Category Archives: Closed Captioning

7/9/14 Info For Text on Top New Update – No problems downloading new update whatsoever

Dear Text on Top user,

We are proud to present to you the release of the Text on Top version 2.4 !

This release contain some bug fixes as well as several improvements and some new features.
I want to thank all users who provided me valuable feedback and input for new ideas!

Please read this email to see what improvements have been made in this release.

Download & update your devices
The zip-file (87MB) can be downloaded here. [The password to extract is textop ]

If you need help, please check the download page first:

Please distribute the content of the zip file to all your devices. That’s all!

Text on Top — Display (the remote subtitle app)

bugfix: False flashing “waiting for RF data…” status message.
bugfix: Text was sometimes cut off on the right margin when the DPI-setting of your computer is set to 125% for example.

The Text on Top system tray icon now responds to the left mouse button as well. This is also a welcome improvement when using a tablet computer with a touch screen.

Text on Top — Vision

Added touch screen (tablet) support
- Double-tap in the text to toggle full-screen.
- A single tap on a line activates read back mode and marks the line to ease reading.
- With a single tap in the topleft corner means follow the text again. Same as ESC key.
- With the two right corners you can navigate up/down through the text.

The color selection has been improved by a convenient popup selection box (see below)

Text on Top — Reporter

Improved user interface

- For example, the color selection in the preferences dialog is now done by a convenient popup selection box.

- With function keys F5 (shortforms) and F6 (preferences dialog) you can cycle through all tabs very quickly.

Touch screen (tablet) support

- Tap the Text on Top logo in the top-right corner.
==> This popup button bar will appear to provide easy access to these major functions:

- Adjust the margins of the second screen through the preferences dialog.

Support low resolution screens

- Compact positioning buttons (local settings in preferences dialog).

- Hide the “Edit preferences” button to make some space. To open the preferences, hit F6 or click the Text on Top logo instead.

Smart Script player
- Built-in library and rundown manager
- Controllable with just the 4 cursor keys and TAB key.

- !!! Interactive text finder (extremely useful when the speaker skips a paragraph) !!!

- !!! Interactive script finder (in case you don’t know what the next Chrismas song will be) !!!

Text merging when offline
When working with a colleague in turns, both reporters have different parts of the full transcript.
By enabling the text merging option, text that your colleague produces is appended to your text in real-time!

Musical notes support for Steno users
Eclipse (and perhaps other CAT software) use a trick to display musical notes in text. This is now understood by Text on Top.

Also: A double-dash “–” is now recognized as a final punctuation, meaning a new paragraph works now directly behind a “–”

Final words…
I hope you all enjoy this latest Text on Top version!!  We continue adding more and more features to Text on Top.
If you have some bright ideas, just let us know! Your feedback is much appreciated.
With kind regards,

Sander Pasveer
software / hardware engineer
Velotype VOF
Almere – Netherlands
Mob. +31-6-24378337
real-time captioning solutions


New Closed Captioning Rules from the FCC dated 2/20/2014

New Rules Adopted
On February 20, 2014, the FCC set new, improved rules for TV closed captioning to ensure that viewers who are deaf and hard of hearing have full access to programming, resolving concerns on captioning quality and providing much-needed guidance to video programming distributors and programmers. (This guide will be updated when final dates new rules go into effect are announced.)
The new rules apply to all television programming with captions, addressing quality standards for accuracy, synchronicity (timing), program completeness, and placement of closed captions, including the requirement that captions be:
” Accurate: Captions must match the spoken words in the dialogue and convey background noises and other sounds to the fullest extent possible.
” Synchronous: Captions must coincide with their corresponding spoken words and sounds to the greatest extent possible and must be displayed on the screen at a speed that can be read by viewers.
” Complete: Captions must run from the beginning to the end of the program to the fullest extent possible.
” Properly placed: Captions should not block other important visual content on the screen, overlap one another, run off the edge of the video screen, or be blocked by other information.
The rules distinguish between pre-recorded, live, and near-live programming and explains how the new standards apply to each type of programming, recognizing the greater hurdles involved with captioning live and near-live programming.
Best practices for video programmers and captioning vendors are included in the rules, which promise to improve captioning quality for viewers. For example, video programmers can provide high-quality program audio signals to promote accurate captioning transcriptions. They can also provide captioning vendors with advance access to show scripts, proper names and song lyrics, making it easier to caption live programs. Similarly, captioning vendors can ensure the proper screening, training and supervision of their captioners and take measures to ensure that their technical systems are functional, to prevent service interruptions.
The Commission also adopted measures to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing will have greater access to news programming in their local communities. The measures include requiring broadcasters who are permitted under the Commission’s rules to convert teleprompter script into captions to pre-script more of their news programming, including sports, weather, and most late-breaking stories. The pre-scripting requirement will result in captioning for some news programming that previously aired uncaptioned. In addition, the new rules require that crawls and other visual information be used to provide visual access to certain news segments that can’t be pre-scripted.