On February 20, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission set new rules addressing the quality of closed captions on broadcast television. These rules cite standards of accuracy, synchronicity, and placement, and they aim to ensure that the experience of deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers is in approximation with that of hearing viewers. So today, CompuScripts Captioning would like to introduce you to postproduction pop-on captioning, the choice that offers your viewers the highest-quality closed captions available.
What sets apart postproduction pop-on captioning from quick-turnaround roll-up or realtime captioning is the amount of time that is spent on your video. For postproduction pop-on captioning, your video will be viewed by a CompuScripts captioner multiple times for transcription, captioning and editing, and quality control. During this process, postproduction pop-on captions are labeled with speaker identification and may be placed at any position onscreen so that your viewer always understands who’s speaking. Postproduction pop-on captions are time-coded with speaker synchronization to within 15 frames. And if you choose the U.S. Department of Education standards, the captions are further edited, according to the targeted viewers’ age range and the nature of the content, to accommodate retention and comprehension of the information being relayed in the video in compliance with the Described and Captioned Media Program.
Is your production heavy with specific vocabulary or terms of art? When choosing postproduction pop-on captions, we have the time to make sure that if a speaker references “the Cote d’Ivoire Baule blolo bla,” the phrase is properly spelled. While researching content, we’ve chatted with everyone from a renowned linguist in Australia to a famous country musician in Tennessee!
Speaking of music, if your video features instrumental songs, postproduction pop-on captions note the titles. If the song features vocals, postproduction pop-on captions display the lyrics. Postproduction pop-on captions also allow for important sound descriptions: Artillery “booms.” Schoolchildren “giggle.” Everyone knows that birds sing, but if a red-billed streamertail is calling onscreen, the postproduction pop-on caption will read, ting-ting-ting, tee-tee-tee.
Video programmers should know that no matter what captioning style they choose, CompuScripts Captioning will deliver a quality product. But for the best captioning available, contact us to learn more about postproduction pop-on captions.