What Is the Difference Between Open and Closed Captioning?
In our many years of being a video production company in metro Atlanta, we have seen firsthand how pivotal videos can be in distance learning as well as in a variety of web-based educational applications. To allow deaf or hearing-impaired students to also benefit from educational videos, producers now add captioning to their educational video materials.
Captions are on-screen text descriptions that display a video’s dialogue. They also describe relevant onscreen sounds and identify speakers. Without captions, deaf or hearing-impaired viewers will not be able to derive any significant benefits from the video. Captions are carefully coordinated and synchronized with the video images to ensure a clear and enjoyable viewing experience for both hearing and hearing-impaired viewers.
Video products with closed captions place the onus on the user to turn on the capability of their device in order for the captioned text to be displayed. Some viewers with normal hearing are distracted by the captions that appear on the screen as they watch the video and welcome the freedom to choose to turn captioning on or off. Since 1993, all television sets sold in the United States that are 13 inches or larger are required to have built-in decoders that viewers can use to turn captioning on or off on their sets.
For online video viewers, most major media viewer software applications now support closed captioning, although this capability is not always supported by the mobile applications of their products. So you can watch a captioned video on your desk top, but maybe not on your tablet or phone.
Some viewers support open captions for all video products. This means the captions are always in view and cannot be turned off. People who hold this view argue that open captions benefit more than deaf or hearing-impaired viewers. They also help viewers whose first language is not English as well as viewers in a noisy viewing environment.
The decision to use closed or open captioning is, of course, one that can only be made by the video producers. The important thing is to recognize the crucial role that captioning plays in educational video programming and to support it in either one of its forms.
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