[Accessibleweb] WGBH Releases CC for Flash tool (fwd)

Rick Ells rells at cac.washington.edu
Thu Mar 8 10:34:42 PST 2007

This looks interesting. Would someone on the list like to get a copy and
give it a try?

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Mary Watkins
mary_watkins at wgbh.org
phone: 617 300-3700 voice
617 300-2489 TTY

March 8, 2007

WGBH Access Division Creates "CC for Flash" to Simplify Captioning for
Adobe Flash Technology

Accessibility and Search Enhanced by Free Tool; Easy-to-Embed Flash-
Based-Media Player also Available

Use of Adobe(r) Flash(r) technology to add dynamic and engaging video
content to Web sites is growing exponentially. With WGBH's new solution,
developers are able to more easily add captions in Flash. Now, millions of
users who are deaf or hard of hearing are better able to experience
Web-based video in Flash and search engines are able to capitalize on
captions as search metadata for SWF content.

WGBH, Boston's public broadcaster and a decades-long pioneer in developing
access solutions to media for audiences with disabilities has created a
component for Flash, CC for Flash, that can be authored into any SWF file
for playback in Adobe Flash Player. The component is easy to use, and
freely available from the NCAM Web site at


Funding for development of CC for Flash was provided by a grant to WGBH's
Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM)
from the NEC Foundation of America, with additional support provided by

CC for Flash: The Details

* Uses external files produced in the W3C's Distribution Format Exchange
Profile (DFXP) of the Timed-Text Authoring Format.

* Imports existing formats such as Apple QuickTime's QTtext, with support
for Microsoft's SAMI format soon to follow.

* Exposes many of its internal functions through ActionScriptTM language
so that the author can control and customize many of the features.

* Can play back caption metadata that has been embedded in the video by
tools such as Captionate.

* Can be linked to any video playback components in Flash or directly to
Netstream objects in the SWF of the FLV file.

* Allows the author to set the caption display box coordinates and default
text attributes, like background color, text foreground color, font face
and size, opacity, etc., at authoring time. At playback time, any text
attributes that are explicitly defined in the external caption file will
override the defaults.

* Captions can be added after the video content in Flash is posted,
allowing for flexibility across production and distribution environments.

* Allows captions to be searched.

* Comes with an optional player, ccPlayer for Flash, which allows those
unfamiliar with Flash programming to embed video content in Flash into a
Web page with minimal effort.

* Is compatible with Flash MX2004 (7) and 8 authoring packages.

A Best Friend for CC for Flash: MAGpie

MAGpie, NCAM's free do-it-yourself captioning and description application
allows developers to create captions once, and then to output those
captions in multiple formats, including QuickTime, Windows Media, and

NCAM has now added the W3C's new timed-text format, the Distribution
Format Exchange Profile (DFXP), to MAGpie's caption export options. MAGpie
version 2.0.2 is the only tool available today for authoring DFXP caption
files. With MAGpie and CC for Flash, it's now easier than ever to provide
captions for Flash Player compatible video content.

WGBH's Media Access Group can also provide Flash caption authoring
services for long-form content not easily handled by MAGpie, and for
producers who would rather outsource their captioning work. WGBH's Media
Access Group, since 1972 the leader in providing captioning and
description to the broadcast, film, educational and online media worlds,
is now the first organization that can provide DFXP captions for Flash

About NCAM and WGBH

The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at
WGBH is a research, development and advocacy entity that works to make
existing and emerging technologies accessible to all audiences. NCAM is
part of the Media Access Group at WGBH, which also includes The Caption
Center (est. 1972), and Descriptive Video Service(r) (est. 1990). For
more information, visit access.wgbh.org.

WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcasting producer, the
source of fully one-third of PBS's prime-time lineup, along with some of
public television's best-known lifestyle shows and children's programs and
many public radio favorites. WGBH is the number one producer of Web sites
on pbs.org, one of the most trafficked dot-org Web sites in the world. For
more information, visit www.wgbh.org.

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