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 Post subject: Captions, not subtitles, on videos
PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:31 am 
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With my Youtube Video Editor, not the bit that is coming to an end soon, I can easily put captions on my videos.

However I am having extreme and perplexing difficulty in setting the length of time the caption remains on the screen.

All attempts to get advice online are frustrated by the confusion between the words 'subtitle' and 'caption'. Everybody wants me to put on-screen words to the soundtrack.

To me those are subtitles. The sort of thing that, with my slight hearing problems, I put on the telly all the time.

Captions are text descriptions of what is appearing, nothing to do with what is being said.

Is it me, or them??

Anyway, a short video to show you what I mean



You will see that the first caption 'First a run round the field', lasts for about 7 seconds on the screen. It was only 5 before but I reckon a caption needs to be there for at least 10 in order to catch the eye and then be read.

Trouble is I did manage to extend it a bit, and I have with other videos, but I have no idea how I did it because it is difficult to replicate the steps. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

Just wondered if there was anybody here who does such stuff. :-?

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 Post subject: Re: Captions, not subtitles, on videos
PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:27 pm 
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I think I might have sorted it, mind you I have said that before. 8-|

The problem seems to be that there are 2 panels that they encourage you to type the caption in, with no indication of what to do afterwards.

So, running through the video I stopped it at the point I wanted to insert the caption, typed it into the top panel, then without touching anything else dragged the panel under the video (yes, that's 3 panels now) to the right as far as I wanted.

Then clicked the big + sign next to the first panel.

Turned out allright, just waiting now till I do the next one, :-s . At least I can refer back to this post if I get confused again. :-\

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 Post subject: Re: Captions, not subtitles, on videos
PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:50 pm 
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If anyone hasn't done the descent into Millau, this video is rather long at just under 10 minutes, but it is quite nice, and it does demonstrate the captions nicely. :)

If you aren't interested in the scenery, the captions come in at 2:32, 5:17 and 7:15


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 Post subject: Re: Captions, not subtitles, on videos
PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:00 pm 
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In anticipation of YouTube's video editor coming to an end in 5 days time I have signed up with Movavi.

First impressions are really good. I only wanted it to stick videos together, but I've also found out that captions (they call them titles 8-| ) are really easy to place.

So win win. especially if the cutting is as easy as the splicing. ;) :)

Oh, and best of all, I can now edit my videos as soon as they are transferred from camera to computer. No more waiting hours to upload a 21 minute one just to edit it down to 7. They can then be uploaded in the already shortened form to YouTube. B-)

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