Making Captioning Easier With AutomationBy Erler, Kevin, PhD; Robertson, Brent; Washington Assistive Technology Alliance (WATA) Bulletin,
Publication Date: Winter 2005
Article discusses an automated captioning system created by Automatic Sync Technologies (AST), which was created to address barriers to captioning faced by video producers. Captioning is used to allow people who are deaf or hard of hearing to access television and video broadcasts, while the medium can also have benefits for people with cognitive disabilities and limited language proficiency. Digital video technology has helped to drive video content, but many of the broadcasts, such as online courses, news clips, and virtual tours are not captioned. Automatic Sync Technologies allows users to submit their content to a website so that they can receive their caption results within roughly ten minutes. The system can be used for videotape captioning, but is best suited to caption DVD and Internet media such as Real Media, QuickTime Movies, or Windows Media Video. Automatic Sync Technologies developed their automated captioning system with funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research through the Small Business Innovation Research Program.
Published by: Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP) (Website:http://watap.org)
Center for Technology and Disability Studies (Web Site: http://uwctds.washington.edu )
Link to text: http://wata.org/pubs/bulletins/winter2005.htm