Over the past week, Web Captioner has been visited by people across the world. It is very exciting to not only see people using it, but brainstorming new applications for it beyond anything I imagined.
If you haven’t checked out Web Captioner yet, go ahead and give it a try. It’s an accessibility tool that converts speech from a microphone into text on the screen in real-time. Currently, you’ll need to have the Google Chrome browser in order to use Web Captioner. Once you’re on the page, just click “Start Captioning”, give it permission to use your microphone, and start talking.
How People are Using Web Captioner
After making a post about Web Captioner on a Facebook group dedicated to people who perform audiovisual work in churches, a number of people expressed interest in the tool and began testing it in their environment.
Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria, Louisiana was able to run Web Captioner using all of their existing equipment:
Live caption from Calvary Alexandria, LA!Posted by John Taylor on Sunday, July 2, 2017
- Video showing TriCaster Captioning using Web Captioner, NDI Transmit and NDI Scan Converter
- NOAA Weather Radio Live Captioning Test
- Michael Wilson explains a "hack" for keying out the background in Web Captioner (Update: You can now change colors natively.)
- Discussion about vMix integration on the vMix Live Production Software forums
- Streaming Idiots Facebook Group discussion
- Visual Church Media Facebook Group discussion (approval required)
Coming soon, you’ll be able to change the typeface, color, text size, shadow, and background color of text. You’ll also be able to change the position of text and add a second background color to use as a chroma key color.
The Web Captioner Users Group on Facebook is the best place to get help with Web Captioner and see how others are using it. You can also like Web Captioner on Facebook to be notified of new updates and upcoming features. If you’ve got an idea for something you’d like to see Web Captioner do, let’s hear it!