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Use Real Time Captioning During A Live Presentation

Lectures that contain a lot of information and feature various speakers may not be easy for an audience to understand if the content is being presented quickly or if audio equipment isn't sufficient. Those who are suffering from hearing loss could incur additional difficulties with digesting the information that is presented. Real-time captioning will provide an audience with on-screen subtitles that can be read while a presentation is underway.

How Real-Time Captioning Works

Captioners are people who work behind the scenes. They use a phonetic keyboard and software to translate audio to text. A phonetic keyboard will determine what a word is based upon the speech sounds that are heard. A live captioner has a high-pressure job that requires them to act quickly to prepare typed content.

Another way that real captioning is used is through a software program that uses a speech-to-text technology. A series of phonetic sounds that have been pre-recorded through a software program is used to create a word bank.

As a user speaks into a microphone that is hooked up to a monitor and computer setup, the speech is translated and immediately displayed on the screen. Many software programs can be used directly in a browser and do not require any installation steps.

What To Prepare For A Presentation

Decide if a live captioner or a software program is going to be implemented during your next group presentation. If you host events that are geared toward large audiences, it is essential that you have enough video screens within the space, so that the people who are viewing the presentation will be able to read the subtitles that are displayed.

Practicing a speech and checking your audio equipment will prevent errors from occurring, which may make it difficult for audience members to understand the captioning. Prepare a written speech that contains all of what you will be responsible for saying aloud.

If there will be other people who are going to be speaking at your event, request that they test out the audio and visual equipment that will be used during the live presentation. Pay attention to the words that pop up on the screen, to ensure that they match what has been spoken. Although captioning can make it much more easier to understand what is being said during a live event, it is still important to speak loudly, slowly, and clearly.

Contact a real-time captioning service to learn more.