CART Captioning Services


In a Gist How is CART Done?

CART providers  are highly trained professionals  certified  court reporters that go through CART certification and training.  

CART uses its own specialized software for transmitting speed speech-to-text verbatim as the speaker speaks in real time. 

  Similar to Closed Captioning in regards to speed of essence. No translation is done every word is typed as it is said.

CART transcribers provide word-for-word text transcript for the viewer to read using a laptop or other web based devise such as an ipad or tablet. Any smart device that can access or view URL has the capability to be a reading device for transcription. 

How is CART different from TypeWell or C-Print?

*  CART is done by certified Court Reporters that have passed difficult training programs and speed requirements.  CART like TypeWell has its own highly specialized software done with a Stenotype machine with secure connections  is used to transmit speech-to- text to in a verbatim way that should keep up with the speaker as they speak. There is no translation involved.  

Who Benefits the Most From CART?

*  Individuals that want to follow a speaker as they speaker word-for-word exactly. 

* Individuals that can hear the speaker but need fill in words. 

* When the words must be exactly as the speaker says them and a translation could violate and change what is being said.  Legal court hearing is an example. 

* When speed is more important than grammar or background information. 

* When one wants to follow a speaker in real time as they speak it. 

*   Ability to review transcriptions at a later time. 

*  Can be used for multiple languages and is not limited to deaf and hard of hearing individuals but can be used for those with auditory processing or other needs to learn visually. 

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CART stands for 'Communication Access Real Time Translation' and is speech-to-text translation and also Computer Aided Real Time Translation also referred to as captioning. CART providers often go through long term training programs for court reporting and are required to obtain certification. The machine used is called a Stenotype or Court Reporters can be referred to as stenographers which have to achieve high speed tests to be recognized. Some stenographers can reach 300 words per minute! The website of the California Official Court Reporters Association gives the official record for American English as 375 wpm. CART is not only used in Court reporting settings but used in classrooms, court hearings, medical appointments, TV, Media, conferences, meetings and any other setting requesting speech-to-text. The difference between CART and TypeWell not only ranges in the type of software used but also in the word for word speech-to-text. CART is used by those that are deaf and hard of hearing to access and participate in understanding speech, lectures and discussion by reading the text as it is spoken. There is no translating meaning-by-meaning it is literally word-for-word as it is said. CART is not limited to deaf and hard of hearing persons but can be used for anyone in need of text transcriptions which also records what was said word for word in transcriptions including those speaking English as a second language.

Stellar Communication offers CART services. Speech-to-text caption services are appropriate for students that don't want or cannot use an interpreter! It is preferred by those that don't need translation but just want to following word for word in real time and would like to benefit from having saved copies of the lecture for reference. Certified real time captioners capture word for word discussion, lecture and speech for students to be able to keep up with classroom lectures and discussions without missing a word. Deaf and Hard of Hearing students can receive services onsite if available or via remote with the use of a laptop, ipad type tablet. Students can engage in classroom discussions, take notes and have the transcription saved for review.

Remote services use a platform such as Zoom or Skype to make contact with students. We can recommend microphones if needed for extra clear sound. We monitor connections between provider and the student to make sure they are in contact and able to communicate. The student then uploads the URL that they can view the word for word text as it is said while the transcription uses a stenograph machine to type what is being said in audio back to the student. The student uses their laptop, computer or ipad like device to follow the discussion