Web Captioner's First Week: 50 Countries and Over 92,000 Words

3 Jul 2017

By Curt Grimes
3-minute read

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!

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Dave Edwards of the [World of Live Streaming Facebook Group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/WorldOfLiveStreaming/) also found a creative use for Web Captioner as a way to add captions to a live video stream over the internet:
Other notable conversations across the internet: Overall, Web Captioner has seen visits from 50 countries in this past week and has been used to transcribe over 92,000 words in just the past few days.
Visits from 50 Countries
United States
75%
Australia
6%
UKUnited Kingdom
4%
Canada
3%
Philippines
2%
New Zealand
1%
Sweden
1%
Other Countries: Germany, Mexico, Belgium, India, South Africa, Argentina, Switzerland, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Colombia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Italy, Lebanon, Puerto Rico, Barbados
92,000+ Words Transcribed
13486
6/29
10707
6/30
3084
7/1
19719
7/2
15609
7/3
11123
7/4
16166
7/5
9657
7/6
Web Captioner only logs word counts, not text content.

What’s next?

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.

Getting Support

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!

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