Add a Timing Anchor Via Your Transcript

You can insert a timing anchor in the transcript before you upload it to SyncWords, giving you more control and precision.

  • Trimming Anchor constrains the timing of a word in one direction. For example,
                    and thanks for listening to our show.<-{23:00}
    will cause the end time of the word show to be no later 23 minutes, ignoring any cut-outs or other content that follows. The word show may then be actually synced at 22:59, 20:00, or even 0:00, as appropriate.

  • An Exact Anchor dictates the the exact timing of a word. For example,
                    {9:08.1}> POW!
    will cause the start time of the word POW to be synced at exactly 9 minutes and 8.1 seconds.

  • A Fuzzy Anchor constrains the timing of a word to an approximate point in time.
                     Thank you,<100{543.3} Martha.
    will cause the end time of the word you to be synced approximately at 543.3 seconds (i.e., 9 minutes and 3.3 seconds), plus/minus a few seconds, as appropriate.

An anchor can be placed at any point in the transcript next to or between words. It affects the next spoken word it points to, ignoring any cues, speaker labels, or space in-between. A word can even have two anchors pointing at it from either side, like so: This<{0.1} {0.11}>sentence <{0.23}{0.25}>is heavily {0.39}>constrained<-{1}. If more than two anchors point to the same side of the same word, only the closest one is considered. Nonsensical anchors typically don't cause an error, but they may produce nonsensical results.

You will be able to see these anchors and their effects on individual words in the Review Tool. But keep in mind that the timing of an output caption is determined by a number of factors, primarily the timing of the first and last words and the output settings.


Types of anchors
Trimming Anchor {..time..}-> or <-{..time..} A one-sided contraint on the start or end of the timing of a word.
Exact Anchor {..time..}> or <{..time..} An exact constraint on the start or end of the timing of a word
Fuzzy Anchor {..time..}..precision..> or <..precision..{..time..} An approximate constraint on the start or end of the timing of a word. Precision is specified in centiseconds (hundredth of a second), and designates the standard deviation from the mean.


Ways to specify the time
Format   Examples
hh:mm:ss.sss Standard linear time  1:32:00.2 or 0:00:10.000 or 13:00 or 10.2
ssss.sss Seconds only  5432.123
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