Loyola Students Providing Closed Captioning for Athletics
Closed captioning has been in the news lately. Typically, closed captioning is being discussed in articles regarding regulatory reform. However this is a closed captioning story that embodies everything positive about accessibility and closed captioning. Loyola students, a university located in Maryland, are providing free live closed captioning for their athletic events.
The students of Loyola University created a work-study program concentrated around closed captioning. The intention of this group is to provide accurate and beneficial transcription & closed captioning, in an effort to cultivate greater accessibility at the school.
While providing a great service for the hearing impaired who attend Loyola’s collegiate athletic events, the students in the captioning program are learning the ins and outs of live closed captioning This quote summarizes the captioning service students will provide:
“Beginning in the spring 2015 semester, the work-study students will attend Loyola Greyhounds soccer and lacrosse games, and contests in additional sports, and transcribe PA announcements as they happen in real time. When action necessitates loudspeaker commentary, like during player introductions or after scoring plays, the transcribed audio appears in caption form on the scoreboard for fans to read.”
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By the end of 2016, closed captioning will be available in most movie theaters nationwide, as a result of developing legislation. Due to advances in technology, closed captioning has become more affordable and more easily available. It is projected that the option for closed captioning will become more and more commonly accessible to the general public. This article from The New York Times reports the development.
The aforementioned article, however, doesn’t clarify directly how closed captioning in theaters might be implemented or facilitated. We speculate that theaters may opt to have a few seats (or all seats) equipped with a tablet device, or a small, attached display screen, which would display closed captioning assistance for the hearing impaired.
Having the device on the seat would give the individual viewer the option of enabling the closed captioning feature. If the viewer requires closed captioning, they can elect to activate it and if the viewer doesn’t require closed captioning, then the device can remain disabled.
Although there may be some costs and technical issues to work out, we believe the expansion of closed captioning into movie theaters is a great development in the world of audio and video accessibility.
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Today is the day all digital streaming services, such as Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes, are required to offer closed captioning. And according to ABC News, this all started by one Tweet in 2009 from actress Marlee Matlin. She wrote:
“@netflix is streaming ‘Wizard of Oz’ free but no plans to close caption for 30 million deaf ppl Email firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!’ Matlin wrote.
“All it took was one tweet to make so much noise,” she said, adding “that’s what I do.”
Now the 30 million people Matlin referenced, including herself, can enjoy online streaming video with closed captioning. This is a great example of social media making an impact, and creating positive change in digital content delivery, with the addition of closed captioning.
Click for the original article from ABCNews.com
New FCC rules for Closed Captioning
Pretty interesting article on new FCC rules regarding closed captioning. The article also is a general overview on closed captioning and describes the workflow companies use to produce content with closed captioning.
Transcribing audio from home sounds like an appealing job. You’re at home, listening to audio and typing at your leisure, but before you get too comfortable let’s talk about a very important piece of equipment that is often overlooked by transcribers: The Foot Pedal.
You might wonder why do I need a foot pedal? When I first transcribed I didn’t use one and people are often reluctant to learn new equipment but the beauty of transcribing with a foot pedal is both hands are free to type while you control the audio with your feet.
Without a foot pedal the transcriber is constantly pausing the audio with her mouse hand (or using keyboard shortcuts) and transcribing becomes very cumbersome and slow. The foot pedal will save you a ton of time over the long run.
The foot pedal is very simple. The large middle button is the play button, the left button is rewind, and the right button is fast forward.
I recommend the Infinity USB pedal, it’s $54.99 on Amazon. It’s the best foot pedal for transcription I’ve used. You plug it in your USB port and it works with any Mac or PC transcription software.
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I came across an interesting application today called “Transcribe: transcribe audio/interviews fast”. This is a Google Chrome browser add-on. Once you download the add-on you load an audio file and type while you listen. There are short cuts to play, pause, and rewind the audio file. It’s a really simple and neat tool to allow people to transcribe audio right in their internet browsers.
It’s main selling point is you don’t need to have both a text editor (like Microsoft Word) and an audio player running while you transcribe. The two major downsides are you can’t create a time coded document and you cannot use a foot pedal to control the audio. Keyboard shortcuts are a time saver but it still slows you down as you type, a foot pedal for transcription is helpful because both hands are free.
A serious or professional transcriber should still download a dedicated transcription software. That being said this would be useful for someone who is on the road and needs to transcribe a short file on the fly.
Here is the link: http://transcribe.wreally.com/