In a recent discussion with Ben Langhinrichs on Facebook about closed captions on our YouTube videos I decided to look into it. Ben also produced a video on how to put custom closed captions in your videos, you can check that video out here, it is a pretty good technique.
What I found interesting, well actually funny, was what the auto closed caption did for one of my videos. I watched the Searchandizing with WebSphere Commerce video and turned on closed captioning – I know see why Ben provides his own script!
My videos are pretty “raw”, meaning, I am not a marketing person, I rarely script my videos out more than basic “tasks” and what I say in the videos usually contain a lot of “ums”, “ah”, and sometimes even verbal mistakes. So what did I learn? Well, I don’t necessarily speak clearly (apparently) and the closed caption proves that – or it at least proves the YouTube auto caption does not like my voice. I will say for the most part you can follow the words and get the point but here are some funny “translations” I noticed in this video, I highlighted my favorites:
|What I said||YouTube Auto Caption|
|websphere based||web server based|
|websphere search||web service search|
|suggested categories||harder koreans|
|enter on coffee||answer on caulking|
|are sofas||are cell phones|
|recommend sofas||rock’em and softens|
|sit on a sofa||and so forth|
Here is the video I reference if you care to watch with the auto closed captions turned on: