We now have two shows posting regularly on RT platforms with no specific timetable for when they'll be on YouTube: Red vs Blue and Camp Camp. Happy to say the results are pretty promising! This has made incredibly clear to us that we still have work to do when it comes to accessibility, especially in the case of closed captions. We want RT platforms to be a welcoming place for everyone including the hearing impaired, not to mention those of us who just prefer to read our dialogue with the sound on.
By way of update, we're working now to try to move up in our development timeline the implementation of captioning. It's a multi-faceted feature that uniquely requires shifts on both the production and the engineering side, so it's going to take time for us to do it right. And we want to do it right!
To start, our goal this year is for most productions to deliver their content for QA and publishing at least 1 week before airing (yes, there will always be exceptions). Last year the goal was 1 day before airing, so this is a pretty big shift. The year before, we frequently received videos hours or minutes before they were scheduled to go live. One week likely seems insane for those of us accustomed to the immediacy of the digital video world, but it's still a crazy quick turnaround compared to a traditional/legacy network; they get their content months in advance of airing.
Having videos this early allows time for us to do a lot with that source file, including sending it to a third party captioning house (along with a script, where available), and having them send us caption files in multiple formats (and languages!) for all the devices where you can watch us. We're exploring automated caption generation (there are a lot of open source options), but we aren't confident that will serve all our needs especially in the case of videos where a lot of people talk over each other (we've all seen the automated captions on YouTube...). Moreover, the automated option takes about the same amount of time to implement as the manual option, so we might as well do it right the first time.
When this feature does roll out, I expect it will start with new uploads only, while we also work through the library (6000+ hours is a lot to get through). There's also a chance that at launch, captions don't show up on new uploads immediately - again it's going to depend on how early we received the video, allowing for time for it to travel to the captioning house and then back to us.
- Pilot month is going really really well! We hope you liked all of them; by the looks of it you really did. Make sure you come back Thurs at 11a CT for the premiere of Rooster Teeth's Murder Room!
- We're in the final stages of prepping our fully-programmed linear networks(!). The AHTV cult is about to get a schedule every day, watch out.
- Production starts TODAY on The Wierd Place, the show we announced a few weeks back where the AH team navigate their way through a series of interconnected escape rooms. If you haven't yet, check out Meow Wolf, where we're shooting these first few episodes.
- Let's Play GTA V now posts on Saturdays on FIRST. That was the only day when we didn't have a LP video posting, and it felt lonely, so we fixed it.
- There is so much more going on that I can't talk about yet and it's killing me but you are going to be so happy.......
Hope everyone is having a good short work week!