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What’s the difference between CART, RCART and captioning?2019-04-02T00:09:42-05:00

The most common example of closed captioning is what you see on your television screen when you have the closed captioning menu option turned on to view captions. The words are embedded into the video and you see the text along with the video.

CART displays the text of the spoken word without any video. The CART provider displays the spoken word on a computer, which can then be projected for the consumer in a variety of ways. The consumer may choose to view the text on a laptop, an external monitor, television screen, or projected onto a wall or a large screen for viewing by an audience.

RCART is Remote CART sent through the internet to the consumer. You can be in the same location or separate locations thousands of miles apart. The consumer can view the RCART text on any internet enabled device, such as a smart phone, tablet or laptop.

Webcast captioning/CART is having the text displayed within your webcast. The captions can appear integrated into the webstream, in a separate box or a link can be given to the consumer to view the text in an entirely separate window.

Who provides CART, RCART and captioning?2019-04-02T00:10:22-05:00

CART/RCART providers and captionists are specially trained court reporters who utilize a realtime translation system, consisting of a stenotype machine, notebook computer and realtime translation software. The CART provider can also be off-site and provide Remote CART (RCART) through a website for viewing over the internet.

What are the training requirements for captionists and CART providers?2019-11-11T19:23:01-06:00

The Texas Court Reporters Association CART Foundation, http://www.tcra-online.com/, administers a CART exam which ranks the CART provider from Level I to Level V. The National Court Reporters Association, http://www.ncraonline.org/, administers a Certified Realtime Reporter, the Certified CART Provider exam and the Certified Broadcast Captioner exam.

At Texas Closed Captioning, LLC, we utilize CART providers who have at least one of the above certificates, in addition to their Certified Shorthand Reporter certificate. Additionally, we require five years of realtime experience and technical experience in CART setup and display.

Who can benefit from CART?2019-04-02T00:11:43-05:00

CART is primarily provided for persons with hearing loss who are fluent in English and are unable or prefer not to use sign language or oral interpreters.

Texas Closed Captioning, LLC has provided CART in a variety of settings, such as:

Board meetings, university classes, rehabilitation training, doctor visits, lectures, one-on-one job training, task force meetings, support groups, rodeos, plays, musical events and many other venues.

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