Enco updates the video facility of Pennsylvania State Senate with enCaption

Enco updates the video facility of Pennsylvania State Senate with the enCaption system

Enco has announced an agreement with Pennsylvania State Senate to improve its video facility with the enCaption system. The new solution enhances accessibility for hard-of-hearing individuals, providing automated closed captioning for its TV operations.

The Senate Video Facility first considered using a captioning service provider with human transcribers, but ongoing scheduling challenges proved problematic. “With such services, we would need to book captioners in advance,” explained Dave Costanza, the CBNT (Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist) engineer who heads up the Senate’s broadcasting operations. “But while our sessions officially have scheduled start times, other scheduling variables made that option undesirable.”

The Senate team requested an evaluation unit of enCaption to try in the Chamber, and with it working successfully, decided to keep it. Since then, it has expanded to four enCaption systems, spanning the Chamber and three hearing rooms. Each space has remotely controlled cameras feeding video switchers, with the program audio feed routed to the enCaption system.

The resulting captions are fed to an external encoder for incorporation into the final video signal, which in turn is sent to government and public affairs channel Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) for distribution throughout the state. “Our workflow couldn’t get much simpler,” said Costanza. “We just take the audio of our program out and feed it right into enCaption, and away it goes.”

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