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July 09, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at July 09, 2014 08:36 PM

Screenshot from 2014-07-09 22:11:23

Amara’s new transcript viewer

Today we started using our new transcript viewer on every video embed on our site. Screenshot from 2014-07-09 22:04:23   The new embedder boasts a sleak design as it displays the searchable transcript.  You can click on any phrase to jump to that place in the video, easily switch back and forth between languages, and follow along as the text progresses.

Finally, the new embedder supports both video and audio files, so we now have video page playback support for mp3 and ogg audio as well.

We’re so happy to have the embedder on our website.  If you’d like to try the new embedder to promote captioning and translation of  your videos, the embed code is greatly simplified. You’ll find it in the usual spot on the video page or in the embed code usage guide.Screenshot from 2014-07-09 22:11:23 There’s a ton of changes in this release to production.  Here’s the complete list.

  • #1529 Replace widget with new embedder
  • #1585 New embedder does not work on Internet Explorer
  • #1566 update loading gif for embedder
  • #1563 Keep thumbnails in youtube videos
  • #1560 Duplicate / in URL in embedder that causes issues on production
  • #1545 Display only one video in diffing page
  • #1542 embedder menu when there are no subtitles
  • #1535 Update the embed code on amara web site
  • #1533 embed controls display html5
  • #1531 embedded video doesn’t display if switching tabs
  • #587 MP3 upload is not working
  • #628 embed MP3 file empty subtitles
  • #678 Layout, timing issue with MP3 audio
  • #1490 Start using the new embedder on amara pages
  • #548 Editor: gracefully process video formats incompatible with the browser
  • #1525 Deal better with videos on https
  • #1414 Teams: blacklisted languages should not be available for selection from the list
  • #1540 Change ‘Tartar’ language to ‘Tatar’
  • #1539 Deleting a video from the site, deletes the billing record

June 05, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at June 05, 2014 11:27 AM


Changes pushed to

  • #1537 update location of loading gif for the embedder
  • #1532 IDL reset the net banners
  • #1530 update the order caption url for the embedder
  • #1528 New embedder should link “improve these subtitles” to editor

June 04, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at June 04, 2014 03:06 PM


Updates to 2014-06-04

  • #1519 Nicer loading of the embedder embedder
  • #1397 Do not include line break into character count new editor
  • #1219 Better embedder behavior when video has no video language embedder

janetpcf will be participating in the Reset The Net campaign to promote Internet privacy.

May 29, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at May 29, 2014 10:12 AM


The Easiest way to get Captions and Subtitles on your Brightcove Videos

Brightcove Customers have a new option for using Captions and Subtitles to reach a wider audience, improve their SEO and improve accessibility: Amara.

Yesterday we rolled out our Amara-Brightcove integration for getting captions directly on to your Brightcove videos.  And we’re boasting that we have the easiest integration around!



All you need to do is fill in a few fields on our team integration page.  Videos are added to Amara, and completed subtitles are synced back to Brightcove.



This new integration is available to Amara Enterprise and Amara On-demand customers.  To learn more and try it out, contact us!

May 28, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at May 28, 2014 08:53 PM


Changesdeployed to 2014-05-28

  • #494 Brightcove integration
  • #1511 Allow pages hosting an amara widget to be indexed with its content
  • #1505 ted not getting notifications on bulk approved videos
  • #1442 feeds ui should have a delete button to remove a video feed
  • #1455 Bulk approval of tasks: uncheck Select All if user starts to deseleced

Changed deployed to 2014-05-20

  • #1502 Limit batch_size when bulk-sending messages

May 17, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at May 17, 2014 09:47 AM


Changes deployed to 2014-05-17

#1454 add_amara_description_credit_to_youtube called too often
#1477 Add filters to bulk approvals page
#1416 Add guard against task backlogs
#1019 Improve line-break support for TXT format
#1494 switch youtube sync from srt to sbv to avoid HTML tags display on youtube.

May 15, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at May 15, 2014 08:20 AM


Managing your Amara Enterprise team has just gotten easier!

Over the past few weeks we’ve been focusing on rolling out an updated set of tools for Amara Enterprise Team Admins.

If you haven’t heard about Amara Enterprise, yet, well let’s just say it’s the easiest way to get your videos captioned and it keeps getting easier.  It allows you to leverage the power of a crowd combined with Amara’s unique, best in class subtitle editor.   You can learn more about how it can help you here.

