Add the ability to upload a text transcript for the autocaptioning to use

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Add the ability to upload a text transcript for the autocaptioning to use
 01-07-2019
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The auto captions on Stream are pretty inaccurate, especially with Australian accents. 

 

YouTube allows us to upload a text transcript - the system uses the text we provide and just sets timings around it to complete an accurate caption. We can then choose to use this version as the master captions, and delete the automatic version. 

 

Could the option to upload a transcript text file please be added so that we don't have to rely on the autocaptions?

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Occasional Visitor

That feature would be incredible. There would be no excuse for someone to do captions then. If I could vote 1000 times I could.

Regular Visitor

Microsoft. Get on it, already. 

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I have the ability to add a caption and or a subtext file to my stream videos.  Do you not have this?

 

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I have that option and you can even edit the autocaptions.  We can with E2/E1, E3, E5 accounts.


@scottstmr1 wrote:

The auto captions on Stream are pretty inaccurate, especially with Australian accents. 

 

YouTube allows us to upload a text transcript - the system uses the text we provide and just sets timings around it to complete an accurate caption. We can then choose to use this version as the master captions, and delete the automatic version. 

 

Could the option to upload a transcript text file please be added so that we don't have to rely on the autocaptions?


 

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@Deleted and @Jeffrey Allen thank you. I have that option too. That upload option only allows you to upload VTT files, which are caption files that already have the timings set within them. My understanding is that you would have to manually go through the video and set timings around all of the text that's spoken, which would be a pretty time-consuming process. 

 

The manual editing of the autocaptions takes some time too since you have to do it line by line. 

 

What I would like to do is upload a plain text transcript file which just has the spoken words included, and Stream adds the timings to create a captions file. YouTube has this functionality and it would make the captions a lot better until MS' autocaption technology catches up to our accents. 

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As a workaround try Aegissub - very easy to use and free to create subtitles in a variety of formats

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@Daniel Needlestone thank you. If Microsoft can't currently handle this, what I'd be looking to do is upload a text transcript and a video file into a system and have it generate a subtitle file with the correct timings. 

 

Can Aegissub do this? I downloaded the portable version and had a look around but I think it mostly only works with existing subtitle files. 

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@scottstmr1 

I just did a bit of research. Aegisub doesn't support VTT format (though it's easy to convert). It should be possible to edit and upload in other software. Then you could download the autogenerated captions from stream, edit and upload again.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_subtitle_editors

Regular Visitor

If you find a solution do let us know. I'm just experimenting slowly now

Regular Visitor

I just tried https://app.closedcaptioncreator.com and you can edit the autotranscribed captions from MS Stream and reupload again - but haven't tested it fully yet

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Great suggestion @scottstmr1 . Agree that the current functionality to amend the auto-captions is painfully tedious..... would love the ability to upload a text file like YouTube, and sooner rather than later please Microsoft!