What are closed captions?

Let’s start at the beginning. The difference between closed captions and subtitling is the latter displays a translation of audio into text, such as when the programming is being transmitted in a foreign language. Closed captions are the audio description of the programming for people who have an audio impairment or who are hard of hearing. This can include speech, sound effects and musical cues, so the viewer can understand what is going on and still follow the program.

By July 2017, the FCC ruling for closed captions on Internet video comes into effect, stating that all live or near-live video clips must have closed captions posted no later than 8-12 hours (depending on whether it is live or near-live) after the program is first shown on TV. So you need to ensure that your programs are compliant with the rulings by this date.

Editing video content with closed captions

Closed captions are very easy to use in Forscene – they can be imported with the footage, edited directly on the timeline just like a title, and published with the final output. It doesn’t matter whether the video content is being exported to the web, to social media or as an EDL to be finished in another editing system, as Forscene can integrate into any existing workflow. The advantage our professional video editor gives you is that it’s proven to save you time on your production – just read the quote from ABC7’s Susan Hardin when the Field59 and Forscene platform was implemented into their news production workflow earlier this year.

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Amy Creeden

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