Subtitle formats can seem pretty complicated. It may seem easiest to just choose whatever format is most popular or widely supported, instead of the one that’s just right for what you plan to do with the subtitles. To help you make the best decision, we’ve compiled our recommendations for the best subtitle file formats to … Continue reading What subtitle file format should I use?
According to the American Press Institute, 85 percent of videos viewed on Facebook are watched without sound. This is often a choice for many users. But for others, this is a necessity in order to access the content. For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, captions are the only way to enjoy, and … Continue reading The Importance of Subtitling: Accessibility for All
We’re very excited to announce the newly redesigned homepages of amara.org and pculture.org! We hope the redesign better reflects who we are, and what we have to offer. For those of you who aren’t familiar with PCF (Participatory Culture Foundation), it is Amara’s parent organization, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to building a more open, collaborative … Continue reading Amara and PCF have a new look!
Amara is dedicated to making the world a more inclusive and connected place. Last month, when Donald Trump signed an executive order for "extreme vetting" and banned citizens of seven Middle Eastern and African countries from entry into the US, we decided it was important for us to speak out publicly. We stand with refugees, … Continue reading We stand with refugees, immigrants, Muslims, and any others affected…
Michael Lockrey is Deaf, which means he depends on high quality captions for the videos he watches on the web. Unfortunately, many YouTube videos that are captioned use automatically generated captions. Automated captions are often inaccurate and, uncorrected, they can do more harm than good. This is partially due to the perception creators have, when … Continue reading YouTube Automatic Captions Need Work: A Chat with Michael Lockrey
If you haven't seen this PSA that focuses on violence against women, which aired during the superbowl, it's worth watching. Eme de Mujer, a website of the largest Uruguayan daily newspaper El País, shared the PSA (with Spanish subtitles) in this recent post. At Amara, it always excites us to see videos, such as this, … Continue reading A Powerful Superbowl Ad in Spanish – Subtitles in the Wild
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If you're in NYC tomorrow afternoon, a member of the Amara team will be joining a discussion panel at 3:30 pm, at the NYU event Translation-Machination. This event explores the changing circumstances of linguistic exchange and considers the implications of translation as a language technology from a media theoretical perspective. It's a free event and … Continue reading NYC Event Tomorrow: Translation-Machination (Feb 27, 2015)
Most orgs did 2014 wrap ups in the first week of January, but that gets a little overwhelming. We’re doing ours fashionably late instead – please enjoy! Accessibility volunteers, making a difference for others In 2014, we learned about reddit.com/r/CaptionPlease, an amazing community of accessibility-minded folks who caption short videos for anyone who requests them. … Continue reading Amara Newsletter (Feb ’15): A Fashionably Late 2014 Recap
Satoshi Kon, acclaimed director, animator, screenplay writer, and manga artist, made an impact on filmmakers around the world. In this video, YouTube channel Every Frame a Painting, dissects some of the unique techniques and ideas that Kon pioneered. The video also reviews specific points of influence Kon had in other filmmakers' films. Daily News Agency, … Continue reading Every Frame a Painting & Satoshi Kon – Subtitles in the Wild