Sunday, September 4, 2011

Search for videos in the dashboard

Up until now, you could only keep track of your videos (or videos you're interested in) by adding them to your favorites list. While this is enough in most cases, I've got comments from people who wished they could search for videos in the dashboard.

So I've added this option. Now there's a "Search for video" area in the dashboard that's similar to the one found on the main page. Note that this search will search all languages and (of course) can return videos that are not yet ready for viewing - that's what the dashboard is all about.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Don't loose your changes

Adding subtitles to a video is a lot of work. It takes a lot of time to write the transcript of the video, and to synchronize the subtitles. If you ever hit the back button or accidentally navigated to another page without saving your changes you probably lost some precious time and felt like you could choke someone.

Fear no more - we're not protecting you by confirming page navigations if there are pending changes that were not yet saved. If you make a change to a transcript, or modify something in the synchronization page and try to navigate to another page, you'll get the following warning:

You have pending changes. Are you sure you want to leave this page and loose changes?

Hope you'll never loose a change again :-)

Note: For the technical savvy, this is implemented using the onbeforeunload event, which is quite simple. I should have added it a long time ago.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Upload Subtitles Directly to YouTube

We've added support for uploading subtitles directly to YouTube.

After you've finalized the subtitles for a video, just click on the 'Publish' tab, fill in the optional title name for the subtitle track and upload the subtitles directly to YouTube.

Note that as per YouTube's policy, only the owner (or author) of a video can upload subtitles to it. If you're not the owner of the video, there's not a lot you can do. Maybe try to leave a comment on the video. Since links are not allowed in comments, you'll have to say something like:

I've added captions/subtitles to your video using YouTube Subtitler. Could you please upload these subtitles to YouTube so that everyone can enjoy this wonderful video with subtitles?

If you encounter any issues with uploading subtitles to YouTube, please let us know, it's a new feature and we're still trying to make sure we cover all the corner cases when communicating with YouTube.