CART Captioning vs Live Captions


Many great and important things happen in real-time: the spectacle of a baseball game, the exchanging of ideas in a video conference, and the dissemination of knowledge via video lectures, just to name a few. In order to ensure that all of these events are accessible to everyone, these events either come standard with live closed captions or have the option to include captions. One traditional method for providing live captions is CART captioning.

Tell me more… what is CART Captioning?

Falling under the umbrella of live captioning, CART is an acronym that stands for Communication Access Realtime Translation. CART captioning can come in many different packages and has been the standard for live captioning events such as presentations, ceremonies, and lectures. CART captioners travel to a location and set up on-site with a stenotype, writing in shorthand to transcribe the event while using an encoder to present captions to the audience.

However, given how much easier technology has made it to send information regardless of distance, you no longer need an on-site CART captioner to provide live captions. In fact, thousands of live videos are captioned remotely over the internet every single day!

Live Captioning vs. CART

CART captioning has been the go-to live captioning solution for a long time. With evolving technology and the advent of internet livestreaming, though, many live captioning solutions have been developed to take the crown from CART.

These newer solutions allow for remote transcription to take place anywhere in the world (assuming there’s a clear audio source, of course). Previously with a CART setup, if your captioner was unable to attend, your event couldn’t be captioned. Now, remote captioning solutions remove the need for travel, as well as reduces the risk of technical issues that may stem from setup, as live captioners work from a dedicated workstation.

Additionally, many online video streaming and conferencing platforms have built-in closed captioning functionality, which streamlines equipment needs. This allows the captions to be either embedded natively within the player or, in some cases, streamed to a separate URL which the user can customize and place wherever they wish on-screen.

CART captioning has been the norm for many years, and while it continues to be a reliable way to ensure your live content remains accessible, it is not the only option anymore. Between our increasing interconnectedness and advances in technology, there is less need for captioners to be on-site and more need for efficient access to live captions at events. Take a look at Captionmax’s live remote caption services here.