How to Setup spf.io for Livestreaming Audio Interpretation

When you have a volunteer who can provide live spoken interpretation, spf.io will help you to distribute the translation so audience members can easily get translation on their own device–no headset equipment required! All an attendee needs is a smartphone and headphones. Follow these steps for the spf.io audio interpretation setup.

 

On-site Interpreter Use Case

Equipment Needed:

  • Laptop running Google Chrome
  • Reliable (ideally wired) internet connection
  • A microphone connected to the laptop for the interpreter to speak into (don’t use a laptop’s built-in microphone unless you are in a separate room, it picks up background noise very easily!)

 

Setup Instructions if Interpreter is On-Site:

1. Set up your laptop with a microphone and reliable internet. To avoid wi-fi connectivity issues, this would ideally be a wired ethernet connection. However if that is not available you may use your cellphone as a mobile hotspot.

2. Log into spf.io and click on “Create Session”. Enter a title for the session. Under languages, select the language that will be spoken up front and the language that you will be interpreting into. Then scroll down and click “Create new session.”

Image showing how to create a new session

3. Open the Streamer for the session.

An annotated screenshot of what users should press to stream audio

4. Ensure that the channel is set properly (i.e. if you are streaming English audio, it should be set to EN) and then press the microphone to start streaming audio.

This image is an annotated screenshot showing what the user should click to stream audio.

5. Grant the browser permission to access the microphone and select the correct microphone input to stream.

An annotated screenshot of what to click to select the right microphone device to stream from

6. Check the audio visualizer to confirm audio is coming through. Speak into the microphone and see the visualizer respond to the audio feed.

An annotated screenshot of how to verify that audio is streaming

7. Test to confirm the translation is accessible to the audience by visiting <yoururl>.spf.io/z on a smartphone. Select the language you are interpreting into and click on the audio icon to enable and hear the audio livestream come through.

Screenshot indicating how to enable the audio in the mobile view

If you do not hear the audio coming through, check if the /z shortcut is pointing to the correct session. To do this in spf.io, click on “Sessions” in the menu and see the full list of sessions. Next to the session you’ve created for your event, see if the pin icon is highlighted in blue or green. If it is not, click on the pin to point the /z URL shortcut to this session. Once it is highlighted, re-enter the <yoururl>.spf.io/z URL on your smartphone and confirm it is pointing to your session.

Image indicating where the /z shortcut pin is located8. Share the spf.io URL with attendees that need translation and show them how to get setup and listen to the audio interpretation. Then you’re ready to go with live spoken interpretation!


Remote Interpreter Use Case

Equipment Needed:

  • On-site Laptop running Google Chrome
  • Reliable (ideally wired) internet connection
  • Venue soundboard connected to the on-site computer
  • Interpreter’s laptop with headphones and microphone (you may use the laptop’s built-in microphone for remote interpretation)

 

On-site Setup for Remote Interpretation:

1. Connect the on-site laptop with venue soundboard so that the spoken audio is a microphone input into the laptop.

2. Then, follow the same steps in the “On-site Interpreter Setup“.

For Remote Interpreters:

1. Set up your laptop with a microphone and reliable internet. To avoid wi-fi connectivity issues, this would ideally be a wired ethernet connection. However if that is not available you may use your cellphone as a mobile hotspot.

2. Log into spf.io and identify the session that you will be interpreting for. In the menu on the left-hand side, click on Sessions. You will see a list of created sessions, click on the session title for your event.

3. Open the Streamer for the session.

An annotated screenshot of what users should press to stream audio

4. Ensure that the channel is set properly (i.e. if you are providing Spanish interpretation, it should be set to ES).

5. Enter the “Interpreter” mode by clicking on the “Interpreter” icon in the bottom right-hand corner.

6. Plug in headphones to the laptop and enable “Stream source audio” to be able to listen to the venue’s sound for interpretation. Ensure that the channel it is listening to is the source channel–meaning the spoken language at the event.

7. Click the microphone icon to start streaming audio. It may ask you to grant access to the microphone, click “Allow.” Check the audio visualizer to confirm audio is coming through. Speak into the microphone and see the visualizer respond to the audio feed.

8. Test to confirm the translation is accessible to the audience by visiting <yoururl>.spf.io/z on a smartphone. Select the language you are interpreting into and click on the audio icon to enable and hear the audio livestream come through.

Screenshot indicating how to enable the audio in the mobile view

Depending on the internet connection, it may take up to 10 seconds for the audio connection to successfully go through. If you do not hear the audio coming through, check if the /z shortcut is pointing to the correct session. To do this in spf.io, click on “Sessions” in the menu and see the full list of sessions. Next to the session you’ve created for your event, see if the pin icon is highlighted in blue or green. If it is not, click on the pin to point the /z URL shortcut to this session. Once it is highlighted, re-enter the <yoururl>.spf.io/z URL on your smartphone and confirm it is pointing to your session.

Image indicating where the /z shortcut pin is located

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