When it comes to creating captions, there are a few options. Respeaking is a new technology which is setting the standard for caption creation.


Traditionally, captions have been created by stenographers, who are trained to use a special stenograph machine called a stenotype machine.


What is Respeaking?

Respeaking is the process of repeating what is heard into voice recognition software, which is trained to that specific individual’s voice and pronunciation. This software uses the audio input from the respeaker to generate the caption text. Respeakers work in teams of two, allowing shift rotations and rests while producing an uninterrupted stream of captions. The second respeaker usually edits the captions if any mistakes are detected, and provides necessary assistance. 


You can learn more about respeaking below:



What is Stenography?

A stenographer uses a specialized keyboard also known as a stenotype machine, which has a limited number of keys forming shorthand words. It works by pressing multiple keys simultaneously to spell out whole syllables, words, and phrases with a single hand motion, which can be then translated back into English longhand. Individuals trained to work a stenograph machine are called Stenographers.


To see a stenotype machine in action, checkout our Instagram post below:



Benefits of Respeaking over Stenography


Greater accuracy

Respeaking, as mentioned before, involves two people to operate. Unlike stenography, this additional respeaker works as a huge benefit to the accuracy of respeaking. As one respeaker produces the captions, the other respeaker can edit them. This means that live captions can be edited in real-time improving accuracy, and compensate for any sudden issues. 


Optimizes accessibility 

When used in a classroom, or education setting, respeaking provides institutions with quality access for it's students. Students with disabilities, such as deafness, hard of hearing, or ASD they may have difficulty comprehending lessons and taking notes. Respeaking provides full sentence context which helps with comprehension; by avoiding slang, pauses, and unecessary sounds like "umm" or "ahh".


Independant and Convinient 

Ai-Media’s remote service not only provides flexibility for the university and the student in regards to last minute bookings, but it also allows students to remain independent. They only need to bring their laptop to view the captions, the rest the University can provide (audio). Students do not need to be accompanied to lectures or rely on on-site services showing up. Ai-Live creates an inclusive working environment where students can follow the lecture in real-time and make a positive contribution to the conversation. Published transcripts in the Ai-Live portal create an easy reference point for revision post lecture and during exam periods.


Easy to understand

Stenograph keyboards are not designed to clarify punctuation, or other grammatical aspects of speech. This can make any captions difficult to read or follow which is inaccessible. Respeaking avoids this with software that picks up on pauses, or sentence breaks and translates it into basic grammar.


Easier to read

Another benefit is how easier it is to read. When stenographs produce captions, they are usually blocks of uninterrupted text that can be overwhelming, especially to those who may also possess difficulty with reading, or language comprehension. Respeaking produces text one sentence at a time, making it easier and smoother to the audience.


Quality Assurance

Respeaking, in comparison to stenograph work, is more cost effective, accurate and quicker means to produce captions. The ability to combine accuracy, quality real-time translation, and grammar is an upgrade on the slower counter-part. The factor that respeaking can be edited, and proof-read to specifications is also another advantage thanks to its digital source.

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