Several the unique feature sets that the Amara Platform offers, including team membership controls, video organization and quality controls steps have just gotten faster and simpler.

  • Adding videos via RSS Feeds:  Many of our individual users know how easy it is to automatically add their videos to Amara.  They just add their YouTube username and their videos are added.  Now Enterprise teams have this option as well, with a few bonus features.  sciAmara supports automatically importing videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Kaltura, Brightcove, Wistia and any other hosting platform with syndication support for standard media rss feeds.  Add the feed once and your videos are kept up to date as you generate content. This keeps your subtitling and translating crowd busy and your content fresh!feeds
  • Team Video Organizing: If you like to keep your content organized.  Amara has now added a batch move feature, allowing you to organize, reorganize and then shift things around some more.  It’s too easy for those of use who like to keep things grouped.
  • Team Application Processing:  Application-only teams have been a standard part of the enterprise offering, however approving them can be a tedious process.  Not anymore! We’ve added bulk processing so you can see a complete list of your applicants and batch approve those you’d like on your team.
  • Team Messaging: Want to reach out to your crowd in their own language?  Have an urgent need for some French or Japanese translations?  Now you can choose to send email team members based on their language configurations.
  • Quality Control Checks: Amara’s quality control checks allow team admins to approve subtitle content before it’s published.  However there are times when there’s a backlog or a rush and you want your subtitles live, now.  Enter bulk accepting approval tasks.  Get a list of languages awaiting your approval, do a quick check of the latest revision, and publish!


Visit Amara Enterprise, if you’d like to learn more about the best subtitling platform and how we can help you make your web video and audio content accessible.


Changes deployed to 2014-05-15

  • #1482 front page modifications
  • #1476 show 3 lines of application text
  • #1478 Add more details to the bulk approvals page
  • #1375 ui for brightcove external sites configuration
  • #1430 TeamVideo.added_by does not allow null values
  • #1431 BC feed generated from user added tags is not correct
  • #1433 only bc videos added via the Feeds tab ui showing videos on the feeds page
  • #1435 feeds ui (adding adding and updating) should be admin only.
  • #1439 styling issue on feed page
  • #1440 error manually adding brightcove videos
  • #1445 bc feeds are not ordered by newest first


Changes deployed to

  • #742 Switch test_factories to factoryboy
  • #851 Approval tasks left unassigned after sending back to reviewer and re-accepting
  • #1322 Allow admins to batch approve approval tasks
  • #1323 Allow team admins to batch move videos from 1 team to another
  • #1411 Make Uyghur an RTL language status 4 merged-to-staging type: bite-sized
  • #1448 Updated _upload_subtitles.html template for webVTT
  • #1458 Do not bulk copy incomplete subtitles
  • #1459 Queries optimizations
  • #1461 Refactor sending notifications when sending bulk messages
  • #1466 Limit primary audio filter for moving videos to tedxtalks-import

April 28, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at April 28, 2014 04:53 AM


Changes deployed to 25-April 2014

  • #1319 Allow bulk approval of team applications
  • #1418 URL parameters stripped
  • #1419 ./ does not restart existing containers
  • #1320 Don’t show any default application text if the team has custom application text
  • #1321 Distinguish global search from intra-team search
  • #1408 timeout when messaging team members on a large team

Changes deployed to 18-April 2014

  • #1392 Autosave not working (automatically)
  • #635 Special characters in onsite notifications displayed as amp sequences
  • #831 Reinstate the option to message team members speaking a specific language


There is a still a bit more work required for #1408.  Can still get a ui timeout when messaging all members of a large (> 1000 members) team, however messages are sent.

Have open ticket to improve ui (thumb display) on the the members applications tab.

April 14, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at April 14, 2014 07:31 AM


Updates deployed to

  • #489 Respect line breaks in feedback comments for moderated tasks
  • #1387 Typo in Youtube panel on home page
  • #1388 Comments (reviewer’s notes) not saved when sending subtitles back fixed-in-branch
  • #1391 New Editor: change ‘Subtitling Guidelines’ to ‘Transcribing Guidelines’
  • #1393 Weird localized strings in language drop-down on Set Language page
  • #1394 Images won’t build due to recent openssl updates
  • #1395 Fix amara-dev-rabbitmq image after rabbitmq update

April 08, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at April 08, 2014 09:18 AM


Updates deployed to

  • #1381 Workflow too narrow for some locales
  • #1380 Adjust padding in subtitle boxes to prevent the “+” button to overlap with text
  • #1379 Reference text not displayed for some locales
  • #1378 Add Hawaiian language
  • #1377 Clicking accept on an approve task doesn’t mark it as completed
  • #1188 Permissions check broken: contributor can edit a published translation
  • #1148 Submitting Review and Approve tasks leaves translations marked as incomplete
  • Translations strings were updated, correcting an error where the video page would not display when using the pt-br locale.

