Closed Captioning and Language Translations for YouTube Videos

YouTube videos readily accept closed captioning and translations.

YouTube is the world’s #2 search engine next to Google.   For many reasons YouTube is likely the best place to host your new company video.  45 Degrees Latitude can assist you with your new video (or produce a video if you need one) by adding closed captioning and language translations.

We recently completed the above video for the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health Unit. The ‘unlisted’ YouTube video described how to use the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Screening Tool – a form for public health nurses to assess risk for infants and young children.

Once the video was completed, closed captioning was added.  This helps comply with accessibility regulations (Accessibility Ontario – AODA). Google will provide closed captioning  automatically when the viewer selects the ‘cc’ icon on the bottom of the player however, there are often errors- especially with names or if there is background music.  Computer voice recognition is good but a long way from perfect.  We take the script and input it manually into YouTube to ensure the captioning perfectly matches the video.

Google will also provide language translations – for free.  Again, errors are rampant.  45 Degrees Latitude takes the final script and sends it to a professional language translation firm then uploads the correct translation and adjusts the video timing.  This can be done with any video.

The above does not replace another language version of a video but it’s the next best option – and for a whole lot less money too.

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How To Embed YouTube Video into Website and Make it Responsive

How to embed a YouTube video to a responsive website.

We all know how to embed a YouTube video in our websites but making it appear correct in a ‘responsive’ website is a bit trickier.  Here are some simple steps to keep everything ‘responsive’ including your video.  There are likely many ways to accomplish the same result but I like this easy method.

First, you need to insert some code into your style.css file.  We are going to contain the code into a video wrapper.  Here is the code to insert into  style.css:

.videoWrapper {
position: relative;
padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */
padding-top: 25px;
height: 0;
}
.videoWrapper iframe {
position: absolute;
top: 0;
left: 0;
width: 100%;
height: 100%;

Next, insert the  code below into the html editor of your webpage at the location of your video, replacing the pink code with your own YouTube identifier code.

<div class=”videoWrapper”>
<!– Copy & Pasted from YouTube –>
<iframe width=”560″ height=”349″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/O42F6KIPyjE?rel=0″frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
</div>

Upload the style.css file and html page with embedded video.

That should do it.  Good luck!

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How To Embed Google Map into Responsive Website

How to embed Google Map into Responsive Website

I recently purchased a responsive web template but wanted to include a Google Map of the website business being promoted.  I wanted the Google Map to be responsive just like the site.  Here’s how to do it in a few steps.

Go to Google Maps and search for the business and position the map the way you want it (see image above).  To the left you will find a blue ‘share’ icon.  Click on the icon to reveal the panel below. Notice I selected the ‘Embed map’ tab at the top.  Again, position the business location as you wish it to appear  on your site. It works best to center your business. You will need the iframe source code as it appears so keep your Google Map open.

How to embed Google Map into responsive website.

Inset the  code below into your html editor where you wish the Google Map to appear on your webpage.  Copy and paste your own iframe code  into the blue section below (everything in blue starting with <iframe src+ to  </iframe>.

<style>
.google-maps {
position: relative;
padding-bottom: 50%; // This is the aspect ratio
height: 0;
overflow: hidden;
}
.google-maps iframe {
position: absolute;
top: 0;
left: 0;
width: 100% !important;
height: 100% !important;
}
</style>

<div class=”google-maps”>
<iframe src=”https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d90515.6634804483!2d-77.28440024127889!3d44.84978387909846!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x4cd309858e7f1fcd%3A0x5e130c5536ebcfba!2s45+Degrees+Latitude+Digital+Filming+%26+Production+Co.!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sca!4v1482010625602″ width=”600″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ style=”border:0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
</div>

Source: Thanks to Amit Agarwal for the code. http://www.labnol.org/internet/embed-responsive-google-maps/28333/ 

One other adjustment is the upper blue line of code which I set at 50%. This is the aspect ratio.  You can change this figure to your liking for example, if you wish to decrease the vertical dimension of the map, decrease the 50% to say, 40%.  If you wish a wish to increase the map’s vertical dimension increase this to 75% or so.  Tweak to your liking.

