Options for Live Captioning, Interpretation and Translation for Session Streams


Virtual events open up the awesome opportunity for your events to serve attendees worldwide, but this opportunity also opens up the responsibility in some cases to ensure your event's content is as accessible as possible to those attendees. A common need is the ability to serve your content in multiple languages, sometimes made even more challenging by requiring content to be served in multiple languages if the session is broadcast live.

Note: PheedLoop's Zoom integration now support Zoom's caption feature. You can still use any of the options below in conjunction with Zoom, but you can also use Zoom's captions feature if your streaming choice is Zoom over the other options offered by PheedLoop (including the native Meet & Stream). Zoom's live interepretation feature is currently not supported.
Method Live Captions Preset/Post Captions Multiple Languages Sign Language Translation Services Offered
SyncWords/Recapd Yes No Yes No Yes
Pre-Recorded (PheedLoop) No Yes No No No
Vimeo Live Yes Yes Yes No No
YouTube Live Yes Yes Yes No No
Third-Party Custom Widget N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

SyncWords (Recapd)

SyncWords is an incredibly simple and powerful tool that is integrated and optimized to work with PheedLoop no matter how you are streaming your content. There are over 20 languages supported, and all you need to do is sign up for SyncWords by contacting our partnership manager there, create the sessions which need captions and select your languages, and pop in the widget code straight into your PheedLoop session's Custom Caption Code field. You'll notice in the animation below from the standard demo event that the widget is greatly streamlined and branded to look and feel seamless in your virtual event. Our SyncWords integration also works great for on-site and hybrid events.

To get started with SyncWords, reach out to our amazing partnership manager Len Cartsos, at len@syncwords.com

Pre-Recorded Videos (Uploaded to PheedLoop)

PheedLoop supports uploading and streaming pre-recorded videos, it's a built-in functionality (i.e. you can upload full-length sessions directly to PheedLoop). To add captions to these videos, you will need to add the captions to the video itself so that they are a permanent fixture on the video itself with a video editing software. The functionality is limited with this method, but it's simple.

Vimeo Live

Vimeo Live is an extremely popular option for events looking for a feature-rich and well priced RTMP streaming solution to integrate with PheedLoop. As per Vimeo's site, captions in the live video will be saved in the archived version of the video so that your viewers can return and watch key moments with captioning. For an overview of how captioning works in Vimeo Live, refer to this article. You will likely either use Vimeo Live's studio software with an SDI input or burn in captions via the software you're using to assemble the stream such as OBS or Wirecast.

Third-Party Custom Widget

There are countless incredible platforms out there to choose from, and even if they may not be listed here (e.g. Interprefy, CaptionSync, etc.) they are almost certainly compatible. What you'll want to check is that the platform of choice for captioning has an embeddable widget functionality, and if it does, you're pretty much set. Simply drop the code for the custom widget right into your session's Custom Caption Code field, and the widget will immediately show up under your video stream no matter what the source of the stream may be.

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