April 03, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at April 03, 2014 04:11 PM


I’m so happy to announce that yesterday, we flipped the switch to make Amara’s new editor the primary subtitle editor.




This new editor provides a whole new level of flexibility when creating subtitles and is just the beginning of a new set of enhancements to the video captioning and translating experience.

Features include:

  • Side by side comparison of any language or revision with your working version.
  • Ability to use multiple source languages while working on a translation.
  • Ability to independently time translations, while still viewing the reference language.
  • Ability to lock and unlock reference and working text to control alignment.
  • Ability to insert or combine lines when working on a translation.
  • Ability to drag adjoining subtitle start and end times together.
  • Ability to drag a complete subtitle along the timeline.
  • Help gutter for each subtitle showing the number characters / line,  number of lines and lines and characters / line and reading rate (characters / second).
  • Ability to save a version and continue working without exiting the editor.
  • Simplified, cleaner and clearer dialogs.
  • No more artificial line-length limitations on upload.
  • New user help prompts at the start of each subtitling stage.
  • Reset functionality, for timing or text.
  • Clickable shortcuts in the ui.
  • Additional keyboard shortcuts and help.
  • Ability to revert to the last saved revision.
  • Auto-save (every minute)
  • Ability to copy subtitle timing from reference to working versions
  • Style guidelines (team configurable) available in editor view
  • Improved recovery (in the case of a save error)
  • Button to switch back to legacy editor.
  • Adding to our support for youtube, vimeo, and html5 video, we also have support for Brightcove video, flv videos, ogg audio and mp3 audio files.

The list is long, but words simply aren’t enough to describe the new editor.  Lucky for you, we have created a series of simple help videos to walk you through creating subtitles and translations with Amara.

Please head to the amara volunteer team, if you’d like to help subtitle these videos.


March 26, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at March 26, 2014 11:32 AM


You are so awesome!!!



I don’t think there are enough ways to say thanks to all the people who have been contributing to the Amara Translation team on Transifex over the past few weeks.

Our team has shown amazing growth in the number of translators, language teams and strings translated as we continue to prepare for the big editor switch over.

So thank you and thank you again.  For anyone else who wants to contribute, there’s always room for more.

March 17, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at March 17, 2014 07:36 AM


Updates to


If you haven’t tried the new editor yet, you should! 

  • #1274 Add Team guidelines to the new editor.
  • #1293 reduce help overlay height, clear instructions on ui click.
  • #1310 still have references to in code for translatable strings.
  • #1309 update docs for http notifications.
  • #1295 add the fileExt field to automatically synced Kaltura files.
  • #1271 Prevent videos from auto-playing when the editor it opened.
  • #1236 Contents within curly brackets are removed on upload by SRT parser.
  • #1242 Cross-origin resource sharing for API requests.


  • #1274 adds a link to display style guidelines in the editor.  The default is to display the Amara Style Guidelines, however Amara Enterprise customers have the option to tailor the help for their particular team.

March 04, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at March 04, 2014 08:24 AM


Updates to

  • #780 Finalize Keyboard Shortcuts and Displayed Help text
  • #514 Editor: Implement new instructions design
  • #1228 New editor: line break ignored in line length calculation
  • #1231 Support clickable URL’s in Team Application
  • #1255 Update wording for the guided step 2 in new editor
  • #1256 Possible to Approve incomplete subtitles

Most of changes are related to improvements to the new editor which we are working to move out of beta and switch over to using it as the primary editor in the near future.


These updates included a lot of changes to the text strings, and we are hoping that our multilingual users can help us with the translations via our project on transifex.

We would like to give a huge thank you to Tom at Pixelogic who has been generously giving us his time and talent to help make improvements to the amara interface.  He was a huge help in the redesign of the keyboard shortcuts section pictured above.

