Three Things That Happen When You Don’t Use Captions

by: David Titmus

For some, closed captions are simply those words that pop up at the bottom of the television (or computer or tablet or cell phone) that describe the on-screen dialogue and action. But for more than 50 million Americans in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, captions are so much more — … Read More

VITAC Offline Captioning Webinar Set for Nov. 13

by: David Titmus

VITAC, a full-service leader in captioning and accessibility services for more than 30 years, is proud to be the exclusive provider of offline captioning for prerecorded programming on more than two dozen television networks. Unlike captions that are created in real time for live programs or events, offline captions are … Read More

VITAC Provides Live-Captions, Transcripts for SHRM Diversity & Inclusion Conference

by: David Titmus

VITAC was proud to be a sponsor of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition, held earlier this week in Atlanta, Georgia. The popular conference attracted more than 800 human resources professionals and diversity experts, and featured more than 35 discussion and information … Read More

VITAC Welcomes CCAC Court Reporting Students

by: David Titmus

Nearly two dozen first-year students in CCAC’s (Community College of Allegheny County) stenography and court reporting program visited VITAC this week to learn more about captions and see first-hand how realtime and offline captions are created. Mary Beth Johnson runs the CCAC program, and brings her students each year for … Read More

Captioning Spirits, Spooks, and Specters on ‘Haunted Live’ a Scary-Good Time

by: David Titmus

“Haunted Live,” which premiered last month on Travel Channel, is not your typical ghost hunting show. Sure, it’s got all the spooky creaks, unexplained shadows, and mysteriously closing doors that you’ve come to expect from supernatural sleuthing shows, but “Haunted Live” uniquely enlists the aid of viewers to help drive … Read More

Save the Date: VITAC Captioning Webinar Set for Oct. 2

by: David Titmus

Captioning has become central to media consumption in the United States — whether across traditional broadcast, social media channels, or through streaming media — and it continues to proliferate across all platforms. (Case in point: more than 1 billion hours of YouTube videos are watched every day.) From the conference … Read More

FCC Seeking Comments on Proposed Changes to Captioned Telephone Service, ASR

by: David Titmus

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comments on petitions filed over its proposed changes to the Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS). The petitions, filed by Sprint Corporation with the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, call for clarification of the commission’s IP CTS suggestion regarding the use … Read More

The US Open, NCAA Football, the NFL, and a Busy End to August

by: David Titmus

The end of August means many things — students returning to classes, the last weeks of summer, and the busiest days of the year for VITAC captioners. As a 24/7, 365-day-a-year operation, busy days are nothing new to VITAC captioners, production coordinators, schedulers, and supervisors. This time of year, however, … Read More

VITAC Named an Approved Vendor for California Community Colleges’ Distance Education Captioning and Transcription Grant

by: David Titmus

According to the California Community Colleges, distance education – the education of students who may not always be physically present at a school – comprises the college system’s fastest growing segment of enrollment. These types of courses include online classes, hybrid classes (where some instructional hours are offered remotely), telecourses, … Read More

VITAC’s John Capobianco Discusses Caption Quality, Industry on National Podcast

by: David Titmus

VITAC Chief Marketing Officer John Capobianco recently was featured on a national podcast regarding captions and accessibility. The “Bars and Tone” podcast, a production through the Association for Higher Education Communications Technology Advancement (AHECTA), devoted its July podcast to the captioning sector, including discussion on live, pre-recorded, municipal, and web … Read More