Automated Live Captioning with VoCaption
With our recent acquisition of Screen Subtitling Systems, we have created a solution for broadcasters that will enhance their bottom line by providing machine-based automatic captioning that provides a high degree of accuracy at a fraction of the cost of human captioners.
VoCaption is Automated Live Captioning suitable for 24/7 use for news, weather, sports and other live programming. VoCaption can provide emergency captioning if a human is not available for breaking news or technical difficulties or it can be used as a full time captioning solution saving broadcasters thousands of dollars compared to the cost of professional captioners.
Live captioning has always relied on the expertise of human captioners using Stenography or Re-Speaking to provide the speech to text conversion.
The professional skills required for Stenography 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.
Re-Speaking can be perfected in just a few months but Re-Speakers require back-ups for long-form programming so they can take breaks to rest their voice. In this situation, you pay for multiple Re-Speakers for a single program.
The number of qualified stenographers and professional subtitlers is in severe decline as experienced professionals retire, their ranks are not being replaced because newcomers to the labor force do not see this as an exciting or viable profession. This change in the supply will cause prices to rise.
The technology behind speech-to-text conversion has improved dramatically and offers comparable accuracy to human captioners at a much lower cost. Don’t wait until you can’t schedule a captioner when you need one. Let VoCaption provide the insurance and protection you need to avoid viewer complaints and regulatory fines.
Also keep in mind that captions are not just for the hearing impaired. More and more people with perfectly good hearing turn on the captions to better understand what’s going on, deal with a noisy room or help them learn a new language because your primary language is not their primary language.