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April 30, 2020

EEG Encoders Update: Easy Caption Authoring Features For Unformatted and International Transcriptions


EEG Video has announced two key new features, Grouping Mode and Unicode Support, for its industry-leading closed caption encoders, including the HD492 iCap encoder for live broadcasting, EN537 Caption Encoder, and 1430 Non-iCap openGear Closed Captioning Card.

With these new additions, developers of new live transcription applications—especially those outside North America—can now interface with EEG solutions more easily. Among the third-party apps that will benefit from this enhanced support are human-supported realtime writing, AI, or the feeding of data from pre-prepared scripts or other sources.

The new Grouping Mode and Unicode Support provide the simplest method yet for sending live text in any language to an EEG captioning system, without requiring authoring into the legacy CEA-608 broadcast standard. Please note that support for all current third-party apps that do not use these features is in no way affected. 

Grouping Mode is perfect for users handling feeds of transcription text that does not contain pre-existing line breaks in a suitable format for television/streaming captioning standards. In Grouping mode, users can simply keep adding words, while the EEG encoder automatically calculates how many words fit on a line.

Unicode Mode makes it easy to enter non-Latin multi-byte characters for captions. These characters may not be supported in every national standard or in every display device, but will be supported by the EEG equipment to the greatest extent possible.

EEG has created a step-by-step guide that makes caption authoring more accessible for users who are new to caption entry. Visit here for a detailed walkthrough on entering captions while in RealTime mode.