I don’t often do posts where I just link to or re-present content that appears elsewhere on the web, but I’m going to make an exception in this case, with a an extended preview to a link on Martin Hawksey’s MASHe blog…
Somewhen last year, I started to explore how we might use a Twitter backchannel as a way of capturing subtitle like commentary for recordings of live presentations (e.g. Twitter Powered Subtitles for Conference Audio/Videos on Youtube, Twitter Powered Youtube Subtitles, Reprise: Anytime Commenting, Easier Twitter Powered Subtitles for Youtube Movies). Further progress toward freestanding subtitles stalled for want of a SMIL like player that could replay timestamped text files.
Anyway, whilst I was watching Virtual Revolution over the weekend (and pondering the question of Broadcast Support – Thinking About Virtual Revolution) I started thinking again about replaying twitter streams alongside BBC iPlayer content, and wondering whether this could form part of a content enrichment strategy for OU/BBC co-productions.
…and then this:
which leads to a how to post on Twitter powered subtitles for BBC iPlayer in which Martin “come[s] up with a way to allow a user to replay a downloaded iPlayer episode subtitling it with the tweets made during the original broadcast.”
This builds on my Twitter powered subtitling pattern to create a captions file for downloaded iPlayer content using the W3C Timed Text Authoring Format. A video on the Martin’s post shows the twitter subtitles overlaying the iPlayer content in action.
This is exactly it’s worth blogging half baked ideas – because sometimes they come back better formed…
So anyway, the next step is to work out how to make full use of this… any ideas?
PS I couldn’t offhand find any iPlayer documentation about captions files, or the content packaging for stuff that gets downloaded to the iPlayer desktop – anyone got a pointer to some?
PPS Twitter backchannel cubtitle files for episode 3 and 4 of Virtual Revolution available here: The Virtual Revolution: Twitter subtitles for BBC iPlayer