How do we take a video of ourselves signing?

Cherie Wren cwterp at YAHOO.COM
Wed Apr 11 10:58:19 UTC 2007

The captions are from a previous version, the next to the last sign isn't right.  I think I have the newer version in the Puddle 1.5.  The sign in the captions uses an S fist, and throws of the 'rhyme' so I substitued the sign (wiht the help of one of the students from my school, I might add) you see me sign.


----- Original Message ----
From: Valerie Sutton <signwriting at MAC.COM>
To: sw-l at
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2007 10:03:28 PM
Subject: Re: [sw-l] How do we take a video of ourselves signing?

Hello Stuart!
Thank you for this suggestion...While we are on this subject of video  
on YouTube, I have a confession to make...

Cherie, I hope this was ok with you...One of our Board Members, James  
Short, wants to create videos with SignWriting captions on them, and  
I gave him a video that Cherie Wren had given me, to experiment with  
placing SignWriting captions on a video...the SignWriting is by  
Cherie Wren as is Little Miss Muffet

Here is the link to this experiment, located on the site,  
which is run by James is in James' message below...

Here is James' message to me:


Hi Valerie-

I put this together in about two minutes. The timing may be a little  
off and I have to figure out why some captions are smaller than  
others, but this only took me about two minutes! (press the "play triangle" to  
start video)

Can you tell I'm excited?



Val writing again:

To my surprise, when I just went up on YouTUBE to search for  
SignWriting, I found the Little Miss Muffet video there, without the  
captions! Cherie, did you place it on YouTUBE? Or did it get there by  
some other means?...

I am very sorry if James and my work on the captioning might have  
gotten onto YouTUBE somehow by mistake! I hope this was ok with you...

The internet scares me a little sometimes...

Anyway...thank you, Cherie, for sharing this wonderful video with us...

and what do you think of the captioning in SignWriting on videos?

Val ;-)


On Apr 10, 2007, at 6:42 PM, Stuart Thiessen wrote:

> One of the best ways to handle video clips would be for a person to  
> set up an account through one of the video online sites (I use  
> YouTube). Once you have an account, you can post video online for  
> people to see. For example, I posted my suggestion to YouTube to  
> give you an idea of what it could be like. If you follow this link,  
> you will see my suggestion on video: 
> v=F5vOW8rE_BE. Most video online sites support tagging, so you can  
> tag it as SignWriting. Then it would be easy to find any clips that  
> discuss SignWriting issues.
> Stuart
> On Apr 10, 2007, at 17:53, Valerie Sutton wrote:
>> SignWriting List
>> April 10, 2007
>> Dear SW Listers!
>> The SignWriting List is always free for everyone and it is the  
>> best way to get tech support for your questions. So no matter  
>> what, if you want free tech support, please post your question to  
>> the List and then someone will answer you!
>> It is great if you can post a very short video of you signing one  
>> sign... to show us what you want to write. It is important to see  
>> what we are writing sometimes!
>> There are three issues related to posting videos:
>> 1. They need to be very short, because the List software doesn't  
>> have much memory. So we have to be careful to just post a video of  
>> one sign at a time. If you have a larger video, you can send it to  
>> me privately and then I will post it on our web site temporarily  
>> so we all can go to a link to view it.
>> 2. Be sure you have permission to post a video that is of someone  
>> else...taking the video of yourself would be the best!
>> 3. But how do we video ourselves doing a sign? Some people know  
>> how to do that, but actually I do not...
>> I can take a photo of myself with Photo Booth or iChat AV on the  
>> Macintosh, and I do have a built-in iSight camera, but how do I  
>> video tape myself signing? and does anyone know how to do it on  
>> the PC?
>> So I hope someone can would you suggest videotaping  
>> ourselves signing something?
>> Val ;-)

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