Key Benefits Of Interactive Transcripts

Interactive transcripts are verbatim textual representation of video files that normally runs in a paragraph format beside the source video. Users can read through the text while watching the video. These transcripts would appear more like closed captions/subtitles, but in a running format towards the side of the video. As and when the video is played, the words or blocks of words in the transcript get highlighted corresponding to the spoken content.

Key Benefits Of Interactive Transcripts

Interactive transcripts are searchable textual format, and they help a great deal in making your videos more accessible. These transcripts make it possible for users to interact with the videos. For instance, if you as a user want to go to a particular portion of a video, only thing you have to do is to point the cursor on the word or the block of words that coincides with the visual that you are looking for and click on that; the video will automatically jump on to that particular portion.

These transcripts help deaf or hard-of-hearing to consume videos with less difficulty. The users can read the text as and when they view the video real time. These transcripts also help students with learning disabilities.

Another benefit of having interactive transcripts on your website videos is that they make them easily searchable; therefore helping your digital marketing and SEO activities to a great extent. It is always more effective when the search engines index the whole transcript content rather than just indexing the video title or description.

There are a lot of transcription service providers offering interactive transcription services and it is very important for you to choose someone who can deliver error-free transcripts.

Closed Captioning – A Throwback

Closed Captioning

Closed captioning is the complete textual interpretation of audio portions of visuals, which may also contain a description of non-speech elements.

“Caption Center” is the first formal captioning agency in the US that began operating from the Boston Public Television Station, WGBH, back in 1972 on an experimental basis. Their first assignment was to provide captions or narration for one of the most popular cookery shows of those times, “The French Chef” hosted by Julia Chad, which was an award-winning series. With captions showing up on television screens, viewers found it very helpful as they could follow the recipes quite easily. The idea of captioning gained immense popularity among hearing impaired also as they could interpret the complete program without any difficulty.

However, some viewers felt that captions appearing on their screens were quite disturbing and distracts them from concentrating on the visuals. To address this, Caption Center with its partners developed a technology that displays captions only if a device is attached to a television. The device was a decoder that was fit onto television-sets to enable the narration or transcripts to appear towards the bottom of the screen. This decoder system was called “Closed Captioning.”

As the idea of closed captioning became more popular among the deaf and hard of hearing, Department of Health, Education and Welfare funded for further experiments on this front. Later in 1979, a nonprofit organization called National Captioning Institute was formed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This institute was responsible for promoting and providing access to closed captioning. In 1980, NBC and ABC broadcasted closed-captioned programs for the first time.

Over the years, Closed Captioning has evolved and nowadays we have captions running on almost all the broadcasted programs. Captioning agencies have become successful in providing automated captioning service, which can be streamed onto live programs.

Recently FCC passed a regulation making it compulsory for the broadcasters to have almost all their programs closed-captioned. However, up to a delay of 12 hours is permitted in posting a captioned clip after the program is screened on television. For clips of near-live programs, delay of 8 hours is permitted in posting a captioned clip after the program is aired.

Though there are a number of captioning companies operating in the market, only a few are successful in providing FCC compliant service as caption synchronization is also a criterion that FCC wants the captioning companies to follow. Digital Nirvana (DN) is notably one of the leading companies that currently operate in this area. DN also provides automated multilingual captioning services together with accurate caption synchronization.