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VFS Player & Transcribers Suite

Definition Transcriber is a software program (typically a text editor) combined with media player capabilities.

 

VFS Player & Transcribers Suite consists of 6 applications: VFS Player (free), VFS Thesaurus (free) and 4 transcribers. - Microsoft Word Transcriber Plugin, WordPadT (Transcriber based on WordPad), MediaPad (Transcriber based on Notepad) and Subtitler (based on List View).

All transcribers above provide virtually the same options (playback control, media labels, bookmarks and thesaurus support) which are represented with two identical toolbars and some identical main menu commands.

Here is how the toolbars look like in MediaPad, WordPadT and Subtitler: Microsoft Word toolbars look slightly different and are described here.

Toolbar 'Transcriber'. Toolbar 'Transcriber'.
Toolbar 'Playback'. Toolbar 'Playback'.

Here is how the toolbars look like in the Microsoft Word Transcriber Plugin:

Toolbar 'VFS Transcriber'. Toolbar 'VFS Transcriber'.
Toolbar 'VFS Controller'. Toolbar 'VFS Controller'.

The toolbars are described in details here.

 


Media Links and Media Documents - Media and Text Together

Definition

Media Link is basically a line of text (paragraph in Microsoft Word) which contains information about media file name and a time mark in special format. Media Links are used just like bookmarks. They are intended to start playback from the selected time mark in the picked media file.

All transcribers and Subtitler use the following media link format:

'
'Media Link format is as follows:
'

[arbitrary text] | time mark | media file name

[arbitrary text] is optional and can be used in subtitle as prefix.

'time mark' is in HH:MM:SS format and is obligatory.

'media file name' is media file name and is obligatory as well.

Here is a Media Link Format Example:

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'Media Link format sample:
'

Jake | 00:00:27 | Avatar480Eng.flv

In advanced text editors such as WordPadT (RTF) and Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX) media links are typically underlined and  have dark green color (in Microsoft Word the style 'vfsMediaLink' is used).

Here is how Media Link in Microsoft Word looks like:

As media link recognition algorithm doesn't depend on style (it depends on content only), the text with media links can be freely copied and pasted between different transcribers.

 

Definition Media Text is a line of text (paragraph in Microsoft Word) that follows the Media Link line (paragraph).

The next line of text (paragraph) after Media Link is considered as Media Text and is used as a subtitle. Media Text is typically colored in blue and can contain arbitrary text (in Microsoft Word the style 'vfsMediaText' is used).

Here is how Media Link and Media Text in Microsoft Word look like:

Another bridesmaid?

 JERRY| 00:00:04 | Nobody's perfect.flv

Flower girl.

More examples could be found on screenshots and in the demo media documents.

Definition

Media Document is a text document that contains media links.

 


Media Document File Formats

The following table lists file formats and file extensions used by the Transcribers.

Transcriber Extension File Format Comment
MediaPad *.UTFM Unicode text Compatible with text editors like notepad, notepad++, etc.
WordPadT *.RTFM Regular RTF Compatible with WordPad and Microsoft Word.
Word Plugin *.DOC Microsoft Word Documents Native Microsoft Word file formats are used.
Subtitler *.SUBTT Simple format based on XML Compatible with any XML editor.

Basically media documents use the same file formats as regular documents and can be opened in any application that supports the corresponding file format. Special file extensions is the OLE requirement (double click opens file in the native application, etc).

In Summer 2011 according to FileExt.com and wotsit.org the above file extensions were not used.

UTFM RTFM THESA

".UTFM" file extension is free

".RTFM" file extension is free

".THESA" file extension is free

 


Features

VFS Player is free

Thesaurus is free

All Transcribers are based on Multiple Document Interface and use standard document formats

Unicode is 100% supported

OLE

Common Dialogs

Media Links

Bookmarks

 


Screenshots

Click the application icon in the left column to see screenshots.

Icon Application Description
VFS Player Screenshots VFS Player VFS Player uses embedded Windows Media Player and Apple Quick Time Player for playback and is capable to display subtitles.
VFS Thesaurus Screenshots VFS Thesaurus  
Microsoft Word Transcriber Plugin Screenshots Microsoft Word Transcriber Plugin Transcriber plugin for Microsoft Word 2003/2007/2010.
WordPadT Screenshots WordPadT Transcriber based on WordPad.
MediaPad Screenshots MediaPad Transcriber based on Notepad.
Subtitler Screenshots Subtitler Transcriber based on List View.

 


 

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