ENCO will showcase the enCaption4 automated captioning system at next week’s IBC2019 exhibition. Highlights will include capabilities for television broadcasters and video producers – including major advances in intelligent punctuation – alongside the European debut of tailored configurations that bring the platform’s powerful benefits to the radio domain.
enCaption4 is well known for enabling broadcasters, OTT service providers, AV professionals and content producers to automatically and cost-effectively augment their live or pre-recorded content with closed or open captions in near-real-time. The newest updates further boost the already-exceptional accuracy and speed of enCaption4’s machine learning powered speech-to-text engine, improving the precision of the resulting captions while minimising the delay between spoken words and the corresponding on-screen text.
Caption quality is further amplified with enCaption4’s new advanced punctuation capabilities, which enhance the accuracy and readability of transcriptions. Available in English, German, Spanish and French, the expanded functionality now supports punctuation characters including full stops, commas, exclamation marks and question marks. enCaption4 intelligently detects the context surrounding pauses and trigger words to insert appropriate punctuation and capitalisation on the fly, helping viewers better understand not only what words are being spoken, but also how they are being said.
IBC2019 also marks the first European exhibition showing of ENCO’s new enCaption4 configurations for radio stations and groups. While captioning is most commonly associated with television rather than radio, Internet and OTT delivery have created the opportunity for radio broadcasters to display corresponding text in the 'listener’s' browser or app. This opens the door for individuals who are hard of hearing to enjoy content such as talk radio that was previously inaccessible to them. Automated captioning also enables immediate creation of searchable transcripts that broadcasters can post alongside recorded audio clips, enhancing SEO for their websites while improving content discovery for site visitors.
OTT and mobile users often consume content with their devices on 'mute' while on trains or at work, so the availability of captions makes radio a viable new entertainment or informational option for them. enCaption4 can also turn an audio-only source into a video stream with open captions overlaid on a plain background or graphic, or combine the audio with a separate video stream while embedding closed captions for display in a web-based video player.