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Humans & TTML – the ultimate answer to the captioning question?
Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2015
Take a skilled human, lightly sprinkle with TTML and bake in a captions workflow for 30 minutes. Is this the answer to getting the right captions at the right price?
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Captions: Words to the Wise
Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I want to talk about closed captions, or hearing impaired subtitles, or whatever you call them in your territory. You know what I mean: the transcription of the spoken word, in text at the bottom of the screen, which you can turn on and off: 
 
Why do I want to talk about them: because I think they are important. And they are important for a number of reasons – maybe more than you think.
Posted by Bruce Devlin
We're still not out - Broadcast-IT Workflow Blog scores a century
Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
As I reported in a previous article, we have managed to generate more than 100 entries in our first year of this esteemed blog. We have hundreds of dedicated subscribers, reading the comments on every continent, in every time zone: In true cricketing style, I think this qualifies for one of the ...
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Why Captioning Need Not Be Scary
Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
So here’s the problem. Closed captions – or subtitles outside North America – are now pretty much mandatory on television broadcasts: and even if the law does not require them, your audience still expects them. Today consumers expect to get their “television content” online and on handheld devices as well as from broadcast sources. Not unreasonably, many of them will expect to find captions on these services just as they would on broadcast television. So we really ought to be sure that captions are created as part of the production, and delivered whatever the platform. But… I count today 15 different subtitle input types, and 23 different delivery types for different platforms. So that is 345 different combinations, which means a lot of transcoding. Add to that the need to reconsider captions for different screen resolutions and you could end up with thousands of different paths. Which is why people tend to run away screaming from the problem.
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Put it in Writing - Cicero and Closed Captioning
Posted: Tuesday, October 01, 2013
When Cicero said, “the good of the people is the chief law”, he was probably not thinking about closed captioning, given that he said it about 2100 years ago. But whether or not they are mandated by law, I think we all agree thatclosed captions – or subtitles – are very much "for the good of the...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Online Captions – An Update from the FCC
Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I bring good news to all! The FCC has recently issued an orderstating that baby video monitorsare exempt from having to decode closed captions! Phew, that is going to make all the difference in the world for the media industry: As you will know if you are an avid reader of this blog, the FCC in ...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
How to Maximize your time in Sports Bars and Airport Lounges with Closed Captions
Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2013
If, like me, you spend far more time in airports than is good for you, then you will be familiar with the television sets dotted around the lounges, largely silent but with the subtitles or closed captionson. Usually tuned to a news program, the captions themselves become hypnotic, and you canno...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Clarifying the Words: Captioning Beyond the Public Service Obligation
Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
A little while ago, I wrote here about the US requirement for subtitles – closed captions – to be included on IP-delivered content as well as television. But what about the rest of the world? The first thing to say is that the world is a pretty big place, which means that the practice ofsubtitli...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Captions and the Dusty Purlieus of the Law
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
It was the poet Tennyson who wrote about “brawling courts and dusty purlieus of the law”. Which may seem like an unlikely point to start a technical blog, but bear with me: 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act Broadcasting has always been regulated by law, and as technology...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Captioning Glasses for Movie Theaters
Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
While captioning and subtitlingis mandated by law for all video content aired on TV and now on the web too, it's not the case for mainstream movies shown in theaters. Which means that until now, the hearing impaired had limited options: Either find one of the rare few theaters screening their se...
Posted by Bruce Devlin

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