Captioning and Subtitling Videos

Looking for a way to contribute to We’re excited to announce that you can now help caption and subtitle videos with Amara. If you don’t have an account, sign up at — doing so allows you to save your subtitles in the middle of the process and resume later where you left off.

Steps to caption and subtitle videos:

Select a video’s download link.

 To the right of every video on, you’ll see a list of details. Under Download, choose the Med link next to the MP4 option.

MED download link


Feeds glorious feeds – to your door

We’ve been working behind the scenes to make it easier for you to watch tutorials wherever you are – online or off.

So you’ll notice now that on the front page of  (scroll down to the bottom) you can click to subscribe to our videos via the awesome, cross-platform, Open Source media center Miro. If you haven’t checked out Miro, yet, it’s an excellent way to download, watch, sort and browse web video, video podcasts, and even the video files on your computer. Better still, it’s totally Open, free to use, runs on pretty much any computer out there (although if you have a 10 year old system it might struggle with HD) and even brings you YouTube and other web-based video in glorious full-screen HD (source files allowing).

We’re big fans, if you haven’t guessed.

You can also subscribe to in your feed reader of choice, or iTunes, via the feed URL

In iTunes, head to Advanced -> Subscribe to Podcast, and drop in the URL above. You’ll be good to go and can then download any videos that tickle your fancy. 

We’re still working out a few kinks, but if you’re anxious to get your hands on our free (as in beer, as in freedom) tutorials in iPod-friendly MP4 format – you now have a bunch of ways you can do so.

Enjoy! – now playing on dotSUB

We’re listening to your feedback and trying to make a resource that as many people as possible can enjoy.

So, in addition to wanting to share your videos and content, we’re also keen to make the content made over here as accessible as possible.

Last week, as the next step in making this happen, I uploaded our current batch of tutorials to an excellent online video community called dotSUB. So as of now, there’s a complete collection of videos for you to browse.

The difference is, at dotSUB you can quickly and easily add translations and transcriptions to the videos, as inline (but also downloadable) subtitles. To get the ball rolling I’ve transcribed almost all of the videos into English – which will hopefully make them more accessible to people – both those who might have English as a second language, and those that might have accessibility issues.

But that’s just the first step!

(more…) the shape of things to come, blow-by-blow

Making – the future, now

We’ve just switched on Making, a development blog with real-time updates on what’s cooking at labs. It makes use of the freshly launched P2 theme, which you can use yourself on your blog (coming to a self-hosted blog near you, soon).

So what’s the idea with having a dev blog?

For one, to give you at-a-glance, real time updates of what’s being made, features under consideration, and content underway.We’re big fans of transparency, and this is really an experiment into how making the process of putting out a stream of bite-sized development updates in public might make for an all round better experience for everyone.

But the idea goes a bit deeper than that. In sharing the process, ideas on what could be better, and the day-to-day running of things, we’re inviting you to have your say, share your ideas, and help shape the way evolves over time. We’re still only just getting warmed up, and for major signposts you’ll be able to check in here in the blog. But if you want to get a bit more up close and personal, or are just interested in what goes on behind the scenes, Making is there for you.

Things you’ve been telling us= the future of

We’ve had some excellent feedback from you, and encourage you to share more of it – through the content form up there in the menu, or directly on the dev blog as it unfolds. Some of the things you’ve been asking about include:

  • Making it easier to experience in your language
  • Being able to subscribe to content in your RSS reader or podcatcher app (read Miro or iTunes)
  • Being able to download content for the sake of portability

We made our first step towards making a global community by adding language filtering recently. I wrote about it yesterday. This is, of course, a small step, and we’re starting to receive lots of ideas about what we could do to push things further in this direction for the international WordPress community. I’m looking forward to seeing how that unfolds.

As for being able to subscribe to feeds of your favorite categories, or a global feed – and by extension of that, download content – these are features that aren’t too far away. We’re fans of being able to take your media with you, whichever way you choose to access it – and I personally can’t wait to be able to subscribe to feeds in, say, Miro or iTunes. Stay tuned. needs you

As always, we’re keen to hear your ideas, to share your videos, and to make easier and more enjoyable for you to use. Every video you submit is reviewed, every idea logged, and every email responded to. If you experience differently, let us know – we’re all ears.

As always, your comments are welcome here, and of course on the new dev blog.

Screencasting Resources (Part One)

We’re keen to curate the best WordPress-flavored screencasts, videos and WordCamp presentations here at

Over time we hope to start adding all kinds of video content from members of the and communities. If you’ve thought about putting screencasts together yourself but aren’t sure where to start, check out some of the links below:



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 5,729 other followers