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Want To Know What It’s Like To Caption The World Series?

Posted by Anna on October 28, 2016 at 10:33 am. Captioners, Captioning
Lori smiles and holds a baseball next to the CaptionMax sign

Lori smiles and holds a baseball next to the CaptionMax sign

This year, CaptionMax has the privilege of live captioning the World Series.  We wanted to give a glimpse into what that experience is like, so we asked Lori, superstar live writer responsible for game 2, what it’s like to caption one of the biggest nights in baseball.

Obviously you’re a Twins fan, but do you have a favorite between Chicago and Cleveland?

I really wasn’t sure which team to root for because it’s been so long since either team has been to the World Series, much less won the World Series. Now that the series is tied 1-1, I can pretty confidently say I’m cheering for Cleveland.  It’s really cool that the Cubs are in it, but I’m an American League girl through and through.

How does captioning baseball compare to other sports?

I grew up watching baseball from age 6 or 7. So I’ve always kind of felt that compared to captioning other sports, baseball is my native language.  I know the vocab. Also I just love the way baseball sounds, which is a plus considering how closely we have to listen when captioning.

The pace of baseball is a little bit slower, so I get a chance to catch my breath or look something up. On the flip side, other sports have more action or are higher scoring, which tends to make doing a game a little more exciting. Hockey and basketball games fly by.

Does captioning the World Series feel much different from captioning other events?

I don’t even know what the audience size is for this series, but it’s definitely high-profile, so that means ultra prep: former players, details about past World Series games involving these teams, a larger pregame/postgame panel.

In a regular game, they don’t often televise the anthem or the 7th inning stretch, but in this case we need to be ready for that, so who is singing for the current game and even the previous game or next game in case they get mentioned.

Is there any other event that would be as or more exciting for you to caption?

This was definitely a blast. Something as or more exciting? The inauguration probably.

Microsoft Highlights The Future Of Accessibility Online

Posted by Anna on October 26, 2016 at 5:17 pm. ADA, Consumer Advisory Board, Video Description, WCAG

Kelly sits at a desk next to his laptop.

Earlier today, Microsoft held their Windows 10 Event, a two-hour presentation of new products and features from the technology giant. Microsoft began with a video that underscores the importance of accessibility in the design process, stating: “We don’t build Windows 10 for all of us. We build Windows 10 for each of us.” While the video features how Windows 10 will be improved for people across a range of disabilities, it does a fantastic job of showcasing the enhancements for blind and low-vision screen reader users.

Senior Program Manager, Kelly, who is blind himself, is shown using Windows Narrator on his laptop with the voice sped up to increase efficiency. He says, “So right now we’re at about 80% of capacity of how Narrator could speak. And this is about how I would use my computer. That probably sounds like gibberish, but once you get used to this, it’s pretty quick.”

Most people are unfamiliar with screen reader technology, so it’s wonderful that Microsoft used a high-profile event to give greater context for its application. In past Consumer Advisory Board meetings, CaptionMax has asked its members to listen to different speeds of video description to help us determine how fast our narrators should speak when they record to optimize for quality and efficiency.

Text video description is another option that serves as a full alternative to the video, making it accessible to blind or low-vision individuals with screen reader technology and allowing them to choose their own speed. For several years, CaptionMax has provided text video description, also known as a “media alternative,” as a service for our clients who want to meet WCAG 2.0 Level A standards for their online video content.

We make media accessibility easy for our clients. In addition to helping them understand which services they need to become compliant and reach a wider audience, we offer the increased efficiency, security, and quality of having it all done under one roof. To learn more about WCAG 2.0 compliance, contact sales@captionmax.com.

 

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