If you’re of a certain age (and I really don’t know what age that is), you may recall the movie This Is Spinal Tap. I love the 1984 movie, especially in its rare appearance as a low-resolution (and now out-of-print) Voyager 1994 CD-ROM. Because the CD-ROM was searchable. You could enter a string, such as “stonehenge” or “puppet show” or “Nigel Tufnel” and get not only the movie file where that reference occurred but the exact timecode as well. It was like some kind of wonderful movie index.
In walks lynda.com, the most amazing video training site on the planet. When LDC elected to close-caption most of its movies in 2008 and all of ‘em in 2009, the company’s intention was to make its content accessible to all. But in doing so, they also made it searchable to all. Which was when lynda.com suddenly became the awesomest 21-century heavy metal band on the planet, as I have diagrammed below.
Trust me, this is good.
Try this: Go to lynda.com and become a member, even if only temporarily. (Don’t worry, you’ll join one day.) Choose me as an Author and try out my new Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals series. Click on the Closed Captioning option (below Exercise Files), enter a few words in the Find text in captions field (I suggest “Liv Tyler”), and click Search. Give it some time. (It is searching every word I employed in 14.5 hours of training, after all.) Then click the link and enjoy the training goodness.
So got a topic you’re looking for? Don’t screw off scrambling your way through a dozen or more movies. Run a Closed Captioning search and get results fast!