moderated Re: Accessing video subtitles with JAWS

paul lemm



Although this doesn’t directly answer your question, I haven’t tried it but there is an experimental add on for NVDA which I believe can read OCR in real time from a video. Again, I haven’t tried this, it seems people are using it to read subtitles (some people seem to be having more success than others) but if you want to read more about the add on there is a topic on the audio games forum, I’ll put the link below. Just talking subtitles, I know  on my iPhone voice over will read subtitles if I’m watching something on the Netflix  app which has subtitles (I know as I accidently turned on subtitles by mistake the other day hahaha). anyway, link to that NVDA addon topic below:



From: <> On Behalf Of James Benstead
Sent: 24 February 2021 19:04
Subject: Accessing video subtitles with JAWS


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?



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