Make your videos more accessible to a wider audience with closed captions and subtitles.
BroadStream Solutions offers a variety of closed captioning and subtitling solutions that enable broadcasters and video creators to make their content more accessible to a larger audience. Captions and subtitles are a must for videos in the present-day. Not only do they make videos accessible to the hard-of-hearing community, but they also improve the viewer experience. Many people actually prefer to watch television or videos online with captions or subtitles.
Are you providing your viewers with video content that includes accurate and easy to read closed captions and subtitles? Are you a freelancer looking for an easy-to-use captioning or subtitling program?
We Have The Captioning & Subtitling Software For You
Real Time Captioning
Real-Time and Hybrid News Captioning for Live Programs Including Re-Speaking
Automated File-Based Caption Creation
Our new File-Based Captioning Solution is available for on-premise use.
Subtitle Creation Software
Our flagship subtitling creation software solutions for offline and live subtitling.
Subtitle Transmission & Distribution
Fully resilient and automated subtitle delivery and transmission for any broadcast format or platform
Check, monitor, log and review multi-channel, multi-language subtitle content.
Subtitle Reversioning & Encoding
Subtitle encoding, extraction, manipulation & conversion
NEW Subtitling & Transcription Service
Learn about our new subtitling and transcription service, SubCaptioner, that utilizes advanced ASR technology to provide accurate captions and subtitles at an unbeatable price. Upload your content and receive your caption files quickly starting at just $0.25 per minute. Translate subtitles to Spanish for just $1.67 per minute! Learn more about our services and get a same-day quote for translated subtitles.
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Live Closed Captioning Software
Looking for an easy real time captioning solution? VoCaption Live is our live closed captioning software that allows broadcasters to add real time captioning to their programs with just the click of a button. It eliminates the complicated planning and heavy expenses of human-generated captioning while providing accuracy and an efficient workflow.
Closed Captioning Software
SubCaptioner is an easy-to-use, file-based, closed caption software solution for those looking to create accurate closed captions on any pre-recorded video. SubCaptioner converts the audio portion of a file into a text file with time frames synchronized with the audio and this text file can be easily added to the video to provide accurate captions.
Caption & Subtitle Creation Software
WinCaps offers an easy-to-use interface for anyone looking to edit and create captions or subtitles. With the WinCaps captioning software, anyone can easily edit the caption text, timing, and appearance. You can even translate the captions using the software to convert your captions into different languages.
Captions vs. Subtitles
What are Captions?
Captions were originally developed in order to make videos more accessible to deaf and hard of hearing viewers. They eventually became a requirement for broadcast television in the United States and other countries. Captions are designed to convert all the audio of a video into text. This audio doesn’t only include the words being spoken, but also background noises, music, etc. This text is written in the same language as it is spoken.
What are Subtitles?
Subtitles were originally introduced in the film industry to make films accessible to individuals who spoke a foreign language. As video content has expanded into television and online streaming services, subtitles continue to hold an important role in making content available across multiple languages. Subtitles appear as text on the screen that translates the audio into a different language for the viewer.
Live Captioning & Subtitling
Live events (such as sporting events, live news, or live award shows) can create challenges for captioning and subtitling. Pre-recorded programming gives broadcasters time to input captions and subtitles and check them for accuracy and readability before the show hits the air. Live programming cannot be preplanned like this. Captions and subtitles must be developed and added to the programming immediately, and they must be added as accurately as possible.
So how can subtitles and captions be added to live programming? Are captions added by humans or by speech recognition technology?
Human-Generated Live Captions:
One method of adding captions and subtitles to live programming is by using “respeakers”. A respeaker is an individual who is present during a live broadcast to respeak what is being said during the program more clearly into a studio microphone that is set up to avoid any background noise. This allows ASR software to better pick up the audio and create more accurate captions or subtitles and add them to the program in real-time. These human-generated live captions can help in situations where the program speaker has a strong accent, talks quickly, or is in an environment with a lot of background noise or multiple people talking at once.
In the United States, the use of respeakers is not as common as in European countries due to differences in governmental regulations and standards. Many European broadcasters prefer the use of respeakers to improve the accuracy of their live captioning. To help the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their workflow, these broadcasters often partner the use of respeakers with ASR technology. For example, respeakers need constant breaks and this means that a broadcasting station may need to employ 3 or 4 respeakers for one live program. If ASR technology is used while the respeaker takes a break, the number of respeakers needed during one broadcasting is lowered and the station saves money.
Computer-Generated Live Captions:
ASR or Automated Speech Recognition technology has improved dramatically over the years and now rivals human captioners for accuracy and offers greater efficiency and lower costs. VoCaption, from BroadStream, uses ASR technology to deliver real time captions with just the click of a button. VoCaption creates accurate captions from the original audio. Computer-generated live closed captioning is often cheaper than using human-generated live captioning and requires less planning.
Professional Captioning & Subtitling Software for Freelancers
BroadStream Solutions offers a variety of captioning and subtitling software that helps freelancers to quickly and easily create accurate captions and subtitles. Freelancers looking for professional captioning and subtitling software can rely on our Q-Live software to easily create captions and subtitles.
To learn more about our professional captioning and subtitling software for freelancers, visit our store.