Captioning software turns speech into written words that print across your phone or computer screen. This is a useful tool for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, or in case you missed something that was said.
If you are in charge of arranging captions for a live event, you should consider hiring an experienced professional called a CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) writer. This is more accurate than automated software. For other situations, many software options are available to help!
What kinds of captioning tools are there?
- Innocaption – is a free captioning service for the deaf and hard of hearing funded by the FCC. It provides real-time captioning on your mobile device.
- Verbit.ai – Closed captioning and transcription solutions for live and recorded videos. Uses both artificial intelligence and human professional transcribers to provide the highest accuracy.
- Otter.ai – Speech-to-text transcription with speaker identification. Integrates with Zoom and Google Meet for virtual meetings.
- Ava – Real-time captioning for live spoken conversations. Also supports multi-person written communication and offers text-to-speech capability.
- The free plan allows 5 hours of conversation a month. Try it out and if you need more, a premium subscription is $29.99 per month.
- App MyEar – Speech-to-text app with a flat rate cost ($9.99).
- Live Transcribe – Free Android captioning app that transcribes multiple languages.
- Just Press Record – This app records speech, then transcribes it. Supports multiple languages, at a flat rate cost ($4.99).