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Summarizing Videos

Jenny Oct 04, 2017 09:19AM MST

It is stated that transcribers are to summarize videotapes, both captioned and uncaptioned, but there is no more clarification on this.

If a student is being shown a full-length film with captions, are we to summarize the entire film? Each scene? Give a summary at the end of the film? And how long should this summary be? I'm a bit confused thinking that summarizing each scene or the entire film could be distracting for the student and possibly cause them to miss reading the captions on the screen. I would like to do what is best for the student and what is required.

I'd appreciate more direction on this. I have had previous coworkers who merely write [video with captions] and nothing else. Now I have coworkers saying we need to summarize every video -- I am just uncertain as to what that really means and entails.

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Kate Ervin Oct 04, 2017 10:44AM MST TYPEWELL Agent

Hi Jenny,

I just re-posted your message on the Transcriber Google Group, so that you can benefit from the perspectives of hundreds of other transcribers. If you’re not on the Google Group, please send us an email: support@typewell.com

You’re right that we don’t focus on video summaries in the TypeWell Basic Skills Course. Here’s what I recommend (if the video IS captioned): type a quick transcriber comment enclosed in square brackets, indicating that there was a championed video about ____. That is, provide a one-line summary/description or simply the title of the video (if they show a whole movie), so that the transcript contains a record of which video was watched. It could be helpful for a student, AFTER class, to see that brief reminder of what the video was. That provides context for the ensuing class discussion that you will capture in the transcript.


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