What It Takes to Caption Music: Thoughts In Wake of Lawsuit Over Lyrics Captioning

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To follow up on a previous blog on this case, courts recently sided with Hollywood studios over a lawsuit with the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing concerning the lack of song-lyric captions, leaving caption content at the studios’ discretion. “From the description of both parties, … Read More

Offline Hurdles: The Power of Briefs

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Autocorrecting Your Way to a Smarter Workflow Yelling frustrations into smartphones has become an almost daily part of life. As we hurriedly zip out texts, this function has the tendency to take the reins and skew meaning in annoying, sometimes hilarious, ways. By taking control of this system, offline captioners … Read More

Offline Hurdles: The Captioned Puzzle

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Clarity, Accuracy, and Timing in Accessible Programming There are a few different styles in which television is captioned, each with its own merits and flaws, but the four pillars of closed captioning are as follows: Accuracy: Captioning shall match the spoken words (or song lyrics when provided on the audio … Read More

VITAC’s Realtime Captioners and Coordinators: Golden

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As the Olympics Wind Down, We Thank our Realtime Department Our last post focused on VITAC’s preparation for captioning the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, nearly doubling our daily volume across at least seven different NBC Universal-owned networks, five live Multi-Distribution System feeds, and multiple web channels. The games come to an end … Read More

Bilingualism on Live Television: a Captioner’s Perspective

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VITAC Captions Speeches That Transition Between English and Spanish at the DNC As most of us are already well aware thanks to TV, social media, and the dinner table, the election season for most Americans is one of interest, excitement, hope, and sometimes frustration. For a closed captioning company, it is … Read More

Caption Screenshots: Fact or Faked?

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Closed Captioning Snips Are Usually Edited While funny closed captioning screenshots give many people a good chuckle while scrolling through their Twitter feed, it’s important to realize that some, or even most, of these photos are in fact, fake. How do we know? It’s standard practice here at VITAC to … Read More

VITAC’s Offline Department: Spelling Confirmation Specialists

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Our offline department captions over 57,000 prerecorded programs per year for countless networks, independent producers, and web series. With so many different proper names, terms, and places, our offline captioners have their plates full with keeping track of it all. For example, we’ve received several inquiries from the dedicated fan … Read More