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What is the difference between CART & captioning?
While they are both achieved through the same basic process, there are key differences between CART and captioning. Captioning displays spoken word through an encoder and onto a TV or projection screen for a live or recorded event. Captioning can be used by the deaf, hearing impaired, or even the general public when they are in noisy settings, such as restaurants or bars or concerts. CART captures the spoken word and displays it for immediate view on any available device, like a laptop, TV or tablet. CART provides the exact verbatim translation of every word spoken and also includes the background sounds.
What is CART (computer access real-time translation)?
Computer access real-time translation, or CART, is real-time translation of an event (like a speech), primarily used for a hearing-impaired audience. The translator transcribes the event in real time. The transcription is immediately displayed on a computer screen or other device for the audience to read. It is the same technology used in court reporting or stenography, with the results being distributed immediately to the audience.
How many words per minute can a stenographer produce?
The speed of a stenographer is of course a variable, but an average stenographer can accurately produce 225 words per minute, while more skilled stenographers can average 300 or more.
Does becoming a professional stenographer require certification?
In some states, becoming a professional stenographer requires certification. There are also variations on the laws that require state certification. Be sure to know the laws in your state. There are also many accredited schools that teach and guide students into this career path.
What type of education is required to become a stenographer?
The requirements for licensure to become a stenographer vary from state to state. In California, to be a court reporter, you must pass an eligibility exam administered by the Court Reporters Board of California. To qualify for the exam you must meet the following requirements; be over 18, have a minimum of high school education (or equivalent), and have not committed any criminal acts constituting grounds for denial. There are also several forms demonstrating work experience and certification that needs to be submitted.
How much does it cost to hire a stenographer?
A stenographer hired to document a deposition, for instance,will generally charge about $3-$5 per page, plus an appearance fee, which is discussed upfront. The fee can range anywhere from $75- $200. Overtime, weekends and holiday rates are more, and all rates vary and are subject to change. Full time court reporters can make nearly $100,000 annually, although the mean average salary nationally is closer to $54,000 annually or $25 hourly, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
How fast are stenographers able to write/type?
A professional stenographer should be able to type a minimum of 225 words per minute with extreme accuracy, and is also the minimum required to gain licensure. Some skilled stenographers can comfortably reach 300 words per minute. The fastest wpm recorded by the California Official Court Reporters Association was 375.
What is a medical stenographer?
A medical stenographer transcribes medical reports that are recorded or dictated by doctors or any other healthcare practitioners. The medical stenographer transcribes their recorded dictations into text.
How does a stenograph machine work?
A stenograph uses a specialized chorded keyboard/typewriter to record information quickly. A stenograph is like a small typewriter, but it does not contain the standard QWERTY keyboard used on common keyboards and typewriters, it has far fewer. Since it contains far fewer letters, multiple keys are pressed simultaneously (chording) to record syllables and phrases. Modern stenograph machines, also known as stenotypes, have microprocessors that store all the information electronically so it can be downloaded and transcribed later.
A stenographer is a person who specializes in taking dictation in shorthand. It is an especially effective and popular method for transcribing trials in real time.