles, creating subtitles/captions from scratch, and even subtitle translation.

There are lots of "how-to" resources online (including YouTube videos) for both tools above and beyond the good information that is provided by the developers. I like that, too.

Those are the two captioning tools that are on the top of my recommend list at the moment. I have personally found MovieCaptioner to be a great choice for my workflow.

Accessibly Yours,

Susanne Mistric
Accessibility Specialist
Wake Technical Community College
Raleigh, NC
svmistric at waketech.edu

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1. Re: Foreign language voices with Read/Write Gold 11 (E.A. Draffan)
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Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:38:44 +0100
From: "E.A. Draffan" <ea at emptech.info>
Subject: Re: [Athen] Foreign language voices with Read/Write Gold 11
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Sorry for the delay in getting back on this one. I now have version 11 Read and Write Gold up and running and tried it with a piece of text in French followed by English and then German in MS Word and all the text was read by the voice that had been selected - in my case British English, so it does not automatically detect the language and switch voices. If you have the same toolbar up when you are running Chrome and a two language site - once again it will read with your chosen voice.

The new version allows you to change the background of the main toolbar which is nice but you may want to go back to the original icons as well - they are not the default in the new version. The new version has better support for Chrome and Firefox. Another new features is that you can record instant audio notes that can be displayed in Word as .wav files to help some users and there are more subject related word banks for younger users. ABBYY version 7 allows you to save a scan to ePub which is useful if you want to read on the move using an ereader.

Just as a little note on the side I have found that when I tested version
11 on a Windows 8 machine with DPI 150% which is not the default for my laptop - some of the icons became misplaced and some dialog boxes were unreadable. I have told TextHelp but you have to return to 125% to sort out the problem.

Hope this helps.
Best wishes

Mrs E.A. Draffan
WAIS, ECS , University of Southampton
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> Hello all,


> I am working with Read and Write Gold 11 on Windows 7 and have the

> following question:


> Is it possible to get the text-to-speech functionality to switch

> automatically from one language to another?


> I have an MS Word 2010 (DOCX) file with English, Spanish, and German

> content in which the appropriate sections are all properly marked

> using the Language settings. I have also installed the above TTS

> engines on my system. I am not having much success in getting voices

> to automatically switch. Is this something that is supported in RWG 11?


> Thanks,

> Sean


> Sean Keegan

> Associate Director, Assistive Technology Office of Accessible

> Education - Stanford University





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Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 16:28:41 +0000
From: James Bailey <jbailey at uoregon.edu>
Subject: [Athen] small captioning service
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Hello All,

I'm thinking about creating an extension to my alt format area that would caption short department made videos. I am looking at Movie Captioner software. Has anyone used this? Also any suggestions about this concept would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

James Bailey M.S.
Adaptive Tech Coordinator
University of Oregon

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Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 17:09:42 +0000
From: "Phillip M Minyard (pminyard)" <pminyard at memphis.edu>
Subject: [Athen] Foreign language voices with Read/Write Gold 11
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RE: Sean's post on reading Foreign languages in Read and Write Gold

Sean, please keep us posted on what you are able to determine.
Thanks, Phillip

Phillip Minyard
Disability Services Coordinator
Assistive Technology Coordinator
Disability Resources for Students
University of Memphis
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