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At McGowan Transcriptions, we can provide premium quality closed captioning services that meet the highest standards in accuracy and comprehension. See below for more information on how we create closed captions and why they can help your organisation.

What Are Closed Captions?

Although similar to subtitles in some respects, there is actually a difference between subtitles and closed captions. Subtitles show the spoken words in a video – whether that’s exchanges between characters in a television show, or a transcription of a training video to make things clearer.

Closed captions provide more information than this, often working on the assumption that an audience cannot hear the audio. Captioning displays the dialogue in text form, as well as further information about the audio – for instance, describing background noises, sound effects, onomatopoeia, and music. They can also include important information about aspects like tone of voice to further aid understanding and comprehension of video content.

Closed caption formats can be turned on or off as necessary, making them a great option for those with hearing loss or deafness. They provide all the information that’s needed to understand the video and are an essential accessibility tool.

Closed captions are incorporated into video by creating a separate file that’s uploaded alongside the video file itself and synced using time stamps. Audiences can then choose whether or not to display the closed captions along with the video. This is in contrast to open captions, which are burned into media files and remain visible at all times.

Most online video services like YouTube offer the ability to display closed captions while television captions are embedded in the signal and are decoded by the television set. Closed captions are legally required for all broadcast television in the UK. Television captioning is also a legal requirement for online on-demand content.

YouTube now has an inbuilt automatically generated closed caption audio description service; however, this can be insufficient. Although one billion videos now feature closed captions, there has been criticism around the fact that the voice recognition can be inaccurate. If you’re serious about improving accessibility to your videos, we’d highly recommend the use of our professional closed captioning service, rather than an automated closed caption software.

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