Lastly, if you haven’t tried the new editor and would like to, you can get there from the current editor by clicking the Save and open in new editor link.


February 28, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at February 28, 2014 08:49 PM


Launch of P4A. Four Years. One Huge Challenge. Working together for a digitally inclusive world. | Prosperity4All.

The amara team is happy to be part of the P4A initiative, doing our part to make web video more accessible.

February 26, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at February 26, 2014 08:47 PM


Changes pushed to production:

  • #1138 New editor: ensure a backup copy of subtitles gets saved locally every minute
  • #1171 New editor: support FLV videos
  • #1253 Limit login redirect to only our sites
  • #1254 Protect amara from clickjacking
  • #1244 flowplayer does not show control bar in embedder
  • #1251 Updating flowplayer
  • #1208 Issues displaying video embeds in multiple browser windows (chrome)
  • #1217 Popcorn update

And we’d like to make a special thanks to Salmon Khan Champion founder of for reporting security issues #1253 and #1254 via the security page.

February 24, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at February 24, 2014 01:51 PM


  • #1204 recognize long urls
  • #1242 Add Cross-Origin Resource Sharing to the api requests
  • #1222 remove js for tdwfb

February 10, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at February 10, 2014 08:54 PM


Changes pushed to Saturday, Feb 8th.

  • #1195 New editor: quotes, apostrophes etc. get escaped
  • #751 Instruct users how to save downloaded backup for their subtitles
  • #1125 Implement brightcove video player

A few notes on these changes.  In issue #751 we are using Filesaver.js to automatically save a downloaded backup file (subtitle_backup.dfxp) for users to easily upload later in the event of a save failure.  This currently does work on Safari, so those users will see the copy / paste dialog and be prompted to save.

Issue #1195 was the result of some fallout after we had implemented some urgent changes to fix a security flaw.  For users whose subtitles were affected by this issue, you can either edit your subtitles and save a new version or let us know.  We’re working on a script to fix affected data.

Most importantly, we’d like to give a huge thank you to @kamilsevi who reported the vulnerability to us.   The issue was related to potential javascript injection via the subtitle editors.   We are grateful that he found and reported the issue to us discretely.

We’d also like to remind all users that we are committed to maintaining and improving security in amara.  The footer of each amara page contains a link to our security page. If you discover a vulnerability, please report it to us via this link.  We will fix it as quickly as possible and publicly recognize your contribution.

February 05, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at February 05, 2014 07:30 PM


  • #1189 Complex reviewer notes block opening task in new editor
  • #700 Add the link to Comments page to onsite notification about a new comment.
  • #1161 Add new language, metadata: audio description
  • #1136 Add Romanized Urdu-Hindi
  • #1139 Add Koasati language
  • #1134 Add Muscogee language


January 23, 2014

by Amara - by janetpcf at January 23, 2014 08:00 PM


Updates to amara, deployed Thursday, January 23rd.

  • #1080 – Move the edit title and description prompts in the new editor.
  • #1015 – Stabilize the embedder links and make use of iframes for the beta transcript viewer.
  • #1168 – Update default filter selection for team member task assignments.
  • #1158 - Create a public landing page for private open and application teams.
  • #1151 – Send http notification ping after approvals via the new editor.
  • #1133 – Errors downloading subtitles with the video title contained certain characters.
  • #959 – Label revisions created in the new editor as beta editor.
  • #850 – Fix broken links to profile pages where the username contains spaces.
  • #720 – Don’t create new translation tasks when saving post-publish edits.


Yesterday GitHub partnered with Amara to kick off a volunteer translation community. Within less than 24 hours, 160 people signed up to create over 45 translations across 18 different languages.

“We think it would be cool if people all over the world could enjoy our videos, regardless of what language they speak. So, starting today, we’re inviting anyone who’s interested to help us translate our videos via Amara’s Volunteer Platform.” wrote Daisuke Don Horie of Github GitHub.

January 07, 2014

by Amara - by darrenb73 at January 07, 2014 07:49 PM


Vimeo now supports subtitle display! Take a look at their FAQ here, and check out a live example below.

December 18, 2013

by Amara - by janetpcf at December 18, 2013 09:32 PM


1. Our Users

Our number of users this year has grown to 150000 and our total page views, for on and off-site videos has increased 71% from 2.1 million views  per month to 3.6 million views per month.