CPC Unveils its ‘Automatic Time Stamp’ Software

Until now, time stamping closed captions was a labor-intensive, time consuming process.
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CPC unveils it “Automatic Time Stamp” (ATS) add-on software that automatically time stamps each caption of closed caption video using the latest speech recognition technology.

Until now, time stamping closed captions was a labor-intensive, time consuming process, consisting of pressing a key when the first word of each caption is heard, CPC says. Time stamping options were limited to either doing it yourself, or having to pay a service on a recurring basis to do it. However, CPC’s ATS software takes post-production, closed captioning software to the next level of automation, the company says.

For the ATS software to work requires an accurate transcript, and a video with a high quality audio track (i.e. good signal-to-noise ratio). The ATS software uses speech recognition to automatically synchronize the transcript with the video (it does not generate the transcript but it compares the audio to a pre-loaded transcript). In addition, it works best with videos with high quality audio, CPC says.

The ATS software has built-in intelligence, so that if the audio quality is poor, the software automatically detects captions with fair to poor synchronization and highlights them in red, so they can be spot checked and manually corrected.

That the ATS automatically time stamps closed caption video saves both time and money, and provides several advantages, CPC says. Those advantages include:

- Elimination of the need to time stamp manually
- Increases the speed of the time stamping process by 15 to 30 times, depending on the speed of the computer being used
- Enables captions to be time stamped on an unlimited number of videos for an annual fee
- Works with CPC’s CaptionMaker and MacCaption closed captioning software