Captioning Trivia: Results!


Last week we asked fans of the blog to put their captioning knowledge to the test in our first-ever captioning trivia challenge. This week, we reveal the answers! Check them out below, or if you haven’t taken the quiz yet, look at the post from last week before you read the answers.

1. The first captioned news broadcast was captioned live by a trained stenographer just over 40 years ago.

Correct answer: B) FALSE. The first captioned news broadcast was captioned offline (like most prerecorded programming) in just under four hours, by a crew of five people. The live broadcast occurred at 6pm and The Captioned ABC News aired at 10 — in between, the entire broadcast had to be captioned.

2. A standard line of roll-up captioning can hold up to how many characters?

Correct answer: C) 32. Though the length of the line can be adjusted according to client specifications, a standard line of roll-up captioning that uses all the available space holds 32 characters.

3. “Open captioning” is the same thing as “subtitling.”

Correct answer: B) FALSE. Open captions are “burned” into the picture and cannot be toggled on and off. Subtitles can be turned on and off, and are generally intended for use by hearing audiences who may not understand the language being spoken. As such, subtitles do not include sound effects.

4. A Realtime Captioner’s steno machine, which he or she uses to “write” realtime programming, has how many keys?

Correct answer: B) 22. Unlike a standard keyboard for a computer, a steno machine has 22 keys, which the Captioner presses simultaneously in specific combinations to produce syllables, rather than individual characters.

Tune in next week for an important reminder about CVAA captioning regulations that go into effect on March 30, 2014.