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Rebekah1
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Subtitles & Vimeo

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I'm a first-time developer, currently using Direct Publisher, as I am not a coder. I have a group of 13 videos that I'd like to make available for streaming through a Roku app. I thought this would be a simple process, just get a feed from Vimeo, but I'm running into some issues with captions, and I can't seem to find a solution.

Basically, I'm not getting any captions on the Roku app. I contacted support, and they said that they aren't getting subtitles in the feed from Vimeo. So, I contacted Vimeo support, and they told me that they don't currently support captions in their feed for Roku. But...it's required by law for me to include captions? So, I guess I'm just confused as to why Vimeo advertises this as a simple process, but most developers can't actually use that feed because they don't support captions (I believe there are some exceptions for shorter videos, I've got 13 30-minute videos in the form of a TV show).

As I said above, I'm not a coder, and I'd like this process to be as simple as possible...but I also don't have the budget to pay someone else to develop this app for me. Are there any solutions/workarounds that I'm missing? Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get captions to show up on my videos?

Thank you in advance for your help!

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AaronMSpelling
Level 13

Re: Subtitles & Vimeo

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than the only option i can see for you is to learn bright script  , install the Roku SDK pack ......  and you can do exactly just that. the only way you can ad captions is ......  programming .... at this point you  cannot upload captions like on youtube for example ...... it is just not the way Roku works.

 

Building a TV Channel can be easy … if you have a right tools ===>> https://tv-channel.info/

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Rebekah1
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Yeah, so, unfortunately it's an issue with Vimeo - for some reason, the feed they provide doesn't supply caption information to Roku (no idea why - it works just fine with AmazonFire TV...) We have captions uploaded to our videos on Vimeo, but they don't translate through the feed. Ultimately, we had to hire a company to code a new feed for us - they took Vimeo's MRSS feed and turned it into a JSON feed, which we can add .srt caption files too. It's a cumbersome solution for such a simple task, but once we got it up and running, it works!

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AaronMSpelling
Level 13

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i think that for you the best option is the actually add the subtitle you want "on your video" not as subtitle but as part of the video. just edit your videos and ad the text you want to use as subtitle directly on the video. 

 

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" But...it's required by law for me to include captions? "

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only you can know the answer. you know what content you use , where you want to show your content so on .... 

 

Building a TV Channel can be easy … if you have a right tools ===>> https://tv-channel.info/
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Rebekah1
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Thank you so much for your reply! I believe what you're referring to is "burned-in" captions - I'd really like to give the viewer the option to show captions or not, so I don't think that this solution is going to work for my situation.

 

What I want to do may not be possible with my current setup, but if anyone else has any ideas, I'm all ears!

AaronMSpelling
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than the only option i can see for you is to learn bright script  , install the Roku SDK pack ......  and you can do exactly just that. the only way you can ad captions is ......  programming .... at this point you  cannot upload captions like on youtube for example ...... it is just not the way Roku works.

 

Building a TV Channel can be easy … if you have a right tools ===>> https://tv-channel.info/

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Rebekah1
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Okay, not what I wanted to hear...but thank you for your expertise! I appreciate you taking the time to help me with this. Hopefully Vimeo/Roku will update their support for captions soon!

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AaronMSpelling
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happy to help 

Building a TV Channel can be easy … if you have a right tools ===>> https://tv-channel.info/
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freetochoose
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another option you have is to get a caption making software. My company uses it and it has worked fine for years on our old channel. We created .srt files from our videos using captioning software. 

We are trying to build a channel using the Direct Publisher software now and are running into caption issues. I am currently trying to find out what the issue is but there isn't much info on it unfortunately.

Have you found an answer to your problem? We too have our videos hosted on vimeo.

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Rebekah1
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Yeah, so, unfortunately it's an issue with Vimeo - for some reason, the feed they provide doesn't supply caption information to Roku (no idea why - it works just fine with AmazonFire TV...) We have captions uploaded to our videos on Vimeo, but they don't translate through the feed. Ultimately, we had to hire a company to code a new feed for us - they took Vimeo's MRSS feed and turned it into a JSON feed, which we can add .srt caption files too. It's a cumbersome solution for such a simple task, but once we got it up and running, it works!

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Baradanikto
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Let's clear up some confusion here.  You don't need to use the SDK to incorporate captions in your Direct Publisher channel.  DP does support a Caption object.  I've used it and it worked.

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freetochoose
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I can't seem to get my captions to work in DP. I am using the same captions that I used  with my SDK channel (same link and everything). I tried the format that was shown. I will post example below

{
"id": "21",
"title": "Sweden: Lessons for America?",
"shortDescription": "It’s been suggested that Americans would be better off if the United States had a more socialist economy, like Sweden. Do the Swedes know something that we don’t? Sweden: Lessons for America? delves into the economic and social landscape of the Swedish scholar’s homeland. Join him to see that the lessons to be learned from Sweden on Democratic Socialism may not be the ones you expect.",
"thumbnail": "https://freetochoosenetwork.org/roku/ftc/images/broadcasts/sweden.jpg",
"genres": ["documentary", "educational"],
"tags": ["", "", "", "", ""],
"releaseDate": "2018-09-08",
"content": {
"dateAdded": "2018-09-08T14:14:54.431Z",
"duration": 3403,
"videos": [{
"url": "https://player.vimeo.com/external/271911115.hd.mp4?s=28e072c9ea9d582bf733a014e0f603c0d0a5120a",
"quality": "HD",
"videoType": "MP4"
}],
"captions": [{
"url": "https://freetochoosenetwork.org/roku/ftc/srt/sweden.srt",
"language": "en",
"captionType": "CLOSED_CAPTION"
}]
}
}

 

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