Viola!  That should do it. Check the map on a smartphone, tablet or desktop.  It should work perfectly.  Good luck!

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Algonquin Park Photography Tip – Fall Colours – Centennial Ridges Trail

Algonquin Park - Photography Tips for Centennial Ridges Trail

The Centennial Ridges Trail in Algonquin Park is one of the best trails for sheer number of pristine lookouts. Photographers flock here for amazing vistas overlooking lakes and rolling highlands.  One of the most popular times is during the fall colour season.  Timing of peak colours is best handled by frequently checking the Algonquin Park Fall Colour Report.  Usually it’s the first week of October (give or take) depending upon weather and drought conditions.

The Centennial Ridges Trail is a tough trail especially if you are carrying photographic equipment and you are hiking the trail during hours to catch the morning sun or sunset. The entire trail is 10 km and I think it might be the toughest 10 km I’ve ever hiked.  The guidebook says allow 6+ hours although my wife and I hiked it 4 hours with frequent photography stops.  The guideposts are numbered 1 to 12.  Two of the best (and most accessible) lookouts are near the start and near the end of the trail at guideposts 2 and 11.  The hike is approximately 1 km to guidepost 2 and 1.5 km to guidepost 11.  If time is short and you wish a quality vista shot check these two spots first.  If time allows hike the entire trail.  Wear good footwear since often times the rocks are slippery.

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Her Excellency Sharon Johnston Visits Local School for Mental Health Initiatives

Sharon Johnston visits St. Michael Catholic High School

Her Excellency Sharon Johnston made a special visit to St. Michael Catholic High School in Kemptville, Ontario on April 25th, 2016 to learn about student mental health initiatives.  45 Degrees Latitude was asked by the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario to capture this special occasion in the form of a short highlight video.

The video was captured in 4K and optimized for YouTube and posted on the CDSBDEO Facebook Page.  Her Excellency gave a inspiring speech in the school gymnasium and completed the St. Michael CHS walk for Defeat Depression during her visit.

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How To Apply or Edit Closed Captioning To YouTube Video

One of the greatest benefits of hosting videos on YouTube is the ease closed captioning (cc) can be applied.  Once applied, the viewer can choose any one of 100+ languages, choose a font and background colour to their liking directly on the YouTube player and watch the video. In most cases the default settings are adequate.

Here are the steps to adjust the closed captioning.

If Editing YouTube’s Automatic CC or
Uploading a Transcript (see below)

A. Editing YouTube’s Automatic CC

  1. Go to your Video Manager in YouTube > Click on Edit of the video you wish to apply cc.

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2. At the top of the screen, click on ‘Subtitles and CC’ (above).

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3. The screen above will appear.  You can click on the ‘English (Automatic)’  and this will show the cc Google’s voice recognition has created.  There are bound to be errors especially in punctuation, name of persons or if the audio recording is not clear.

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5. By selecting the blue ‘Edit‘ box you can edit the punctuation and cc directly in this sidebar. Click ‘Publish‘ when completed.  If you play the video and select cc in the player your closed captioning sequence will appear.

 

B. Uploading a Transcript (rtf file)

1. If you would rather upload a transcript, prepare a rtf as you would like the cc to appear.

2. Go back to Step 2, click on ‘Add New Subtitles or CC’ and the screen below will appear. Click on ‘Transcribe and auto-sync‘.

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3. Copy and paste your rtf document into the empty text box so it appears like below:
Check your text, then click the blue ‘Set Timings‘.

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4. You will now have to wait while Google automatically matches your transcription with the automatic voice recognition.  This may take several minutes.

5. You may have to refresh your browser, click on your ‘My Drafts’ to see your new cc. The screen below will appear:

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6. You can edit your new cc or if you like what you see click the blue ‘Publish’ button.

