A few months ago, I opened a message from someone who watched a video of mine. The message said:
“I am intrigued from reading what the people have commented on your videos. Not to mention your charismatic expression…
One teeny-weeny problem here: I am deaf and cannot understand what you have been saying on the videos. I wonder if it is possible to subtitle your videos. The subtitles also benefit the hearing people who are learning English as foreign language.
I know the technology to add the subtitles exists, but it is not always this easy sometimes.”
This really got me thinking. I had never really thought about how the hearing impaired really can’t watch online videos and get the full effect, unless someone manually put captions on the video itself, or if the video featured signing. It’s been something on my mind and something I personally have been trying to work on. I want everyone to be able get the message — not just in my video, but in everyone else’s as well. (more…)