Some time ago I held a special lecture about efficient note taking and learning in class. It was filmed, I have the edited the pieces and made a video. The sound is not perfect, so comprehension suffers; the plan was to write the subtitles and then go public.
Unfortunately, writing subtitles is not as easy as I thought it would be. After investing a lot of efforts into it, I gave up after the first 20min of the video. I don't remember the exact figures, but I think it took me about 1 hour to write the subtitles for the first 5 minutes of the lecture.
Things are relatively easy when I write my own words, but it is an entirely different thing when I have to write the subtitles for another speaker; the speech is barely audible and I have to review the same piece of the video over and over. Then frustration kicks in.
That's why it has been almost half a year since the lecture was held, the video is still not published, the text is still not written. Eh...
I've decided that the world will be better off if I release it 'as is' and ask for assistance in writing the subtitles.
- People can use the material, even if it is not 'perfect' (otherwise, keeping it only on my hard drive is definitely not going to do any good to anyone);
- The task can be divided into smaller chunks and distributed to several contributors, thus balancing the load;
- I may be told that there is a much easier way of writing subtitles - so I can learn something new :-)
- the write right rite - the video itself, currently it is hosted on blip.tv; the original plan was to write the subs and then upload the bundle to several torrent trackers and let the rest of the world take care of it :-)
- Subtitles, incomplete, as they are; there are two files inside, a .ass and a .srt; either of them can be used, though I prefer using the .ass because it supports various formatting options... which I do not use, but what the heck?
- Subtitle Workshop 2.51- the program I used for creating the subtitles, the best one I've found - and believe me, I've tried many. This doesn't mean you cannot find a better one ;-)
Please let me know if you're interested in continuing the subtitling task; if that's the case, we'll discuss how our efforts will be synchronized, and figure out which rewarding scheme to apply ;-)
To get started, download and install the program, download the video, unpack the subtitle archive. Run the program, open the subs, open the video - write the text, make the world a better place :-)
Otherwise, I hope you enjoy the video as it is. Feel free to share your thoughts and propose improvements to the methods that are discussed during the lecture.
P.S. if anyone can help me review the long video and remove redundant\boring\bad parts, then turn it into a series of smaller clips (one idea per piece) - let me know. This was part#2 of my master plan, but I am so far behind, that at this pace I will probably not be able to get it done before 2012 :-)
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