Interactive transcripts: more than just closed captioning

January 29, 2010 BY JOSH MILLER
Updated: February 26, 2018

We at 3Play Media are very excited about some work we’ve been doing in collaboration with Michael Lawson at MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program (ILP).  Today marks the first public launch of the time-synchronized transcripts that we’ve talked a fair bit about, or as we like to call them: interactive transcripts.  This is a great representation of what 3Play Media is all about!

Interactive transcripts live with the video file and provide an innovative user experience.  Each word of the transcript is actually a link and can be clicked to jump to that exact point in the video, as described on our site.

This article, “3Play Media Reshapes Video Landscape,” by Kathryn O’Neill goes into more detail about ILP and our role in the exciting launch.  It also shares some perspectives from media and speech experts on the topic.

Why is this interesting?

Efficient, low cost word-to-word alignment and transcript quality are often at odds.  There are providers who offer compelling solutions that include time data with keyword analysis and search, but few can offer the same transcript quality that we can.  On the other side, there are many transcription firms that offer fantastic quality, but they tend to be expensive and one-dimensional.  Time synchronization would be entirely additional process and cost.  All in all, our interactive transcript interface is pretty unique.

This will be the first of several such implementations in the coming months.  We’ll also be incorporating cross-library search features to allow users to search across many video assets within a library, then jump to the exact segment of their choosing based on the search results.

We’re very excited about this application of the technology and are constantly exploring new tools to take advantage of an accurate, time-synchronized transcript.  If you work with media or transcription, we’d love to hear what features could be useful to you.  Drop us a line!

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