[conspire] find videos annoying with the amount of time it takes vs. reading (was: Update for BALE)

Michael Paoli Michael.Paoli at cal.berkeley.edu
Mon Jan 6 19:56:01 PST 2020

> From: "Deirdre Saoirse Moen" <deirdre at deirdre.net>
> Subject: Re: [conspire] Update for BALE
> Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2020 12:32:36 -0800

> helped. For me, while I find videos annoying with the amount of time  
> it takes vs. reading, I retain the information better.

Doesn't totally "fix" that issue, but I do like how some video
platforms (e.g. YouTube), allow one to change the playback
speed - without altering the audio pitch.  So, e.g. on
YouTube, can play the video back at up to 2x original speed.
I wish all such video "training" - and the like - platforms, had
ability to adjust speed like that ... and better yet to much more
than 2x.  (If you ever watched a blind user suck down text-to-speech,
can be quite impressive the rate at which the audio can be listened to
and very well comprehended).
And, once in a great while, something will be delivered with material so
fast and dense, I'll even want to slow the video down ... at least for some
bit/section ... but that's much more rare.  But yes, many videos I'll watch
at 1.5x to 2x nominal speed ... many I'd go faster, were it an option.

I also like when videos also have full transcripts.  Some can be quite
poor on that though, if they're automatically machine generated (though
can still sometimes be useful to search, though - such as locating in
what video, or about where in the video).

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