Work around to get subtitles w/ a VCR and my Mac

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  1. ron45 macrumors member

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    I don't know if it's even possible.

    I do know there is speech to text software. What would I need to route the audio from a video cassette to my mac pro and see the text on the HDMI equipment playing back the video. I realize there could be some delay between audio and video. I some times see that on DVD and it's usually the audil lagging a few tenths of a second. Perhaps there is some kind of look ahead software to help w/the lag. I was impressed with the Sony VCR that got recommended to me for this purpose. The color is somewhat muted compared to blu ray but it's not a problem. The lack of subtitles IS. The sound on these is not the best. Supposedly this VCR has some kind of edge tracking that helps with the image. I only skimmed thru the hype once.

    `Hope I'm not wasting our time.

    Ron
     
  2. Flint Ironstag macrumors 6502a

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    Off the top of my head, I'd hit the Dragon Dictation (or whatever they call it these days) forums and ask if anyone has had success feeding prerecorded audio.

    Once you capture the audio to text, I'm sure there are apps that can sync it to the speech. Sorry I don't know of any specifically, but VLC allows audio and text offset independent of the video stream during playback.

    Let us know how the project goes!
     
  3. orph macrumors 6502a

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    you want speech to text to generate subtitles, in real time ?

    i dont know of any easy way to do it.

    i dont know of any way to do it in real time, iv done it with adobe premier & AE with some java but i still had to edit all the text myself.

    iv done subtitles myself most the time it's easier to do it by hand in PP or final cut.
     
  4. ron45 thread starter macrumors member

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    Flint..... Orph Thank you for taking the time to help. I will check on the Dragon forums to see what's possible. I guess it's not as simple a task as I thought.

    Ron
     
  5. thornslack macrumors regular

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    All modern Mac OSs have dictation built in, yes? No need for dragon although it may perform better. My brief fiddlings with OS Xs dictation seemed adequate. I would concur it probably would be easier to generate the text, edit it, and then craft a subtitle file. Then rip your casset and sync the two with VLC for playback off a computer. Translation and transcription in real time would be a doozy.
     
  6. orph macrumors 6502a

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    to tell the truth iv done it by hand most the time when i had to do it, it's a long and boring thing to do.
    getting the timing correct for each line of text is slow and boring.

    doing it with java can work but iv only done it once and since then iv just done it by hand
     
  7. thornslack macrumors regular

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    I don't know why I didn't recommend this before. Have you looked to see if a subtitle file exists for the video? There is a massive demand for subs and whole website databases exist with subs already done. Then it would be as simple as playing the video in vlc or some such and adding the sub file.
     
  8. orph macrumors 6502a

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    yes that's valid if it's a film or tv show.

    i have had to do sub's as part of post on projects, i assumed ron45 was doing subs as part of post production on a project.
     

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