Fifteen members and guests met in Topeka on Tuesday September 10, at 7:30 PM in the studios of WIBWTV13, hosted by Michael D Turner, Chief Engineer. Our meeting was arranged by Raun Hamilton of Southwest Audio/Video, who brought in Link Electronics who provided a program on predictive captioning, which was given by Trish McRae. A pizza supper was also provided by Link and SAV - our thanks to them both!
Vice Chair John Langer opened the meetin at 7:30 PM. On motion of Robert Nelson, seconded by Don Hogg and an affirmative vote of those present,
the minutes of the past meeting were approved as published in the chapter newsletter. Robert Nelson, Chapter Secretary Treasurer gave the Treasurer's report.
Old Business: Don Hogg reported his brother, Rod, had a program on Doc Brinkley, having converted the slide program to Power Point, and had a
tape of the audio for it, but was having trouble syncing the audio to the video. Robert Nelson offered to contact Rod and assist him in completing the project. Brinkley was an early radio pioneer in Kansas, and
somewhat infamous for a clinic he featured on his radio programs, which promised to revitalize men with a transplant of goat glands. Though dubious in his business dealings, his expansion of the business using radio
is of interest to us. It should be an interesting program when finished.
New Business: Robert Nelson noted that our Internet Domain license with Go Daddy was near expiration, and he sought permission to renew it, and
moved to do so. Dick Abraham seconded the motion and it was affirmed by vote of the membership in attendance.
Our October meeting will be in Lawrence, KS at 4:00 PM in the Double Tree Hotel, during KAB's Engineering Day. We will havedoor prizes at this
event, and don't forget the SBE-3 elections of officers for the coming year will take place at this meeting.
November, we will meet in Salina for a tour of QRP who has made a successful business out of the renewed interest in vinyl records. They have
overhauled vintage WWII presses and are producing digitally re-mastered vinyl records and albums. December we will not have a meeting. Happy Holidays. Tracy Gibson moved, seconded by Todd Crane to adjourn the
meeting to the program. We stood adjourned at 7:40 PM.
Link Electronics is now owned by the McRae family, and is headquartered near Branson, Missouri, moving there from the Kansas City area. Trish
McRae has been in sales (now National Sales Mgr) with Link for about a year with this new product which is software based. She reviewed captioning in general. The Link predictive captioning storage can be cloud
based, or on private server. It is versatile in the range of programs it can process, whether post production or live. If you are connected to Internet, various programs can translate to/from English to other
languages, or it can be done internally. The Link Captioning can output English on one channel and Spanish on a second channel, complete with proper phrasing for that language. Link can translate many languages to
languages - even regional dialects. Limitations to proper speech recognition can be caused by crowd noise, or music in the background, but if you are in post production, edits can be performed to correct errors.
Accuracy can be improved by the software learning from audio clips of your talent and guests. With voice sampling ahead of use, the captioning
will even identify the speaker in parentheses. It will detect questions or pauses, and grammatical rules can be incorporated. You can exclude or substitute phrases or words, and nicknames or game-names. Link
captioning has a large vocabulary and has specialty vocabularies for medical, engineering, law, etc. industries. Accuracy is 90-95% which improves with training. Latency can be up to 5 seconds depending on methods
used. Our thanks to Link and SAV - a good show!