Although I can lipread quite well and can successfully hold a conversation in most one-on-one situations, following groups of people talking is very difficult. Trying to focus on a single person giving a long lecture is also difficult, which is why I had notetakers in all my classes in school, and if I go to a conference, I always request a CART captioner. It’s long been a dream of mine to have a handheld device that could pick up spoken text around me and translate it to captions, so I could never be left out of conversations again.
We haven’t quite gotten there yet – maybe someday – but speech recognition technology has been improving by leaps and bounds. CPC has introduced a new live captioning via speech recognition product called YouCaption, which aims to be a low-cost and easy to use real-time captioning software program. The software itself is Windows-only, but the results can be displayed on a website, computer screen, smartphone, and tablet. From the press release:
Captions PowerPoint®, Webinars, On-Line Meetings and More
Captions are displayed on PowerPoint® Presentations and computer screens. If you use online meetings or a screen sharing system such as WebEx®, GoToMeeting®, TeamViewer®, etc., you can include the closed captions window as part of your shared screen. Traditional hardware encoder based systems cannot easily display captions to these popular platforms.
Captions Web Sites & Mobile Devices
The captions can also be directed to a live web page which can be viewed on virtually all web browsers, including smart phones and tablets like the iPad® and iPod®, with no special software or plug-ins needed. This is ideal for reaching a mobile or remote audience, especially when bandwidth may be an issue. (This feature requires access to a web server with PHP and MySQL installed.)
Faster Real-time Closed Captions
Captions are displayed moments after the corresponding words are spoken, just like they are with steno based captioning systems. There is no buffering or need to pause, which are pitfalls of many previous speech recognition based systems.
Live TV Broadcast
YouCaption can interface with CPC’s award winning CaptionMaker software to control a local or remote broadcast closed caption encoder.
YouCaption outputs a timed transcript of your session. If you need to broadcast or upload a video recording of your event later, you can use this script in CPC’s CaptionMaker® or MacCaption™ closed captioning software to easily add captions to the recording. You can also provide a plain text transcript to anyone who missed your event, or use it for indexing and archiving.