moderated Re: Accessing video subtitles with JAWS

JM Casey

Yeah...there doesn't really seem anything else it could do, honestly.

In my opinion, the *only* really pleasant way to deal with subtitles is with a braille display.
I try to find .srt files on the internet, which are basically just text fiels with time codes.
It's not the best experience but, well, there are millions of films in languages I don't understand, so as a person who appreciates cinema, what else can you do? Lol

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Soronel Haetir
Sent: February 24, 2021 02:34 PM
Subject: Re: Accessing video subtitles with JAWS

I don't know a general answer but do know on youtube I've encountered videos with accompanying transcription text where the text is highlighted in time with the progressing video. I actually find this particular set-up incredibly annoying to deal with because jaws reads the changing selection as the voice on the recording advances.

On 2/24/21, James Benstead <> wrote:
Earlier today a friend of mine phoned me up to ask me about how JAWS
interacts with the subtitles on videos: both standalone video files
that play in apps like VLC, and videos that run in websites like YouTube.

I know that without very quick OCR, JAWS would always struggle with
subtitles that are "burnt in" to a video. But what about subtitles
that are included as a text file along with the video? Can JAWS access
these, and somehow synchronise them with a video as it plays?

In speaking to my friend it struck me that this isn't something I've
ever done, and that I don't know how to do it. My friend wants to know
because he produces educational videos for a publishing company, and
he wants to make them more accessible. It also occurs to me that
having JAWS read out subtitles could be used to create a form of audio description.

Do any of you know how to do this?

Too brief? Here's why!

Soronel Haetir

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