Software for Creating Captions
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Media Access Generator (MAGpie) - external link
was developed by the CPB/WGBH
National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM)
- external link.
This software tool is designed to make it easy for multimedia content
developers to add captions to their audio and video content. MAGpie allows
the captioning of web audio and video content for use in Quicktime, RealPlayer,
and Window Media Player.
All of the movies on the WebAIM site have been
captioned using MAGpie.
Versions of MAGpie
There are versions of MAGpie currently available for free
download - external link
- MAGpie 1.0 can be used to export the captions
to three multimedia formats: Microsoft's
Synchronized Accessible Media Interchange (SAMI) format
- external link,
- external link for use with RealPlayer, and Apple's
QuickTime format - external link. It will also export
the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL) format - external link, which is a display language used to display captions in Quicktime and RealPlayer. Although you can export the captions to Quicktime, Real and Windows
Media, MAGpie 1.0 can only caption media files that are in Windows Media format.
- MAGpie 2.01 is the most recent version of their popular
web captioning tool. MAGpie 2 includes all of the features of MAGpie
1, and adds functionality to allow audio descriptions and captioning
for Macromedia Flash.
MAGpie 2 can play most media files, not just Windows
Media, and is available
for both Macintosh and Windows computers.
Although MAGpie 2 has more features and supports more formats, version
1 is easier to install and provides all the features that most users will
ever need. Both versions are still valuable.
Hi-Caption is HiSoftware's solution to help
web content developers quickly create synchronized captions for web multimedia. Hi-Caption provides
a development environment that allows users to caption and synchronize captions
to content while they listen to or watch their media files. Hi-Caption initially
saves the files as Microsoft's SAMI files, but these files can be converted
to RealPlayer and Quicktime SMIL files with RealText and Quicktime Text. The
file name SAMI stands for Synchronized Accessible Media Interchange and SMIL for the World Wide Web Consortium's Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language.
Additionally, Hi-Caption seamlessly integrates with HiSoftware's other accessibility
testing and monitoring solutions (i.e. AccVerify, AccRepair, and AccMonitor).
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