iPad Pros Podcast Ep.177 — Tim and I talk subtitling videos on iPad

Interview / iOS / Making of Captionista / Uncategorized
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Tim Chaten was kind enough to invite me to chat about my app Captionista, iPad and Mac on episode #177 of iPad Pros podcast where we talk about the app’s origins and the challenges with social video captions and subtitles in general

“Most people think of captions and subtitles as an afterthought so we made the app to make it easier to do that stuff quickly… and make less mistakes. Because there’s nothing more demoralising than spending a lot of time making video content which is time consuming and difficult for many people anyway and then posting it and finding that your subtitles get cropped off in the feed because you didn’t think about the aspect ratio or position of them… and all these tricky things that you only learn by doing, and it’s painful.”

Tim and I covered a lot of topics including some key iPad and Mac apps I use, and a bunch of interesting nuances of subtitling and captioning videos: issues around speech cadence, reading speeds, the pros and cons of A.I. transcription and the fuzzy lines between subtitles, captions and animated titling.

I had a great time talking with Tim and I hope you’ll find it interesting! If you want to jump straight to the parts about subtitling that starts around the 50 minute mark!

The Author

Marc Palmer (Twitter, Mastodon) is a consultant and software engineer specialising in Apple platforms. He currently works on the iOS team of Concepts sketching app, as well as his own apps like video subtitle app Captionista. He created the Flint open source framework. He can also do a pretty good job of designing app products. Don't ask him to draw anything, because that's really embarrassing. You can find out more here.