Learn To
Transcribe Sign Language
in SignWriting

Lesson 1
Getting Started

Writing By Hand The Old-Fashioned Way
You do not have to own a computer to transcribe a video. If you have a vhs player, then view the video and transcribe by hand, without any extra equipment. Then later, your handwritten document can be typed in SignWriting with the SignWriter Computer Program.

Capturing Frames From Video On A Computer
You can capture frames from the video and see them on your computer screen. If you choose this method, the transcription is never written by hand. Instead the frames are analyzed and the signs are then typed with the SignWriter Computer Program, without ever leaving your computer, or lifting a pencil! You will need the right equipment. See Figure 4.

Figure 4.

Above is a video frame captured by computer. The video was placed in a home vhs video machine, connected to a Macintosh with a built-in video card. The Macintosh operating system comes with standard video software that makes it possible to see the video on the computer screen, and to capture frames. This is also possible with other computers and operating systems, such as IBM PC compatibles with Windows, Amiga, Unix and others. Your local computer store has information.



Have more questions about SignWriting?
Write to the system's inventor:

Valerie Sutton