Live captioning and subtitles have always relied on the expertise of human captioners with excellent skills. The professional skills required take years of training and development to achieve the expertise needed to caption a live news show or more complex and fast moving sporting event that includes crowd noise and multiple simultaneous speakers.
Unfortunately, the industry is suffering a decline in qualified stenographers and professional subtitlers as experienced professionals retire, and their ranks are not being replaced by the next generation so there is a growing short-fall of qualified captioning and subtitlers in all areas for live television, the legal system, professional and corporate meetings and education.
With advancements in artificial intelligence and speech-to-text conversion improving daily, this technology will gradually offer new and lower cost options for Broadcasters, News Organizations, Universities, Corporations and Small to Medium sized businesses to be able to deliver live captions and subtitles whenever and wherever needed.
At BroadStream, with our recent acquisition of Screen Subtitling Systems, we are in a position to assist both broadcasters and non-broadcast entities with this transition with VoCaption.