Re: NVDA - Can it read the subtitles in movies?


Hello all,

Last time I checked, KMPlayer could output reading aloud of subtitles only via SAPI5 - no screen reader involved in this case. I don't know if braille output is possible in this case, but somehow - I doubt it.

On the other hand however, PotPlayer can output reading aloud of subtitles not only via SAPI5 or OneCore (with no screen reader involved), but with the screen reader involved (via UIA). The choice is left to the user. The options for configuring how the subtitle reading will occur Are located in PotPlayer's settings (opened with F5) -> Accessibility. The first group of options are for outputting via SAPI5/OneCore (TTS). The second group is for outputting via the screen reader. In the second choice, the subtitles are outputted as the title of the window. I don't know if this will help with reading the subtitles via braille, but you can try it and see. To stop the screen reader from reading the subtitles aloud via its voice, you can try disabling its speech (e.g. for NVDA - Insert+S or selecting "No Speech" as the current synthesizer). As I said - I'm not sure how well this will work, but try it if you want.

Hint: If you use the reading aloud via the screen reader option of PotPlayer and configure the screen reader to lower the volume of other audio while speaking, you can get a not bad dubbing result (winking smile).

P.S.: PotPlayer is also free as KMPlayer is, and I haven't noticed any bloatware in its installer.

Best wishes,
Kostadin Kolev

На 13.1.2020 г. в 21:53, Shaun Everiss написа:

Hmmm while I like subtitles in audio description and find that nice, I'd find it destracting if a synth did it unless it was a good synth.

Its been something I have been looking at for a while.

While yes I have the vocaliser code factory voices and while they do ok for books and general gaming, some of their pronounciations and such could be better.

I listened to neospeech and found out that a voice is round 300 dollars a year subscription.

And while making a few files was a secondary goal I wanted to read with my screen reader and or sapi.

I have listened to the ivona voices but they seem to have the same issues as vocaliser does after a while.

I have listened to the acapella voices, and I may eventually buy them.

I also know a place where older neospeech voices exist I could still buy but that site is so old and has a lot of old stuff I am unsure if it still exists or not.

On 14/01/2020 8:04 am, JM Casey wrote:

It’s been a while since I did this, but personally I download subtitles from a site like this one and read them on a braille display, since I want to hear the voices of the actors and not a synth. It is hard to keep up sometimees and there is no syncing with the video since I just read as a text file, but it’s doable, though sometimes you have to be a fast reader. Sighted people have this issue too though of not always being able to keep up with fast dialogue, even if they are at a bit of an advantage.




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Sent: January 12, 2020 3:22 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA - Can it read the subtitles in movies?


For various reasons, the subtitles for many English and foreign films are available at . Keep in mind that the subtitle standard is to record the speaker name for every line, but many publicly contributed subtitles simply don't. Timing can also be extremely frustrating.


On Sun, Jan 12, 2020, 3:03 PM Gene <gsasner@...> wrote:

I suppose you could turn off the sound of the film and just read the subtitles.  But if you are going to do that, you might do much better, in terms of accessibility, to see if the script of the movie is available.  There are some sites that are completely useless such as Scriptorama, (spelling) because the person goes through all the trouble of transcribing script after script, and doesn't include any information such as who is speaking and the setting.  There are other sites that have full scripts, but you will get earlier drafts on some sites, not the final scripts and there may be important differences.  So be careful what the site tells you about the script.


Actually, as I think about it, it might be cumbersome, but using a script from Scriptorama, maybe you could use it to find passages that are unintelligible in the film and read them while stopping the film, then returning to the film.



----- Original Message -----

From: Brian Vogel

Sent: Sunday, January 12, 2020 12:19 PM

Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA - Can it read the subtitles in movies?



        I get what you're saying, but just imagine what it would be like to have the dialog, the background noise that's part of the scene, and synthesized subtitles all being churned out at the same time.

        I understand what you're trying to solve, but I don't think that adding "a third layer" that's also presented auditorily will actually do that.  I guess it can't hurt to try, if it's possible, but I suspect a "making it worse, not better" outcome.

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 1909, Build 18363  

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