There are times where audio and video files don’t need redaction, or tagging, or enhancements. They only need captioning.
But captioning has been a very difficult task up to this point. First, you’d have to play a section of a file, write down what you heard, rewind the file, insert a text box, and type what you wrote. When you’re done, you’d have to go all the way back to the beginning, ensure the captions play smoothly with the audio, and then you could send the file on for review. That’s way too much work!
CaseGuard Studio has taken captioning to the next stage of utility for agencies across all industries.
In a previous article we discussed how CaseGuard Studio is designed to create data files from the file you upload into the system and create analytical data within those files you can review content with more efficiency when it’s needed.
One of those files created in audio and video files is a captioning file that creates a script-like file that follows dialogue as it’s pulled into the system and analyzed for accuracy. This is where all those language libraries come into play.
But, it’s also where the basis of captioning comes into play. The data files can instantly create a captioning chain that you can play with the file. Think of this file as a rough draft. You can play the file in real time once the file has been accessed, watch the captioning as it plays with the file.
This is where the idea of Live Captioning begins. As the video uploads, the captioning process is started.
When you link that file into your project folder, you know have another round of analysis occurring, which now forms the “second draft” of the captioning tool.
When you select the captioning tool, the caption begins to populate as the file plays. And with that, you can see the captioning tool work in real time.
Changes “On the Fly”
With this second draft, you can alter the caption titles, text size, text type, colors, and many other aspects of the caption.
You can color code dialogue between parties, so that it’s visually clear who’s speaking and when. You place titles to identify each party. You can change the caption boxes so that they are smaller in frame, creating “chase” dialogue, so that the words in the box change as the person speaks.
Most importantly, you can change the words in the caption while you review the video. This becomes extremely handy when the captioning function doesn’t fully hear a word. It could be that the person speaking didn’t enunciate the word in full. It could be that they are using a new slang term where spelling is challenge, or there could be external noises that cloud what was said. But you have the power to make changes to this, so that the captioning remains accurate. And, because our captioning tool is backed by a multitude of language libraries, and goes through several analytical processes before giving you a version to work from, you’ll find you only need touch a few words in an hour long video, rather than every sentence, like most captioning software.
Captioning for Court Exhibits
We designed our captioning tool and the support mechanisms for it with the high standards that courtrooms throughout the US employ when it comes to captioning.
Courts have certified standards that captioning must meet in order to be used in the courtroom. While much this standard concerns the captioning of testimony and discussion in the courtroom, it has application to court exhibits (i.e. evidence) that will be used by either prosecutors or defense.
By mastering the externalities of captioning in the manner we have tackled this issue, if ever there came a time that captioning standards became a point of argument in a court proceeding, you can rest assured that the captioning tool provided by CaseGuard Studio more than meets the standard, and that the exhibits you produce within the software will stand any test they measured to.
Captioning for Public Affairs
Agencies are routinely tasked with creating content to address public affairs, usually in the scope of responding to problem the community at large is encountering. In those scenarios, agencies must create responses that can be used in multiple media channels.
Television, radio, print, and social media venues are all in play for government in modern times, and they must create content that can be utilized across all of them.
This means shooting video, with a predetermined script, and then creating the final product that then airs across these channels, so that the public is aware of the problem, and aware of the solution.
CaseGuard Studio gives you the ability to enhance multimedia content prior to release. Captioning audio and video content is just one of many ways you can enhance the response you send out for public viewing.
Watch in Action
CaseGuard is finding all the ways we can answer the call for government agencies. From public records, to public affairs, to court proceedings, to intelligence gathering, CaseGuard Studio is designed with a robust mission in mind, with ways to solve a plethora of problems any agency encounters in their daily mission.
Captioning has long been an expensive process, but CaseGuard Studio provides the lowest cost option for creating your own content, and without having an expensive education in video or audio production.
It’s time you saved your labor, created a culture of quicker response, and empower your staff with tools that address modern problems. CaseGuard Studio is ready to serve your needs.