Punting, and Captioning Faux Pas Of The Century, Part I of III
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.
This is a wonderful profession. Each day is different. Each request is unique. Our work creates memorable (and humbling) moments.
We are embraced into new opportunities – each in realtime – as we move forward, serving others with new technology.
While focusing on fulfilling multiple service job requests I had the opportunity to work with technical people from multiple international companies.
The event I am detailing herein involved professionals with the same goal: combine and coordinate technology, talents, skills, and all equipment to present live captioning for the international event.
As we compared technical information, software, hardware, cords, wireless equipment, people’s schedules, time zones, multiple languages and numerous details, a hurricane began to approach.
That just can’t be good news as people are buried with years of work to provide a meticulous service, now can it?
Suddenly, rain began to flow – sideways – as we pretested equipment.
Phone lines went down.
Internet service was interrupted; electrical grids were diverted away from our area. And we, court reporting captioners, took it all in stride.
We calmly continued to plug in equipment, then more equipment, then additional equipment.
Much later, after a large table was filled with cords, boxes, TVs, encoders, decoders, BNCs, RCAs, and plasma equipment, and IT people began to scratch their heads, I have to share – we, the court reporting captioners, sat taller, put our shoulders back, made eye contact with little blinking and avoided prolonged sighing.
No, we had not had any lunch, though all others had dined sufficiently.
We continued to work and added additional surge protectors to send and receive NTSC composite transmissions, to create new transmissions and downconversions to analogue composites with conversions to SD/SDI components and connectors as new challenges continued to arrive – in realtime – and weather ramped up around our region.
Part II of III is posted October 20, 2010, on Monette’s Musings at www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com
Part III of III is posted October 31, 2010, on Monette’s Musings at www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com
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