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February 26, 2011

Hello Thor!
The video link below already has 25 views...several list members tell me they have viewed the video, and so have I...

THANK YOU for the wonderful captions - 

It is a long video to caption and I think it is remarkable that you were able to caption as much as you did.. This is really a big gift. 

I look forward to following your instructions below and learning how to caption videos - this is an important skill for our work...I am on a Macintosh, but I am sure I can figure out the instructions, following your step by step guide.

Just like everyone, I always have a pile on my "To-Do" list, but this is certainly an important one, and sooner or later it will get done ;-)

Thank you again, Thor!

Val ;-)


On Feb 25, 2011, at 9:02 PM, Thor Malmjursson wrote:

Hi Valerie, and hello to all on the list :)  Apologies for the long message which is about to follow!

This is the link to your Tunisia video as it stands at the moment - the captions on it are enabled by clicking the [CC] icon in the toolbar below the video. It's here:

I managed to caption it up to about 8 minutes 20 seconds, so if someone knows how to caption in text, they are welcome to complete it :)

I'll show you a little of how to caption the video if I may. It's actually pretty simple once you get the hang of it, and if you have the patience :D

All you need to produce the captions is a very simple word processor, like Wordpad or Notepad in windows, or KATE if you use linux, and a video player which will give you fairly accurate time when you pause the video.

For example, the very first sentences you speak in the video, are captioned like this:

Ok. My name is Valerie Sutton, and
I'm very excited to be here today.

The first line shows the start point for the caption, in this case, 1 second and 174 milliseconds - then it shows the end point of the caption, 7 seconds and 424 milliseconds.

The next part is very straightforward. What you see is what you get, quite literally.  The top line of text appears at the top of the caption, the line below it appears underneath.

When you write the file, all you do is keep pausing the video when the person starts to talk, and note the time they do so. Then continue the video, and pause it again when they stop. This is your caption start and end point.  Note these exactly as you see them above.  Underneath, write the one or two lines of text you want to put in the caption, then hit enter and leave an empty line between captions.

You can also include certain symbols, like # which we use in the UK to denote someone singing, for example.  

When you've finished captioning the video, you save the text file you wrote with a specific file extension, either .srt or .sbv, both of which are caption formats.

Using a video player like vlc (, you start your video, pause it and then click "Video", select subtitle track, and Load subtitle - pick the file you just saved, and your captions will play along with the video :)

I know the above looks complicated, but trust me, it's not that hard.  If you try it and get stuck, you're welcome to email me whenever you need to!

Best regards, hope you enjoy the video and the captions.

Thor :)

Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 16:45:16 -0800
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February 23, 2011

On Feb 23, 2011, at 3:57 PM, Thor Malmjursson wrote:

Deeply sorry that I missed your birthday, Valerie - I've been so busy with work over the last few months I've done very little contribution, I didn't finish captioning your video, which I'm seriously embarassed about...  I hope you had a wonderful birthday, and I wish you many more :) Jeg håber du har nydt dig selv! Regards, Thor


Ja, jeg nød alle de dejlige beskeder fra venner som dig, Thor!

Yes, I enjoyed all the wonderful messages from friends like you, Thor!

And none of you have to feel like you are supposed to remember birthdays on this List....this is a List about SignWriting and most important, about all of you, and what you need to ask me and the burden is on me, not you...

And thank you, Thor, for your generous gift of time and skill to place captions on the Tunisian video - I understand totally that you do not have time to finish... but I love what you have already done...

Let me ask you...can you give us the video with the captions that you have already completed? Then I can post it with what we have so far, or, maybe it is time for me to learn how you did the captions..I bet they are hard to do...but I would love to learn...and then I could complete the video myself and take the burden off of you -

Så tak for al dit arbejde, Thor  .... og tak for denne besked;-)

So thanks for all your work, Thor ...and thanks for this message ;-)

Val ;-)

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