The Simple Guide to Captioning
What is captioning?
Closed captions are a visual representation of the audio in a video. Captions allow video to become accessible to deaf and hard of hearing individuals, by providing a text-based and time-synchronized alternative to the audio.
In addition to spoken audio, captions also include non-speech elements like speaker IDs and sounds that are critical to understanding what is happening in a video.
A video with captions will usually display a CC icon.
Did You Know?
It took 44 years after the invention of television for closed captioning to be introduced, ensuring programmes became accessible for those who were deaf or hard of hearing!
More than 48 million (20%) Americans have some degree of hearing loss. 60% of these individuals are either in the workforce or in an educational setting.
Approximately 71% of people with disabilities will leave a website immediately if it is not accessible. Closed captions are therefore essential for allowing information to reach the masses!
What are the benefits?
There have been many studies that have found that people recall information better after seeing and hearing it, than hearing alone. As captions are visual aids of the spoken-word, they can certainly improve memory recall!
Children may also find benefit in using captions to aid their reading comprehension, similarly with students being assisted to understand read content. Individuals for whom English is their second language (ESL) may also find captions helpful with spelling and pronunciation.
Wherever there is difficult language, poor audio, or complicated information, captions can clarify the content for the audience. At Kaptions4U, we are committed to providing our professional captioning services to a variety of venues and across many different devices. Get in touch to ask us how we can help you today!