Closed Captioning Services
Capital Captions provides Closed Caption Services for broadcasters, online video makers and vloggers, as well as companies and individuals worldwide.
We offer Closed Caption Services including:
- Film closed caption services
- Television closed captions services (offline)
- Broadcast closed caption services (offline)
- Documentary closed captions services
- Promotional/advert closed caption services
- Online training/educational/learning closed caption services
- Social media closed captioning services (including Vimeo, YouTube, and others…)
About Closed Captions
Closed captions are created with the deaf and hard of hearing in mind. They include not only the spoken word, but also identification of speakers, descriptions of sound effects, indications of tone of voice, denotations of music and other elements that help to ensure that video content is fully accessible to a deaf audience.
Just think, there are currently estimated to be 11 million people with some form of hearing loss in the UK, which equates to around one in six people. With both an ageing population and early diagnosis of hearing loss in children, that’s estimated to rise to around 15 million by 2035 (one in five). Poor quality captioning can result in a lack of accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing, and when you look at the figures, that’s a pretty large audience!
Why Use Our Closed Caption Services
For broadcasters on terrestrial television, satellite television and video on-demand services, closed captions are a legal requirement in order to make video content accessible to the deaf or hard of hearing.
For online video makers or companies making promotional videos, learning videos or online media, closed captions are great because they ensure you appeal to the largest number of viewers possible. A wider target audience is achieved not only through deaf and hard of hearing viewers being able to access audio information but also through added benefits around SEO.
Especially for promotional and advertising videos where there is an important message to be conveyed, missing out even small portions of audio information can have an enormous impact on the viewer’s experience and understanding of your videos. That’s where we come in. At Capital Captions, we truly care about the deaf community, and for that reason, our top priority is to write subtitles that allow the optimum viewing experience for those without full access to sound.
Working to strict CC Guidelines in order to comply with broadcast and VoD closed captioning regulations.
Professional closed captioning services which improve accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing audiences.
Fast turnaround times. Delivery of fully optimised and encoded closed captions in a range of different formats.
Highly accurate, fast turnaround closed captioning services, all provided within your budget.
Our Closed Captions Technical Staff
Our closed caption writers and technical staff are highly experienced in their field. We hire caption writers and transcriptionists with at least two years experience within the closed captioning or subtitling sector. Above all, we value quality over speed, so we don’t use voice recognition software or stenography to create our closed captions. They are written by professionals who are able to work tirelessly to include sound effects, vocal noises and important sounds that machine software would be unable to successfully interpret. Our captions are created with the deaf or hard of hearing in mind, so as to ensure that all viewers, (hearing or not) get exactly the same viewing experience.
At Capital Captions, we strive to make sure that guidelines and standard captioning criteria are met. As well as ensuring our timings are accurate to the 1/100th second, we work hard to format, colour and place captions as best as possible to suit your videos. As and when available, we are more than happy to work with pre-written scripts; inserting additional audio information and narrative, as well as editing and adding speaker identifications as required.
We write professional closed captions for many industries. These include educational videos or documentaries as well as media, finance, property, advertising, law, technical, entertainment and more…
Closed Caption File Formats
Similarly, we provide closed captions in a variety of formats which include:
Broadcast Closed Caption Formats
Software/Online Media Closed Caption Formats
|.STL – .ESY – .X32 – .PAC – .SAMI – .SMIL – .CIN – .AYA – .890 – .XIF – .CIP – .RAC – .CHK – .CAP – .ULT – .USF – .L32 – .TIT – .ST4 / .ST7
|.SRT – .SSA – .PSB – .RT – .VTT – .TTXT – .SSF – .ASS – .USF
Video File Formats
We are able to work with video in a wide range of formats, and also regularly use conversion software for less common video formats. Most of the video files we receive include the formats below:
.MKV, .MXF, .MP4, .WMV, .MPEG-1, .DV, .WEBM, .MOV, .MPEG-2, .DIVX, .P4V, .VOB, .AVI, .XVID, .AXF, .OGV, and more…
Video and Closed Captions File Transfer
Because we value confidentiality and file security, our preferred method of file delivery is via our secure DropBox FTP. However, we are happy to work with whatever file delivery methods you prefer, including via website or social media links, file transfer protocols or sites such as YouSendIt, WeTransfer and more. We are also able to accept files via post or courier.
Do please take note, when saving or burning on your closed captions, we require a high quality original copy of your video (which has not been compressed or resized for online distribution) for the most professional results.
The Closed Captioning Process
At Capital Captions, we currently provide offline closed captioning services. Rather than working with stenographers on a live feed basis, we use pre-recorded material to transcribe scripts including both spoken word, music and audio description.
Many broadcasters or video providers have their own specifications for closed captioning, but where a service provider has not provided guidelines or a template, Capital Captions standard templates can be used.
Upon receipt of your video file, once a suitable transcript has been created, timings will be added onto your video, timed with absolute precision to the 1/100th second. We will also at this stage, proofread the script to ensure punctuation, spelling and grammar is absolutely impeccable. Following this, closed caption style and placement will be formatted, and the finished captions burned to your video (if requested) before delivery.
Closed Caption Service Rates
Prices for closed captions start from as low as £3.00 per video minute. Rates vary depending on video quality, the presence of a pre-written script, turnaround and technical requirements, as well as other factors.
Turnaround Times for Closed Caption Services
Turnaround times can vary based on the length of your videos, as well as the subject area and any formatting requirements. While urgent turnarounds can depend on staff capacity, we currently offer the following options:
- Urgent <6 Hour Closed Caption Service
- Overnight/24 Closed Caption Service
- Standard 48 Hour Closed Caption Service
- Budget One Week Closed Caption Service
For a comprehensive list of our captioning options, feel free to take a look at our closed captioning services. If you require more information, contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or maybe give us a call on +44 (0) 1634 867 131.