What is Real-Time Captioning?
Real-time Captioning is created as an event takes place when a captioner instantaneously transcribes the spoken words to text using specialized software and equipment.
Captions, composed of text, are used by people who are deaf or hard of hearing to access content delivered by spoken words and sounds (news, sports, governmental proceedings and other content as well as live streaming on the web). Captions can also benefit individuals who understand the written better than the spoken words of the language in which a presentation is delivered as well as people who are viewing the program in a noisy (e.g., airport or sports bar) or noiseless (e.g., a work cubicle) environment.
Remote real-time captions are produced at a remote location and then transmitted to the site where the program is taking place. For example, in a lecture hall an instructor can talk into a microphone that is connected via telephone lines to a captioner in a different city. From that location, the captioner, using similar equipment as described above, transmits the captioned text via the internet, using special software, to a laptop in the lecture hall- or to a laptop in a student’s home, if they are unable to attend the lecture in person.
The CRTC requires 100% of live broadcasts to be live captioned from 6am to 12midnight every day. It is also becoming a common practice for live events to be real-time captioned on site or remotely to provide a more inclusive experience to all audiences.
Webinars (web streaming) are a modern way to reach a wider audience over the Internet in real-time, and to ensure the speaker’s message is transmitted on every level, from the local to the international. Technology now exists to offer real-time captioning for webinars, allowing access to live content for the hearing impaired.
ONEXTRA has years of experience connecting remotely with clients and producing real-time captions for live-streamed events. Once the event is completed, our team will prepare an accurate, cleanly-formatted script in the document format of your choice, which can then be made available on your website.
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Our accuracy rate is one of the highest in the industry. We work with the best talents in the business. The CRTC requires 95% accuracy for live broadcasts captioning. We use industry standard accuracy control systems to monitor our compliance to quality standards.