CaptionPoint is the only application specifically designed to create live event captions from a script. By adding some simple formatting to any text, you can build captions with a system that was built to make captions…not a slideshow.
CaptionPoint the App makes it easy for you to build DIY captions. But what if you don’t want to do the work yourself? We will help you turn your script into captions that anyone can run at your theater performance or live event.
What’s the difference between “open” and “closed” captions? “CART” and “pre-scripted” captions? What gear do I need to show captions for my live event? We’ve got answers to these questions and a whole lot more.
Matt Bivins, co-founder of CaptionPoint and developer, grew up in the theater. When he’s not coding, Matt is either in a play or going out to watch one. He wanted to share his love of live theater with his wife, Lindsay, who is deaf. Now they're helping to make the world more accessible, one script at a time.
Lindsay, co-founder, has lived a lifetime watching captions. So she knows how to turn any script into an artful set of captions. Once upon a time the only way she could see a live play is if she read a script beforehand. Thanks to her work, she doesn't have that problem any more.
If you want to provide accessibility to your d/Deaf and hard of hearing patrons, churchgoers or followers by yourself, you don’t have a ton of options. PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Slides are amazing. But they weren’t built to build captions quickly and easily.
In CaptionPoint, you work directly with the text of your script. Simple formatting creates the captions, allowing you to easily highlight character names, remove stage directions, and more. You're not copying words into a slide. You’re using the first app built to make captions.
You have an accessibility budget but it’s not enough to pay for a full-time accessibility designer. You have time to make edits but not build the captions from scratch. Or you just want pros that have been captioning plays for years do the job.
Let us do the bulk of the work: send us your script, we’ll build the captions for you. You can use The App to make last-minute edits to the captions, and have someone easily run them the night of the show.
What gear do you need? Is it really expensive and complicated? What’s the difference between building and running captions? It’s all expensive and hard, right?
Every theater, religious building, political arena is different. We’ll help you find the right system for your event. We have been doing this for a while, in a lot of different spaces, so you can trust us to help you make your space more accessible to the d/Deaf and hard of hearing.
CaptionPoint will be available for Mac and Windows, to start. You'll use the app to both build and run your captions.
We'll tell you everything you need to know to get your captions running. And we'll also have tips on how to make them pretty.
Using simple formatting, you'll turn your lines of dialogue into captions. Colors, fonts, spacing: you'll have full control over the final result.
Connect your computer to a projector, TV, or mobile device and click "go". You advance the captions during the show. You're captioning live theater!
If you'd rather us do the heavy lifting, we've got a team that knows how to build captions from a script, fast. The finished captions will be downloaded into your account and you can make any edits (sound cues, last minute script changes) you need.
You don't have time to edit what we've built? No problem. Send us archival video and audio from two nights of your performance and we can do all the fine-tuning of your captions, too.
In the Chicagoland Area only:
The full-service package! We'll build, edit, and then run your captions the night (or nights) of the show if you live in or near Chicago. No need to find or train staff for the night.
The CaptionPoint team has a combined 30+ years of design, development, project management, and theater experience. We have a unique understanding of a theater's time and budgetary constraints... we know how imperative it is for CaptionPoint to be both affordable and easy to use.
Matthew Bivins has been performing on stage since he was five and developing websites for ten years. Preferring to provide tech know-how to nonprofits and organizations in the performing arts world, Matt has built sites for jazz organizations, dance companies, and theaters.
Evan Bivins has been designing for web, apps and print since 2008. With his brother, Matt, they've focused on social good projects and non-profits. His mission is to make the CaptionPoint user experience effortless, intuitive and effective.
Lindsay Jean provides the team the most important perspective of all - that of the deaf and hard of hearing. Her insights shape the way the team approaches building this system. In addition, she provides promotional, marketing and social media support.