Captioning your videos #4: Overstream

May 18, 2007

(EDIT on 10/5/2007:  Overstream has added the ability to export .srt files which can easily be uploaded to video hosting sites to subtitle / caption those videos.  See my related blog post.)

On a tip from, again, commenter drmzz, I checked out Overstream. And yes, I captioned a third “bonus” video, this time of my younger daughter — see the end of this post.

Overstream logoOverstream is a web service dedicated solely to adding subtitles to videos already stored on several other video hosting sites. As Overstream says:

Have you ever wanted to customize an online video by adding your own comments or subtitles in any language, or wanted to send a custom video postcard?

All of this is possible with Overstream: using our online Overstream Editor, you can easily create and synchronize your subtitles to any online video*, store them on the Overstream server, and send the link to the subtitled video overstream to your friends.

* From a list of video providers supported by Overstream.
At the moment, YouTube, Google Video, MySpace Video and Dailymotion are supported. This list will continue to grow.

I checked it out by captioning a YouTube video of my younger daughter enjoying her first birthday cake a bit too enthusiastically. It was relatively easy to add subtitles once I got the hang of controlling the time-lines (remember, I rarely read user manuals!), and it actually became fun to add one series of subtitles after another. It was easy to manipulate the strings of subtitles — I was able to move them, time-wise, by dragging on their colored boxes along the time-line, or lengthening / shortening them by using special buttons. And before I knew it, I was finished. I was kinda disappointed — I wanted my 33-seconds video to be longer so I could add even more subtitles!

(Click on the image to see a larger size)

Overstream snapshot

But then I ran into a problem. Just like for videos made through JumpCut, I was unable to post the Overstream video directly onto my blog. See, my blog runs on WordPress, and WordPress is pretty strict about embedding multi-media content. (Now, if I were using Blogger, it’d be fine. Hmm, maybe it’d soon be time to switch …) I’ve been in touch with the administrator of Overstream, Max, who seems to be a very cool person. We’re working on this problem right now, but WordPress is being stubborn. (EDIT 9/17/07: Overstream has been updated, and the ability to export SRT files has been added! See my later blog post discussing this.)

In addition, Overstream does not store the video on its own server. Instead, the video of my daughter eating cake is still on YouTube. Rather, Overstream just, well, overstreams a series of subtitles onto the YouTube video. That means I cannot download the subtitled video onto my computer or even elsewhere. I can only embed it (which doesn’t work for my blog) or link to it.

I give Overstream a two-thumbs up because of the ease of adding subtitles / captioning and the array of tools available to do this task. Way to go, Max (and it’s not just because he put my daughter’s video on Overstream’s front page)!

Link to my daughter's videoAnd so, link I shall, to my video of my daughter. Here’s a clickable thumbnail as well. Enjoy.

(I previously discussed captioning via Windows Movie Maker, Jumpcut, and Subtitle Workshop.)



19 Responses to “Captioning your videos #4: Overstream”

  1. Alison Says:

    :-o at Laine! Wicked.

  2. billcreswell Says:

    This is a great Series!

  3. billcreswell Says:

    Oh man… got halfway through editing a you tube trailer, and the site said it was unavailable. I think it might have been blocked somewhere, because the video was still on youtube.

    But Logging off overstream and logging in, it came back on.
    Here’s my first captioned stream:

  4. proudgeek Says:

    Oh my goodness! Thanks, Bill! That was the first time I’ve ever seen a movie trailer like this captioned / subtitled. Thanks for subtitling this one — very, VERY exciting, even more so now for me now that I could understand the words.

  5. […] video editing software or web services, with the possible exception of Overstream (see my recent review), dobSUB proved the easiest to upload videos and then add subtitles to them. I created my account […]

  6. Bill Says:

    Thanks – I did two videos shrek 3 and spiderman 3

    before I discovered:

    With subtitles created for trailers of movies that contain Subtitles/Mopix information when released.

  7. […] months ago, I told you about Overstream, a website where you can easily add subtitles / captions to your videos. Several of you (including […]

  8. Bill Says:

    I am now up to 19 videos captioned on overstream.
    I have started to display them.

    It’s partly your fault!

  9. proudgeek Says:

    Ha, Bill! I’m always happy to contribute to the delinquency of fellow geeks! :-) I’m out of town and away from a computer (horrors!), but will certainly check out within the next couple days.

  10. Bill Says:

    Eeek! No Computer! That’s terrible!

    I don’t know about you and your treo, but I sure wish my bb had flash player support!

  11. Bill Says:

    Do you know Wierd Al?

    This video captioned for the g33ks
    “It’s all about the Pentiums”

  12. […] video was subtitled for us fellow deafies and posted onto Overstream. Thanks, grwebguy! And thanks, Bill, for pointing me toward this terrific […]

  13. proudgeek Says:

    Bill — your website is great! I wanna blog about it soon. I’m obviously back home in computer-land, WHEW. For the record, I can watch Youtube videos on my Palm Treo using Kinomo Player. A terrific piece of software! And thanks too for the Wierd Al video – did you do the captioning for that one?

  14. Bill Says:

    Yea, I captioned it. I like Weird Al stuff- pretty juvenile of me….

    White and Nerdy by Weird Al.

    If I ever have to buy my own phone, I will look at Palm – my bb doesn’t do videos.

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