We saw your cry for help when you flashed that big Discovery Education logo in the sky, and faster than a streaming (not buffering) video here we are to save the day! Please excuse the Batman, Superman, and Mighty Mouse references – this author had previously succumbed to boyhood nostalgia).
OK we’re back and ready to provide you with Close Captioning information – More specifically; how to find the CC videos, what to do with them, and how to get them to play full screen.
Finding CC videos
Whenever you search for videos within unitedstreaming a CC file may appear as one of the video/video segments that match your search criteria. The catch is that you may have to scroll down and/or page through your search results to find the CC file(s).
However, there is a short cut to yielding only CC files in your search results. How you ask? The answer, my friend, is the Advanced Search feature. Click on the Advanced Search feature, type in a key word, scroll down, and place a check in the box next to the phrase, "Include only Closed Captioned Titles."
Now that you’ve found your CC files what can you do with them? Here are a few recommendations:
- Project the CC videos to assist struggling readers.
By projecting the words, students can associate the video’s images and audio with the words on your LCD screen, interactive white board, or television screen.
- Reinforce a vocabulary lesson by projecting CC videos
Show a CC movie/movie clip to your students and pause it when vocabulary words appear. Have your students go up to the screen, white board, TV and identify specific vocabulary.
- Reinforce a grammar lesson by projecting CC videos
Same principle applies here, only this time have your students identify nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc
- Use CC videos to teach English as a Second Language
For all of the reasons noted above, you can use CC files to help teach ESL students.
How do we play the CC files full-screen? And, even better, how do we download the CC videos? Great questions – here are the answers:
First a few notes
- You must have a Windows Media Player (WMP) to play CC files
- To play the CC files full screen you must have Windows XP and WMP 10 or higher.
- If you have a Mac you can play (stream) CC files with a Windows Media Player. However, downloaded CC files do not operate on a Mac.
Next you’ll need to make a few adjustments within your WMP. The adjustments and CC download instructions are listed below or, if you want to print them out, can be downloaded by clicking on this link: Download closed_caption_full_screen_viewing_steps.doc
- Right-click on the blue download icon next to the CC video or video clip of your choice and select "Save Target As" (Internet Explorer). Navigate to your desired location. Save the file including extension “.asf” (Tip: For quick access, save file to desktop.)
- Return to the unitedstreaming video/video clip page and right-click on the "CC" icon next to the video or video clip that you previously saved. Select "Save Target As" (Internet Explorer). Navigate to the same location as the video/video clip. Save the file including extension “.smi” (note make sure that you save the .smi CC file with the same title as the video example – Dogs_Playing.asf and Dogs_Playing.smi)
- When viewing the video, go to your location of the saved files and double-click on the Windows Media Player video file.
- Once Windows Media Player has opened, select “Play” on the tool bar at the top of the player. (Note: You may have to hover your mouse directly above the player to make the menu File, View, Play, Tools, and Help appear.)
- Scroll down to “Caption and Subtitles” and make sure that “On if Available” has been selected.
- Click on the word Tools in your Windows Media Player tool bar
- Scroll down and click on the word "Options"
- Click on the "Security" tab
- Place a check mark next to "Run script commands when present"
- Place a check mark next to "Run script commands and rich media streams when the Player is in a Web page" (WMP 11)
- Place a check mark next to "Show local captions when present"
- Close Windows Media Player and re-open again by click on the Windows Media Player video file. Your video should play and captions should play across the bottom.
- You may resize the Windows Media Player window by clicking and dragging the corner of the player.
I hope that this posting has provided you with some creative ideas.
Stay tuned for our next episode when our blogeteers tackle the infamous…(The author apologizes once again for using the Super Hero reference)
Talk to you soon,
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