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08 January 2013 ~ Comments

The Hidden Reading Tutor

Students around the country are now back in school following the holidays.  This year, though, the break meant a unique assignment for some elementary students in Memphis, Tennessee.
The homework was simple.   Students were instructed to watch television.  They could watch cartoons, movies or other programming that aired before 7:00 pm to help ensure that the [...]

11 September 2012 ~ Comments

Google+ Captions

Google has become a pervasive part of our world. The word itself has entered our lexicon as a verb, and Google is on the path to powering everything from phones to televisions to driverless cars. While Google+ hasn’t yet reached the household name status of Facebook, the company may be taking a giant leap forward [...]

18 July 2012 ~ Comments

Tapeless Broadcast

CaptionLabs proudly introduces the addition of StationDrop to its already popular closed captioning services.  StationDrop allows producers to deliver full-length broadcast programming to stations and networks digitally with no hassle, no tapes, and no shipping.
Even though HD programming is quickly becoming the standard for television broadcast, many producers are still spending thousands of dollars shipping [...]

18 June 2012 ~ Comments

Transcription: From Man or Machine?

One of the most common questions asked about the closed captioning process centers around transcription.  Many people inquire about whether transcription is an automated process using voice recognition, or if it is still truly a function done best by humans.
There are certainly some great software and equipment available today that are taking voice recognition to [...]

23 May 2012 ~ Comments

YouTube Introduces New Caption Features

Recent YouTube improvements have made watching online videos with captions better than ever.  Since YouTube’s introduction of caption support in 2006, the social media site has been a trendsetter for online accessibility.  Using voice recognition technology, videos could be auto-captioned or the owner could provide a verbatim transcript and YouTube would automatically synchronize text and the spoken [...]

03 April 2012 ~ Comments

FCC Sets Deadlines For Internet Captioning

Another important milestone to providing accessibility over the Internet has been reached.  In October 2010, President Obama signed the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) into law.  Among the things it required was closed captioning for video programming delivered over the Internet.  The CVAA did not require every video on the Internet be [...]

29 March 2012 ~ Comments

Premiere Pro Makes Adding Captions Easy

For a how-to guide to adding closed captions in Adobe Premiere Pro, click here
Many editors and producers often wonder how to add closed captioning to their video projects.  Fortunately, this process is becoming easier and easier due to great improvements in editing software.   Adobe has made many improvements to Premiere Pro over the years, with the [...]

01 March 2012 ~ Comments

Turn On the CC

In honor of the birthday of the beloved Dr. Suess, the National Education Association (NEA) is promoting Read Across America, which is an annual event that encourages kids to read.  Since 2006, Read Across America has resulted in a stronger focus on not only reading to children, but also many other skills.
The Described and Captioned [...]

10 January 2012 ~ Comments

Closed Captions from 30,000 Feet

Technology is taking accessibility to new heights.  Tens of thousands of feet in the air, that is.  For the first time in inflight entertainment, LiveTV has announced that closed captioning will be available for live television content viewed by passengers onboard an airplane.
For many years, LiveTV has provided connectivity systems and entertainment options aboard aircraft [...]

12 December 2011 ~ Comments

5 Tips for Stress-Free Delivery of Holiday Programs

“It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year. It’s the hap -happiest season of all,” …unless a re-run replaces your holiday programming because of a missed deadline!
It seems that television production is always finished at the very last minute.  No matter how many times goodhearted producers attempt to get ahead of schedule, something unexpected happens [...]