This article describes how organizers configure StreamText closed captioning in Bevy Virtual Conference.
Organizers can set up StreamText closed captioning for main stage and live or pre-recorded sessions in Bevy Virtual Conference through the Conference agenda. You have control over the captioning settings and can make changes as needed.
There are two main steps to configure closed captioning for a conference:
1. Create an event on StreamText.net.
2. Map it to a Bevy stage or session.
The following section describes the broader workflow that includes these steps.
Before the event
- Schedule your event. As a Bevy customer, you schedule an event and decide which sessions you want to caption.
- Hire a company to caption. Engage a broadcast services company, such as Aberdeen or Caption Pros, to provide you with a captioner for the event. Note that we live-caption events, meaning that an experienced captioner watches the event and transcribes every spoken word. We do not use speech-to-text recognition for closed captioning. Let the company know exactly when the event will be.
- Provide the captioner with stage or session names. Main stage and session names are located in the Main Stage and Sessions tabs on Conference Agendas. The main stage contains multiple sessions; they will all use one StreamText name associated with the stage. For sessions, each will use a unique StreamText name. That is, every agenda item under the Sessions tab should have a different StreamText name.
- The captioner creates a StreamText event. The captioner creates an event on StreamText.net and creates a StreamText name based on the name of the stage or session that you provided. Note that the StreamText name must be one word with no spaces. Learn more in the StreamText Help Center. The captioner provides you with the StreamText name.
- Add the StreamText name to your agenda in Bevy. In the agenda, you associate that StreamText name with your main stage or session by clicking the Main Stage or Sessions tab and completing the StreamText Event Name field. Then click Save.
If you add the broadcast service company to your chapter team, the captioner can add the StreamText event name directly into the Bevy field in your agenda. As a bonus, the captioner can test the main stage and its sessions as soon as you publish them.
Day of the event
The captioner tests closed captioning for the event. It is imperative that the captioner does a test prior to the start of the event. If the captioner does not have organizer access, then they can test the stage or stage sessions up to one hour before the event begin, and they can test the regular sessions 15 minutes before the event begins.
When the captioner accesses the StreamText event associated with your Bevy event and starts typing, the StreamText interface is displayed at the bottom of your event window. (Provided you've enabled closed captioning in Bevy by selecting CC in the lower-right corner of the main stage.)
Work with the broadcast service company to ensure that overlapping and back-to-back sessions have different captioners. (Often, sessions do not end on time.)
In the meantime...
If you're not ready to engage a broadcast services company, Google Chrome can caption live video on any media played on it. Each attendee would need to enable live captioning Chrome, so it's not a holistic solution. Learn more in the Google Chrome Help Center.