FAQs

This is our FAQ page. Here you can find answers to some frequently asked questions:

How does Sasquatch work?

That’s a good question… it’s all done by backwoods magic handed down through the generations of Sasquatch living in the remote mountainous areas of Northern Canada!

More seriously, Sasquatch uses state of the art speech processing to analyse the audio extracted from the video that you upload. The analysis process returns a text equivalent of the speech – together with timing information. This text and timing is then processed and broken down into captions, with the text balanced between the captions according to a secret recipe known only to the…. you get the idea!

When will I be able to use Sasquatch?

Sasquatch is now available at http://www.sasquatch.cc for initial public release. If you would like to know more about Sasquatch or captioning and subtitling then please contact us.

Why Sasquatch?

The short story is that it was a working title for a research project that Marketing loved.

Can I edit my Sasquatch captions?

Yes!

Once your video has been processed, Sasquatch will allow you to review and download the generated captions by clicking on the project. While you are viewing the captions you can click on any caption to enter ‘edit mode’ where you can change the text and adjust caption timings.

 

How much does it cost?

Sasquatch uses ‘purchased minutes’ that cost 50p (GBP) per minute. You need sufficient minutes in your Sasquatch account to process a video clip. Sasquatch minutes are ’rounded up’ so a clip that is 1 minute and 40 seconds long will cost two Sasquatch minutes to process. Once the clip is processed you can edit and download the captions for that clip as much as you like.

 

What format video clips can be used?

Sasquatch supports MP4 format video clips for upload. Each clip has a limit of 10 minutes duration as Sasquatch is not designed to handle long video, the focus is on automated captions for short social media clips.

 

What formats can the output be saved in?

Sasquatch currently supports webVTT and SRT output formats. These two formats are used by the majority of social media systems that support captions. Some social media systems do not support captions in separate files and for these systems you will need to ‘burn’ the captions into your media clip. This can be performed using a variety of freely available or low cost video tools using the generated SRT file.

 

What browsers are supported?

Sasquatch runs on Chrome and Edge browsers. Sasquatch will not run correctly on Internet Explorer or Safari.

 

Where is my account data stored?

Your account data is stored securely in Azure (the framework used to implement Sasquatch). We only store your username and the number of minutes you have purchased… all user authentication is performed by your account provider (Facebook, Twitter, Google or Microsoft). Sasquatch does not store your password. You can check how many purchased minutes you have remaining in your account at the top of the screen, or on the account dialog by clicking on the ‘head and shoulders’ icon.