A few weeks ago, new configurations of ENCO‘s enCaption 4 automated captioning tool were shared with radio station personnel and decision-makers for the first time.
Now, ENCO is ready to share further enhancements that build on enCaption4’s capabilities already seen among TV broadcast clients.
The company will share with media industry professionals its product advancements at the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Providing automated closed and open captioning for live and pre-recorded content in near-real-time, the software-defined enCaption4 platform is designed to enable broadcasters and content producers to meet regulatory requirements and growing consumer demand.
“Building on ENCO’s patented automated captioning approach, enCaption4 combines machine learning with a neural-network speech-to-text engine to deliver exceptional accuracy with extremely low latency,” the company says.
The newest enCaption4 offers accuracy improvements while shortening the delay between spoken words and the corresponding on-screen caption display.
“The new update expands the array of sources from which enCaption4 can learn new vocabulary and names,” ENCO says. “Already able to access newsroom computer system (NRCS) scripts and rundowns using the MOS protocol, enCaption4 now offers additional forms of newsroom integration. The system can also pull information such as sports team rosters and news articles from third-party websites, growing its dictionary to continuously improve its word recognition and spelling precision.”
Complementing enCaption4’s ability to distinguish between multiple people speaking based on separate microphone feeds or audio channels, new multi-speaker distinction functionality leverages AI to detect changes between speakers even within a single mixed feed. Improvements to the system’s intelligent punctuation and capitalization also boost caption quality.
“While enCaption4 continues to lead the market with its combination of accuracy, speed, efficiency and cost-effectiveness, there is always room to improve,” said ENCO President Ken Frommert. “The demand for captions continues to increase, not only for complying with accessibility regulations but also for helping audiences understand program narration in noisy public spaces or with the volume muted in sound-sensitive environments. The latest enhancements reflect our commitment to ongoing innovation to address this growing need.”
ENCO will demonstrate these developments in booth N2524.