“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I
learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin
Even though Mr. Franklin must of had something else on his mind when he said this, I think it could also be used in order to refer to our segmenting work.
Segmenting is about collecting experience and getting better with every segment, part, and project.
This is AmyPun, I’m an avid Vikian and the Channel Manager of Love Around and Two Fathers. I want to have this opportunity to share my passion about segmenting with you all today!
I have organized an Amy’s Vikipedia of Segmenting Skills on my homepage where the dancing bunny-pigs are.
It would be a helpful resource for you to master the skills of segmenting and self-correction. It’s quality assured by most of the Grad Panel members who became my friends after I graduated and became part of the Seg101 family as a moderator for Seg101 and Express101.
Here is the shortcut link to my…
Please let me know if you have any questions or encounter problems accessing those resources.
Lastly, I will list what is typically expected for segments in terms of quality and accuracy…
Please avoid short choppy segments. By that, try to avoid 0.5 second segments if possible.
Try to cut by the voice you hear. Do not depend on the waveform, only use it as a cross reference. Make your cut right at the hint of voice heard. That way your segments would be synchronized and accurate.
Try to have a separate segment for each speaker, unless they are simply greeting each other and the segment is less than 2 seconds long. Only those Hi/bye/yes/okay/thanks/welcome/morning/night etc… are okay for two speakers to be on the same segment, which is quite rare.
Try to combine shorter (1 to 2 seconds long) segments by the same speaker so most segments are around 3 to 4 seconds in length. If the segment ends before a no-voice/silence, please try to have 1.2 seconds extra at the end so our audience could have sufficient time to read the subtitles.
Try to split longer segments, those that are more than 4 to 5 seconds long (i.e. I did see some that were 10 to 15 seconds long) should be split according to breaks in their speech or between their sentences if you understand what they spoke. The ideal length for segments are around 3 to 5 seconds long (about 2 to 3 cm in terms of length if you roughly estimate by your eyes).
Please try to use continuous cuts for dialogue exchanges, extending the ends of the previous segment to next segments beginning so there aren’t those 0.1 to 0.4 second gaps between segments, minimizing the flashing of subtitles on screen.
Lastly, please refrain from segmenting single emotions, those Ah…, Um…, Eh…, Om…, Hmm… Should not have a segment because they are not words. You could segment them if and only if that emotion is immediately followed by a dialogue, such as “Ah…I finally understand!”. However, please refrain from subtitling emotions though. The emotional part is only for extending the length of our segment.
In general, your skills about combine and split of segments will improve through experience.
I also have a playlist about how to segment videos, the first three videos are annotated, the rest are just basic cutting without explanation so you could observe and learn.
Sorry for making you read such a long harangue potential and aspiring segmenters. I don’t think segmenting could be explained using fewer words that I have done so right now…I hope my tips would be helpful to you on your current and future projects.