Closed Captioning

Closed Captioning for All Audiences

Closed captioning logoClosed captioning (CC) or subtitling is for the deaf or hard of hearing whereas audio description for the blind. Closed captioning and subtitling are both processes of displaying text on a screen to provide additional or interpretive information. Closed captioning transcribes every sound while subtitles transcribe spoken words only.

Closed versus “open” captioning indicates that the captions are not visible until activated by the viewer. Open captions or subtitles are “burned” into the video and are visible to all viewers.

Closed captioning is required on all programs that are broadcasted in the United States. If a program first airs on television, it must include the closed captioning when it replayed on the internet.

The Closed Captioning Process

Closed captioning starts by transcripting the audio into a text file. If a written script exists, then it’s just a matter of copying and pasting that text into a closed captioning format. There are many video formats and most formats support closed captioning. SubRip (.srt) files are the most common and are used on YouTube and Vimeo. When turned on, the text is always displayed on the lower-third of the screen. There are more advanced closed captioning formats that allow for changing the text’s position, font style and font color but the support for playback is limited.

Online video streaming

Videos on YouTube have closed captioning automatically added, but the accuracy is far from perfect. Mediapolis can edit the text to correct the inaccuracies or provide an additional language.

Additional Languages

Closed captioning can display additional languages. Your main audience speaks English, but it’s important for other segments of your audience who don’t speak English to understand the content. Mediapolis can create additional closed captioning for any language.

Live Captioning

Live captioning is captioning process used for live webcasts or broadcasts to add captions to video on the fly. It requires several important tools. The first is a source of transcription such as a stenographer or speech recognition software.

Closed captioning is for all audiences. When was the last time you were in a sports bar and the sound was turned off but you could understand what was happening because you could read the text.

We look forward to working with you on your next project that needs closed captioning. Contact Mediapolis today to get started.

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