John, while I'm not familiar with it myself, our university uses 3Play Media to create automatic captions for T&L purposes. I understand some cleanup work is needed. And as someone who relies on closed captions myself, I can tell you that automatic captioning is very far from perfect. Automatic u-tube captions, for example, are totally unusable in my experience. 


Bernadette Houghton

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Subject: [CODE4LIB] On-the-fly Closed Captioning

I have been asked to find out whether there are software or hardware solutions for on-the-fly closed captioning.  We currently work with University IT production house on campus to perform this task.  I'm not involved in any aspect of this at this time, but have been asked to investigate.

Workflow is like this:
1) purchase a separate VHS copy of movie for captioning purpose (license issues I believe)
2) view show and write a transcript (probably time consuming)
3) Campus IT production creates a closed captioned digital copy using transcript and movie.

This is costly and time consuming for what often amounts to a single viewing of an education resource that is not closed captioned out of the box.

So basically, I'm asking if there is a "magic black box" that will allow us to  bypass steps 1,2,and 3.  Just play the VHS and caption it on the fly using voice recognition software and maybe a cray supercomputer on the back end or even IBM's Watson if it is not playing jeopardy or going to school.


John Wynstra
Library Information Systems Specialist
Rod Library
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA  50613
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