enCaption4 Benefits: Minimize human error by automating the captioning process for live or recorded video Offer audio transcription in near-real-time (typically within three seconds) Improve accuracy with an enhanced recognition engine that picks up patterns of speech from any voice Provide around-the-clock generation to ensure that captions are being created when needed Set up personalized localization features, which ensure that local venues, individuals and locales are spelled accurately Reduce overall cost Provide multiple language functionality Require minimal operator intervention On-premise or cloud model Patent protected solution for broadcasters and professional AV customers Seamlessly compatible with NDI® Networked Video Infrastructure How does enCaption4 work? enCaption4 uses ENCO’s latest enhanced speaker independent neural network-based speech recognition engine to closely inspect and transcribe your audio in near real-time (typically 3 seconds). Available in a number of languages, enCaption4 works with your audio stream, whether recorded or live and local to your facility. This puts you in control of the captioning process and makes it available even in the most demanding situations.
This is not an ENR/prompter based system, nor is it a ‘re-speaking’ system requiring live personnel to operate. enCaption4 is a fully automated, true speaker independent speech recognition based system that is available whenever you need it.
Linking enCaption4 to your electronic newsroom system allows it to automatically access current and historical script information to build a local dictionary which allows the system to improve accuracy over time - it literally gets better every day! You can also easily feed enCaption specific scripts for presentations, meetings or other productions. enCaption4 gets the job done - reliably, accurately and at a significant cost savings.
With regulatory captioning requirements a reality and enforcement increasing, ENCO’s enCaption4 system can economically meet your needs 24 hours a day. Whether you’re closed captioning for video or open captioning for meetings, don’t wait (or pay) for a live captioner. With enCaption4, you’re ready...now.
For the first time, broadcasters, content producers and commercial AV facilities with an NDI® infrastructure can add an automated captioning solution into their workflows. Once connected, enCaption will automatically generate captions through its NDI® input stream and output an NDI® signal with captions keyed directly on top of the video stream. This capability simplifies the closed captioning workflow by eliminating the need for specialized encoding hardware.
North Penn TV uses enCaption to make captioning affordable. Although community members have requested closed captioning (CC) for several years, the cost of previous technologies had always been out of reach for the district, said Bob Gillmer, North Penn School District coordinator of communications media. “In the past, you literally had to have someone transcribing the audio in real time,” he said. The ENCO system adopted by the district uses a computer to do the same thing, which brings down the cost by about 95 percent.
WCTV Chesapeake Television
relies on enCaption's automated captioning for its city council, school board and planning commission meetings. They wanted to reach additional residents throughout the Chesapeake, Va., viewing area, and looked toward an automated system that could be customized to the Tidewater area of Virginia, which has its own unique diction and dialect. The system could “learn,” too, as it went along, automatically increasing accuracy.
Boulder 8 TV in Colorado serves a politically active and civically minded city of more than 103,000, and found itself in a unique position after the local city council asked the station to provide closed captioning of every city council meeting for the city’s hearing-impaired viewers. The concept was admirable, but having an on-call captioner on-staff would be a costly venture. With the channel’s limited staff and budget, this kind of undertaking would undoubtedly be expensive, said the station’s senior producer and engineer.
The station found a solution in an automated captioning system. The PEG channel installed an automated system that the station’s operators can turn on and off during live programming as needed, which directly addressed the cost issue. Installation ended up being less than half the cost of operating a traditional closed captioning process, the producer said.
The Liquidation Channel
, a 24/7 home shopping cable TV network based in Austin, Texas, has expanded its reach to more than 80 million households by doing what home shopping networks do best, connecting with consumers through a series of animated, ironic, funny and engaging hosts. However, the unique lilts, accents and patterns of speech used by each host proves difficult for a live captioner to decipher. The answer was to install a new closed captioning system that automatically and accurately converts all that speech in near real time.
For the home shopping network, the biggest selling point was cost. “When it comes to live closed captioning, especially for a 24/7 broadcast network like this, you can be looking at a multimillion-dollar investment to retain a live captioning service,” said Jeremy Mott, senior broadcast engineer for the Liquidation Channel. “But with the enCaption, we can have live closed captioning around the clock for an affordable monthly fee, making it a very cost-effective way to caption 24/7 broadcasts.”
enCaption4 allows content creators to have captioning available to them 24/7 far cheaper than traditional captioning. In a lot of cases, it’s cost prohibitive to have certain content captioned. This allows both small and large broadcasters and content creators to improve their offerings and service their hearing-impaired audiences.
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