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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Editing YouTube AutoCaptions

Did you know that it is very easy to use YouTube's AutoCaptions feature (known for inaccuracy) to create correct closed captions for your own videos? If you have never done this, here are the steps:

  • Login to your YouTube account
  • Click the drop down arrow next to your account name in the upper righthand  corner
  • Choose Video Manager from the options displayed
  • Select the video you want to edit
  • Click the drop down arrow next to the word Edit
  • Choose Captions from the options displayed
  • When the video opens on the right it will say Active Tracks with a box labeled English automatic captions already there.
  • Click that box and the automatic captions with the time codes will display.
  • Next, play your video.
  • When you catch a mistake in the captioning, click on the words and retype them correctly.
  • When finished, click Save a Copy. This creates a new caption track labeled as English.
  • If you did not finish the editing, you can choose the English version the next time and continue where you left off. Then click on Save Changes.
  • To view the captions, remember to choose the CC button and select English.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Freedom Through Forgiveness

Have you ever felt stuck?

Yesterday, I saw this deaf-friendly video [no audio, only music background] which helped me to see how I could be set free by looking at myself in a new way.

I couldn't wait to share it here. I am unable to embed the video, but you can view it for free here. I hope you find it as beautiful as I do.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The 4th of July and Your Dog

This is a photo of Rusty from 2006. He was "dressed up" to watch a 4th of July holiday parade.

Rusty enjoys being with people and attending picnics with good food smells and possible table scrap opportunities. But, fireworks, not so much.

Dogs' hearing is even more sensitive than humans and many dogs become frightened by the loud booms of fireworks. It's important to be considerate of our canine friends and keep them inside in a familiar environment if fireworks are audible in your neighborhood. You may want to turn on the television or radio at normal volume levels to help mask the sounds. In the morning, check your yard for any bits of fireworks left over from a neighbor's party. These tips will help your dog stay safe this holiday. More dogs run away from home at 4th of July than any other time of the year.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Perennial Pleasures

We cut back on our gardening this year and have not planted any annuals. As a result, there are bare patches in my garden beds. But, there are also spots of color from our perennials planted in previous years. Here are some photos of what's blooming now.