transcribing from video
signwriting at MAC.COM
Tue Jan 2 05:05:44 UTC 2007
January 1, 2006
> On Jan 1, 2007, at 7:23 PM, Stuart Thiessen wrote:
>> Actually, once ELAN is learned, then the issues that Kim
>> complained about can be easily resolved as far as the forwarding
>> and rewinding issues are concerned. ELAN allows the user to go
>> through the video and essentially "bracket" the sections that he/
>> she wants to focus on. So you can go through the video and isolate
>> each sentence or each phrase. Then you can play each sentence or
>> phrase one by one in a loop if you want until you have got a
>> transcription that you like. Quicktime or a VHS player cannot do
>> that as easily. ELAN can be used in a general or detailed fashion
>> depending on your needs.
>> For VHS to video, I tend to copy the VHS tape to my video camera
>> and then load the video from the video camera into my Mac to
>> convert it to Quicktime-compatible file. That's a Mac way. I'm
>> sure something similar can be done on the PC.
Gosh...I had no idea that Kim was asking about technology...I thought
you asked me, Kim, how I transcribed video when I didn't even know
how to sign years ago? and asked if it was my dance training that had
helped?...so that issue had nothing to do with what technology I
used...so the purpose of the Video Transcription course will be to
teach SignWriting and Movement Writing related to movement analysis
rather than the technology issues...
Here is what Kim asked in her original message...
>>>> Kimberley Shaw wrote:
>>>>>>> I am wondering how on earth you were able
>>>>>>> > to transcribe from video when you were not yet a signer.
>>>>>>> > Was it the dance training?
>>>>>>> > Have all of you other signwriters got some special wisdom
>>>>>>> to share with
>>>>>>> > Or just useful tips?
And yes I have some useful tips...but not relating to technology ...
relating to movement analysis... (see below)
Since technology was brought up however....
Let me share with you some of the ways I have used technology when
In 1984 I transcribed a video of Bernard Bragg discussing SignWriting
in ASL. That article was the feature story of our last SignWriter
Newspaper Issue in 1984...before we stopped production of the
Newspaper...I wrote the entire article by hand with ink pens, and I
stopped a videotape machine frame by frame, with buttons on and off
and pause, to do the painfully slow job...but it got done...I
remember I was up all night...48 hours without sleep...to do the
video transcription...that was before I had a personal computer...
someday I would like to re-write that article in modern SignWriting
for publication because Bernard said some interesting things in ASL
about writing ASL...
That technology, Kim, is too slow and not accurate enough, because it
is hard to pause the video properly...so if you are still doing that
then I hope you can get a video player, and hook it up to a computer,
and make a Quicktime or other kind of computer video file from it...
I did that for the video transcription that I did of Darline's ASL
Goldilocks in 1998...
We taped Darline in High-8 tapes...but whether it is High-8 or video
doesn't matter...I got a player for the tape...in my case a High-8
player machine...I rented it briefly...and hooked it to my Mac and
copied the video into the computer and then returned the High-8
playing machine to the place where I rented it from...then from
there, I had video files that could be stopped and started right on
your computer screen...now I own a High 8 player because I have so
much High 8 ASL tapes...
What is my technique of movement analysis?...In the case of
Goldilocks, I created a screen capture of the beginning and ending
position of each sign (a photo from the video). I placed all the
photos in sequence in vertical columns and wrote each beginning and
ending position based on the photos, and placed the movement between
the positions...then I went through the whole document and eliminated
some positions, replacing the movement symbols with movement symbols
that would give you information about the position you eliminated,
until I had the vertical document I wanted...
The result looked like this web page:
but 64 pages of it!
Now I don't need to capture photos of the beginning and ending
positions any longer, because I am so skilled and I see what is
needed without going through that step, but it is a great way to
begin...taking still photos of the beginning and ending positions
also helps teach others about how to write the signs...so the photos
are useful later for other purposes...
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