Watch: VITAC’s “How Offline Captions Work” webinar

by: David Titmus

VITAC’s latest webinar – “How Offline Captions Work” – is now available online for anyone who missed it or who might want to watch it again. Unlike captions that are created in real time for live programs or events, offline captions are created in advance for prerecorded programs. VITAC’s offline … Read More

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 a Platinum Sponsor of Streaming Media West 2018

by: David Titmus

VITAC CMO John Capobianco Among the Conference’s Featured Speakers Captions continue to expand well beyond traditional television, reaching new audiences every day via screens, tablets, and smartphones. With an hour of video uploaded to YouTube every second, and 85 percent of Facebook video viewed without sound, companies have taken notice … Read More

Now Showing: Rule in Place Requiring Movie Theaters to be More Accessible

by: David Titmus

A rule designed to make movie theaters more accessible to those with hearing or vision difficulties is now in effect at theaters across the country. Under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Movie Captioning and Audio Description Rule requires movie theaters that show digital movies make … Read More

Viewers, ‘Queer Eye’ Star Bring Caption Quality Concerns to Netflix

by: David Titmus

The topic of caption quality made headlines last week after television viewers took to social media to voice their complaints over the inaccurate captions they see on Netflix shows, including makeover show “Queer Eye.” Fans of the show took to Twitter to complain about captions that often misrepresented, censored, or … 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

VITAC’s Offline Department: Spelling Confirmation Specialists

by: VITAC

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