We recently CARTed the Audiology2014 conference here at the Orange County Convention Center here in Orlando. We had to output to
their encoder for the general assembly. Their technician, however, wanted us
to output through our VGA port. To quickly remedy our dilemma, we had brought along
our Text-on-Top software and were up and running in no time.
For Eclipse users, the Text-on-Top(TOT for short) manual from the website is a little behind.
To set up your connection:
Insert your TOT USBs into your USB ports on your sending and receiving computers.
On your laptop (reporter’s laptop):
Click Speech to Text
Go to Preferences (F6)
Under Text Input & Timing:
Click ENTER inserts a new line
Under the More Tab:
Click on Network Feed
Port Number 4000
Click on Server mode Start. Note local host numbers, i.e., 127.0.0.1
Click CaseView II
Under Text decoder
In your ECLIPSE software:
Go to your Realtime tab under User Settings
Under Output Formats:
The manual says you can etiher use ANSI or Caseview. I’ve had no problems using CaseView.
Internet Address *This is where you put in the local host number from Text-on-Top.
They must match to work. Enter the host number, i.e., 127.0.0.1,then hit ENTER.
Port Number 4000, hit ENTER.
Then hit OK tab to exit out of realtime setup.
The connection will be established with TOT server when you open an Eclipse realtime file.
A Quick Note About Script files:
I was under the mistaken impression you had to work with script files loaded through TOT. I know a lot of Eclipse captioners have many script files in their directories. There’s no need to transfer them or export them in to TOT (makes for a lot less prep work!).
I discovered after you have your TOT and Eclipse set up and running, you can switch between windows and work in your Eclipse window and load script files realtime. It outputs through TOT.
Make no mistake, you can load script files through TOT, but you have to double space the script. If you don’t, i.e., you have a five-line single-spaced paragraph, it outputs the
five lines all at once.
For those macros you execute after the fact, i.e., to capitalize the three words you
just wrote. I use the stroke 3-s or 3-z to capitalize and put in my job dictionary.
Be mindful there are a few pre-set macros in TOT. Some of the Eclipse macros conflict with TOT macros.
Not realizing this, one time I wrote 3-s and the TOT output moved from the bottom of the screen to the top. Thankfully I was in a practice session and not writing live.
I haven’t had any problems with macros written before the fact, i.e., capitalize the
next word. Just be aware you may need to tweek a few of your Eclipse macros to avoid
having these issues come up.
I hope these tips help you have a stressfree and effortless captioning/CART session!