Captions

What are captions?

Captions are text-based alternatives to multimedia content.  The spoken dialogue and sound effects from the original soundtrack are displayed on screen in real time as the video plays.

Why are captions important?

Captions present the same information that is provided either through audio-only content or audio content that is synchronized with video content.  Providing captions helps to ensure that the audio is available to individuals who are unable to access information presented in an audible format.

Captions are used to make audio content accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing and captions may also help those who may not be fluent in the language used in the audio content.

Captions vs. Subtitles

 

Open vs. Closed Captions

 

Prerecorded Multimedia

 

Live Events

 

What to Include in Captions

 

Visual Presentation of Captions

 

Visual Customizability

 

Caption file format