How to caption a video using Dotsub
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Hello. Thank you for joining us. Today we are going to learn how to caption a video using the Dotsub platform. You will notice how the system is very simple to use so you will be learning to caption in no time. The first thing that you need is to have a free Dotsub account, so if you don't have one, please go now to dotsub.com and click on "Sign Up Free" at the top right-hand corner of your screen and create an account for you. Once you are logged in, first locate the video that you want to caption and click on the video thumbnail. This will take you to the screen that you have right in front of you. This is the video page. Inside the video page, we need to locate the Caption and Translate section, and within that section, click on the Caption Video link. This is the link to the captioning interface. As you can see, the captioning interface is pretty straightforward. You have the video player in the middle, and then to the right, you have your toolbox. Your toolbox gives you the option to mark captions as complete, as ready. You can switch within timing modes, simple and advanced. You can delete captions that you have done already if you need to start over, and you can import and export captions that you have done already. The subtitle formats that are supported are .srt and .stl. You also have a link to this caption tutorial here in case you need to consult anything. And then you have the Go Back to Video Page link that takes you back to the page we came from. Then if you scroll down a little bit, you have the Add a caption line section, which is basically where the magic happens, where everything is done, and to the right, you have your keyword shortcuts. These shortcuts are the ones that you are going to use in order to get the video captioned, so please pay attention to them because in your computer, they could be different than mine. These shortcuts depend on your browser and your system, so don't worry if yours are different from mine. Just follow what you see on your captioning interface. Right now, as you see here, we have minutes and seconds under Add a caption line. I'm going to switch to the advanced timing mode so that I can time to the millisecond. The process is the same, but the result is more accurate, so I strongly suggest that you use the advanced timing mode. Once you have taken a look at your keyboard shortcuts and you have learned what you need in order to play the video, pause the video, insert the In Time code and insert the Out Time code, you are ready to begin. So first, you're going to click on the Add a caption box, and you're going to play your video. In my case, it is Command+Shift+O. I start listening to the video, and as soon as they start talking, I am going to pause it. The reason why I want to pause it is because I want to insert the In Time code at ease and I don't want to miss anything that is being said. As soon as you pause it, you're going to press Command+Shift+up arrow key, and that is inserting my In Time code as soon as the person starts speaking. Then I play the video again, and I'm going to listen a little bit to what they say and then I'm going to pause it again. After I pause it, I'm going to go Command+Shift+down arrow key, and I am inserting the Out Time code. After that, I am going to type in what I heard. You press Enter, and your line is saved. Everything is saved real time as soon as you press Enter, so you don't need to worry about losing anything. Then you play it again, you listen a little bit more, you pause it, and you insert again Command+Shift+down arrow key, a new Out Time code, and you entered a second line. Let's do one more line. I'm going to listen a little bit more. I pause it, I insert the Out Time code, and I enter my third line. When you press Enter, it is saved. You can go back and forth in the video with your keyboard shortcuts in case you want to listen to any part again so as to control and check whether what you have written is correct. Now in my computer, I do that by pressing Command+Shift+left key. As you can see, I go back, and I can play it again and take a look at the captions that I have created. Now let's assume I've made a mistake. In that case, you're going to pause the video, and you're going to locate the caption with a mistake, and you're going to click on the little pencil icon to the right of it. In there, you're going to make any edits that you need. Let's assume that this person actually started speaking a little bit earlier, so I'm going to edit the time code, and then when I press Enter, it is saved. Once you have done the whole video, you have captioned it all, you need to mark these captions as completed, and the reason why you need to do this is because you need to lock it so that somebody else can use it for translation. These captions that you're creating, this time code is going to be the master template for any translation that is done using this video. You would go to Mark these captions complete. The system is going to let you know that once you do this, you will no longer be able to modify the captions. This is perfectly fine. You are going to click OK. Once you do that, you are taken back to the video page and the captions are already, as you can see here below the video player, English 100%. This is what I have done. The process is very simple, as you have seen. You can play it here and take a look at how your captions look. Then anybody else can come in here and create a translation for this. 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