A component introduced in Adobe® Flash® CS4 Professional software provides the capability to display caption data from World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Timed Text DFXP files and caption data that is embedded in FLV files as cue points. The following tools and services support the necessary formats to make adding captions to video in Flash easy.
Captionate 2 is a Windows® application that embeds caption data into FLV files as embedded cue points. It embeds cue points into FLV files, which can be displayed by the FLVPlaybackCaptioning component in Flash. Support for the DFXP caption data format was added in the July 2007 release of Captionate 2.19 as a free upgrade for Captionate 2.0 customers.
Developers using Captionate benefit from the ability to caption FLV files directly, rather than having to use a different video format for the captioning process. Complete information about Captionate is available on the Manitu Group's website.
Caption Wrap is a software package that enables you to finalize the editing, encoding, and export of captions for post-production. Caption Wrap creates video programs with open or closed captions. With it, you can perform caption edits, and you can insert program breaks and make time code changes to individual captions. Caption Wrap interfaces with industry-standard closed-caption encoders, and it exports files for DVD (SCC) and as DFXP for Flash.
Learn more about Caption Wrap.
Hi-Caption Studio allows content providers to quickly and easily add captions to media created with Flash. It offers a viewer component for displaying the Hi-Caption XML format caption data and is planned to offer support for the DFXP caption data format supported in Flash CS4 Professional.
For more information about Hi-Caption Studio and to download an evaluation copy, visit the HiSoftware website.
MAGpie is a free tool from the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family at WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM). This do-it-yourself captioning application allows developers to create captions once and then output them in multiple formats, including DFXP. NCAM also offers a free component to display caption data in QuickTime and DFXP, named "CC for Flash."
For more information about MAGpie, visit NCAM’s website.
Funding for MAGpie is provided by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the U.S. Department of Education, and the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF).
Softel's Swift is the professional captioning workstation solution used by many major caption service providers. Swift now offers support for DFXP output, which enables most major caption agencies to offer support for captioning.
Softel offers detailed information about Swift on the Softel website.
Subtitle-horse is a free online application for adding captions to FLV videos and exporting the code in different formats, such as TimedText or SRT. Developers can also download the tool (built in Flash/AS3) and integrate it with their video CMS.
Subtitle-horse can be used or downloaded from the Subtitle-horse website.
Automatic Sync Technologies CaptionSync
Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) provides automated captioning, audio synchronization, and audio search tools for webcasting, broadcasting, and DVD applications. Leveraging their speech processing and pattern identification, AST provides clients with solutions for synchronized multimedia with quick turnaround, including support for the DFXP caption format.
AST’s CaptionSync automated captioning service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provides accurately timed captions in just minutes, at a fraction of the price of traditional captioning. For more information about CaptionSync, visit the Automatic Sync website.
Caption Colorado is a provider of captioning for real-time and archived media. It supports real-time captioning for Adobe Acrobat® Connect™ Pro meetings as well as DFXP.
For more information, visit the Caption Colorado website.
Media Access Group at WGBH
The Media Access Group at WGBH was the world's first captioning agency, pioneering access to television for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing. The group provides captioning services for broadcast, online, and DVD-based media, including support for DFXP.
For more information, visit the Media Access Group's website.
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