Refreshed VITAC Website Includes New Features, Revamped ‘Customer Corner,’ and Answers to your Questions

by: David Titmus

If you’ve tried picking up a few items at the local home improvement store these past few weekends (or, better yet, tried to find an empty parking space in their crowded lots), you know that spring cleaning season is upon us. Well, we noticed it, too, and decided to do … Read More

10 Simple Ways to Make a Captioner’s Job Easier (and Everyone Else Happier)

by: Monica Brooks

As captioners, we listen to people talking all day, and it’s our job to figure out how to translate that into written text. Everyone has shows they like and dislike, but some programs are simply easier to caption than others. The qualities that make for low-stress captioning tend to be … Read More

Heads Up Daily: It’s (Mostly) Fun and Games Bringing Captions to eSports Show

by: Sarah McPartland

When the average person hears “HUD,” they think of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal agency responsible for addressing America’s housing needs and enforcing fair housing laws. Isn’t that what we all think of when we hear “HUD?” Well, maybe not all. In VITAC Offline, “HUD” stands for something entirely … Read More

Vacationing in the Land of Soap Operas: Bringing Captions to Genoa City and the Forrester Fashion Scene

by: Sarah McPartland

Most of us as children were forced to endure the trials and tribulations of small towns like Genoa City, Wisconsin, or the drama of the Los Angeles fashion industry when visiting with our grandmothers. They would be fixated on the television screen each morning, drinking coffee and explaining that Katherine … Read More

An Olympic Effort

by: David Titmus

VITAC Working Around-the-Clock to Caption This Month’s Winter Games After traveling more than 1,200 miles by plane, train, sailboat, bicycle, cable car, and robot (yes, robot!) over the past 100 days, the Olympic torch will arrive in PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, South Korea, this week to officially start the XXIII Olympic … Read More

Celebrating the Season at HDS

by: David Titmus

The holidays never fail to bring the best out in people and, for the past 22 years, VITAC and its employees have been embracing this season’s joy, warmth, and charity as a proud participant in the Angel Gift exchange program and holiday party at the Center for Hearing and Deaf … Read More

Vice Media: Find Your Tribe, Tell Your Story, and I’ll Caption It.

by: Sarah McPartland

by Sarah McPartland, Senior Offline Captioner ©   The road to becoming an Offline Captioner is somewhat like going back to school. You spend roughly four to six weeks perfecting your writing skills, add math into the mix at some point, then become a pro once you’ve researched and verified some … Read More

5 Things You Don’t Know About Television Until You Caption It

by: VITAC

by Johnathan Moore 1.  You will forever rate how difficult a show would be to caption. Five excitable celebrity chefs talking in unison and switching places on screen? Bring it on. 2.  Your inner monologue will begin speaking in captions and sound effects. Offline captioner DJ Shoemaker says, “I will … Read More

Offline Hurdles: The Power of Briefs

by: VITAC

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

VITAC Behind the Scenes: The Finance Department’s Accounting Assistants

by: VITAC

Spotlighting the work of Fran Zvonkovich, Lori Faraoni, Donna Fraser, and Joyce Matthews in Accounting. Last time we met, Todd Osleger gave us just a peak into his role as a Senior Offline Captioner at VITAC. This week, we travel downstairs to Accounting Lane for a look at the roles that Accounting Assistants Fran … Read More