Our upstairs neighbor Sean just pointed me to a relatively-new music service that I’m excited to share with our clients: Jamendo, launched in 2009, claims to be “the world’s #1 website for free and legal music downloads under Creative Commons licenses.” With over 10,000 tracks from 4,500 artists as of this post, you just might find the perfect track for your next project. Their annual rates range from $23 for a corporate video or internet use on up to $60 for a regional spot or $180 for a national spot. As a point of comparison, the track that Phuel Marketing licensed from Tenth Avenue North for a recent spot we lensed and cut cost considerably more than $60! Of course, you’ve never heard of any of the artists at Jamendo, but if budget is a concern it certainly is worth at least a glance. We’re becoming familiar with the library, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like some help finding the perfect track for your next project.
This has been coming up more often as an increasing number of our clients are taking advantage of the enhanced SEO possibilities of adding captioning to YouTube videos, not to mention the access to millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers, so I thought I would do a quick tutorial on the process. We do the heavy lifting, but each YouTube channel owner must attach the captioning files that we provide – we do not have access to your account to do these steps. Step 1: Make sure you know where your text file containing the captions is – this will end in the three letter extension “SRT” Step 2: Log into your account, click your user name at the top of the screen, and then the “Videos” link. Step 3: Find the video to which you’d like to attach closed-captioning, and click the “Edit Info” button. Step 4: Click the “Captions and Subtitles” link. Step 5: Click the “Add New Captions or Transcript” button and upload your SRT file. It sounds harder than it is, so please give it a try and don’t hesitate to call us
(Ed. note – this is a rare blog post by my esteemed partner David. Enjoy!) So if you haven’t noticed, Red Digital Cinema is no longer a step-child in the industry. A recent LA Times Magazine article shows just how much Red is taking the industry by storm and why the big budget 3-D movies are going with Red Epic cameras. Even camera-manufacturer Sony’s movie division is shooting on the Epic. Read the article and you’ll see why. Then give us a call and let’s discuss shooting your next project on the most amazing camera to be manufactured to date. We expect to have ours in October 2011, and we can’t wait! If you need to shoot now, the Red One is still a great way to go.
A cheat-sheet for uploading HD spots to Tulsa TV stations. Please comment if you have corrections.
In parts 1 & 2, I listed digital delivery specs for SD in OKC & Tulsa. This is the OKC version in High Definition. Your comments are welcome!
In part 1, I took a look at the live captioning launch. Now that the code has been released, I thought I would post again. As written, the Google App Engine gadget requires the CART provider to have an account with StreamText (at 9¢ per minute) which will then pass the text to the gadget. This is changeable if you’d like to use another service. The natural next step would be for CART software to output directly to the gadget. The gadget is written in Python, as you would expect. The stream.py code includes a hook for backspace characters, which I saw demonstrated during the I/O launch, so the realtime captioner may fix any mistakes and they’ll be updated. There’s a lot of code relating to translating the input, so that seems to be a real focus for the developers. There is support for different speaker IDs, too, another thing I saw happening in the I/O debut. The streamtext.py code documents an intention to fetch only current captions, which means it should be possible to fetch back to the beginning if that’s what you wanted to do. That’s one thing that I noticed during I/O – when I jumped into
Last month, YouTube rolled out their new live streaming service to selected partners (with rumors of an impending NBA deal) and yesterday they added live captioning to the mix. So, I decided to take a look at the #io2011 live keynote stream with captioning on YouTube. (Note that the link may be dead after today…) The captions default off, so the viewer will have to click the CC icon in the lower right to turn them on. Turning the captioning on opens an orange box with dark gray text. The captions come to the user along with the live stream, so if you wish to look back at previous captions you are limited to the point at which you came into the video. You can control up and down movement with two arrows on the lower right, but there is no indication of where you are relative to the available captions. Each speaker change is indicated by a white box around red text. According to Gigaom, Google is taking the output of the live CART provided for the event and streaming it to the YouTube channel. This story is supported by the fact that the operator backspaced and corrected some
Well, I started the OKC version, so here’s Tulsa. It’s less complete, but is a work-in-progress and will be updated often. Please comment if you have corrections.
Now that nearly every local station can accept digital delivery for spot dubs, we thought it would be great to have a quick reference point. This is a work-in-progress and will be updated often. Please comment if you have corrections.
Let’s start with the fine print: I am not a tax professional and the following post does not constitute any professional or legal advice. However, this is very likely a topic that our customers can benefit from, so please consult your own tax person about the following info. As an incentive for businesses to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, the IRS offers a tax credit for small business and a tax deduction for all businesses who pay or incur expenses related to the ADA. Small businesses (less than $1 million in revenue with no more than 30 full-time employees) can use IRS form 8826 for the credit, which is half of the expenses after the first $250, with a maximum credit of $5,000. Under “Eligible Access Expenditures”, the relevant item is number two: “To provide qualified interpreters or other methods of making audio materials available to hearing-impaired individuals” (emphasis mine.) Business who don’t fall into the “small business” category may be able to use Section 190 of the IRS Code to claim a deduction up to $15,000, but the law is less clear about captioning and focuses more on “qualified architectural and transportation barrier removal expenses.”
The National Association of the Deaf just announced a position paper by the Association of National Advertisers’ Production Management Committee. In the 4-page document, the group recommends that all television commercials be closed captioned. Here are some of the highlights: • Approximately 36,000,000 Americans have some degree of hearing loss. • “When commercials are not closed captioned, the audio information—including potentially your advertising message—does not reach its maximum potential. In addition, the advertiser may be unintentionally communicating to viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing that their business is not valued. ” • Minimal cost They go on to list some basic quality standards they recommend advertisers stipulate. As you may know, we’re the only caption service provider within several states that has gone through the rigorous testing process that led to our Approved Vendor status with the USDOE (who does not endorse any particular vendor.) Also, we’re one of only 11 companies nationwide who are YouTube Ready certified, so we really are the experts. Call Micah, Mark or Don to chat about your next project!
It’s a little dated now, but here’s a fairly recent story that KWTV did on the Film Row developments.
Don here… (I’m really the only one who writes the blog, so perhaps I’ll quit making the distinction!) As you probably know, CMP has been involved in captioning for television for many years, and we recently started pursuing internet captioning as well.
As a result, I recently met one of my sister’s friends and became aware of the availability of captioning in some movies. I was intrigued… and this seemed like a great way to write off the expense of an excursion tonight, so here we are.