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Hack 90. Add Subtitles to a Google Video

Hack 90. Add Subtitles to a Google Video

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Creatingthetimecodesandcaptionsmanuallywouldbetoo

muchworkinmostcircumstances.Ideally,you'dbeabletosee

thevideoandsubtitleitbyjusttypingyourtextbelowit,inreal

time.There'sagreatandfreetoolavailabletoachievejust

that,too:SubtitleHorseathttp://subtitle-horse.org.

WhenyouvisitSubtitleHorse,youarefirstrequiredtoprovide

avideoURL.HereisasampleURLthatIwillenter(thevideois

atourthroughBlogger'svisualtemplaterearrangement

features):



http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6552945338831467357&hl



ClicktheSubmitbuttonandyouwillfindaFlash-basedtoolto

addsubtitlestothevideo,asshowninFigure9-11.Whenthe

videoplays,entercaptionsintheboxbelowit,andpressthe

Returnkeywhenyou'redone.Completetheprocessforthe

wholevideo.Finally,selecttheSubtitleHorsemenuentry

readingImport/Exportandchoosethe"exportsubtitles"option.

Choosetheplayerformat"video.google"andcopytheresulting



snippettoyourclipboard.

NowgobacktotheGoogleVideosubtitlesubmissionpage,

pasteyourcopiedtext,andhittheAddbutton.Pleasenotethat

thesubtitlesmaytakeawhilebeforetheyappearinyourvideo.

Whentheydo,theresultwillbesimilartotheoneshownin

Figure9-12.



SubtitleHorsemakescreatingcaptionfileseasy



SubtitlesonavideoshowcasingBlogger



Hack91.DownloadaYouTubeorGoogle

VideoFilmforOfflineConsumption

Createanofflinevideolibrarybydownloadingcontentfrom

YouTubeandGoogleVideo.

GoogleVideosometimesoffersyoualinktodownloadavideo,

butnotalways.AndYouTubeneverdisplaysthisfunctionality.

Whatifyouwanttohavethevideoonyourlocalharddisk,so

youcanwatchitwithouthavingtowaitforthefiletobuffer,or

viewitwhenyou'renotonline?

There'sasolutionforthis:severalsitesofferaserviceto

downloadYouTubeandGoogleVideofilmsforofflineviewing.

TheformatyouwillendupwithiscalledFLV(FlashVideo),so

allyouneedthenisalocalFLVplayer.

First,locatethevideoaddressinquestion.Goto

http://youtube.comorhttp://video.google.com,andjumptoa

specificvideo,asshowninFigure9-13.AtYouTube,theURL

willlooksomethinglikethefollowing—copydowntheaddressto

convertitlateron:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xQja0XMxfg

GoogleVideo,ontheotherhand,searchesthroughdifferent

videosites.TofindjustcontentuploadedtoGoogleVideoitself,

usethe"site"operatorwhensearching,asinthefollowing

example:

site:google.comcats



Alternatively,youcanalsoselectthecheckboxbelowthesearch

boxreading"videoshostedbyGoogle."Thevideoaddressyou

endupwithwillbesimilartothefollowingone(I'veremoved

unimportantparametersfromtheURL):



http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2068277021797460895



Second,downloadtheFLVfile.Nowthatyouhavethevideo

address,differentsitesareavailabletoconvertthevideotoa

download.KeepVidathttp://keepvid.comisoneofthem,andit

hasaneasy-to-useinterface,asshowninFigure9-14.(Ortrya

Googlesearchfor"downloadyoutube"andyou'llfindanumber

ofalternatives.)Justpastethevideoaddressintotheinputbox

andclicktheDownloadbutton.Thedownloadlinkwillnow

appearsomewherebelowtheinputbox.Clickthatlinkandwait

forthedownloadtofinish.Nowrenamethevideofiletohavean

FLVextension;thatis,changeitfromget_videoto

get_video.flv.



NOTE

YoucanalsoincludeaKeepViddownloadbuttoninyour

browser.Justdragthebuttonatthetoprightofthe

KeepVidhomepageontoyourlinkstoolbar.It'slabeled

"Dragthisbuttonontoyourlinkstoolbar"inFigure914.Then,whenyouareonaYouTubeorGoogleVideo

videopage,clickthebuttonreading"KeepIt!".Thiswill

forwardyoutoKeepVid,whereyoucanthenpickthe

downloadlink.

Ifyou'reusingFirefox,there'sanalternativesolutionto

downloadtheFLVfile,anditdoesn'trequireathird-partysite:

youcaninstalltheFirebugextension,whichletsyouseeand

individuallydownloadallthefilesthebrowserrequests,

includingFlashvideos.InstallFirebugfrom

http://getfirebug.com;abrowserrestartwillbenecessary.

Then,pickTools Firebug OpenFirebugfromthemenu.Ifa

linkappearsofferingyoutoEnableFirebug,clickitaswell.Now

visittheYouTubepageinquestionandletitloadforabit.

TheYouTubevideo,stillonline-only



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