7. Review your cc video and that’s it!  Well done!

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Community Living MSD Injury Prevention Training Video Completed

MSD (Musculo-skeletal disorder) injuries can be prevented in the workplace.  A video produced for Community Living with the help of staff from Community Living Prince Edward (CLPE) was completed in March 2016.  This video is hosted on the Public Services Health & Safety Association YouTube Channel.

45 Degrees Latitude thanks the CLPE staff & Walsh & Associates for making us feel welcome and providing all the great service during our filming.

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Website Created For New Debt Buying Service in Ontario – Debtbuyers.ca

Sell your debt to debtbuyers.ca45 Degrees Latitude was asked to create a new website for Debtbuyers.ca – a new service in Ontario!  Debtbuyers is not a debt collector or a collection agency. It’s a service that allows businesses to actually sell debt taking the anxiety away from business owners.

Collection agencies are not effective for ‘professional debtors’.  Debtbuyers.ca gives businesses another option to handle bad debts.

A basic website was created for Debtbuyers along with SEO principles.

 

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Ken Hook to Speak at Kingston Photo & Digital Media Convention, May 2016

KXO Media Photo Digital Media Convention

Ken Hook, Co-founder of 45 Degrees Latitude Video and Ontarioseo.net will be one of many instructors at the new Kingston Photo Digital Media Convention.  The Convention will take place at St. Lawrence College and will be the first of it’s kind in Kingston.

Ken will hold 2 seminars: ‘The Power of YouTube’ and ‘Getting Your Website Found on the Internet Using SEO’ each 45 minutes in length.

The Convention is managed by KXO Media Inc. – an organizer of other shows/conventions in the Kingston area.

Come for two high-impact days of The Kingston Photo & Digital Media Convention 2016, from May 12th to 13th, 2016. Meet the “who’s who” in the Photo & Digital Media Community in Kingston Ontario, gain new insights and share ideas with fellow photo & web business pros. Whether you’re just getting started or you’re an expert, the Kingston Photo & Digital Media Convention 2016 will give you the latest strategies and information to increase your own knowledge and grow your business.

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4 Tips For Producing a Perfect Audio Audition Voiceover – For Beginners & Experienced Artists

Audio wave - produce a proper audio auditionAs a Videographer and Video Editor I frequently need professional voiceovers.  Typically I use voices.com – a service that lets me upload a script, select preferred criteria for the voice such as gender and age, and receive auditions.  A final script is uploaded and I usually select a paragraph and ask the voice artists to audition the paragraph so comparison is easier.

I quite often receive over 100 auditions for any script over a period of 2-4 days.  As you can imagine competition is fierce.  I short list the auditions to the best 5-10 and send the auditions to my clients for final selection.  Any one of the short listed auditions will do the job nicely.

As a potential customer I have some tips for voiceover artists, particularly new ones breaking into the business.  It surprises me how many auditions are actually poor quality.  Your audition must be perfect and high quality to be considered for the job (as I said earlier the competition is fierce).  Ensure the following:

1) Your audition must be void of background noise and hissing/hums. You would be surprised how many I delete right away because of poor quality.  If your audition isn’t ‘clean’ your pro-narration may not be ‘clean’ either so I won’t select you for the job.

2) Take the time to audition the paragraph selected by the Client (me).  All too often I receive demo clips with music or past ads.  While these are nice I never select these auditions.  Record my paragraph or don’t bother replying.

3) Make sure your audio is the right level – not too loud to blow my headphones off and not too soft so I need to turn up the volume.  When I receive a pro-narration I wish to insert it into my video editing program at 0 db then fine tune it.  Your audition should be at the proper level.

4) Voices has a ratings system. I submit my budget for the project when I post the job.  If my budget is $250-$500 for a couple minute voiceover I have never picked an offer over budget. This is especially true when the artist is not rated.  This is even more true when the audition is not clean and perfect.  The highest priced audition in my experience does not indicate highest quality.

Hopefully these tips will help artists get more jobs and not be deleted from the audition list at first pass!

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