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Closed Captioning Blog Many people take their hearing for granted, but for those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, closed-captioning is a vital resource. Our focus is to get the word out about the changing laws, tricks, techniques and technologies that are shaping captions. [learn more]

25 February 2011 ~ Comments

Read Captions Across America

Every year in March, in celebration of the birthday of the beloved Dr. Seuss, the National Education Association (NEA) sponsors Read Across America, an effort to get kids reading. In our society today, though, time spent with books is overshadowed by hours spent in front of a screen. To take advantage of this fact and […]

02 February 2011 ~ Comments

A New Super Bowl Record!

Every year millions of Americans throw huge parties, gather around the TV and go all out for an American tradition – The Super Bowl.  Even for those of us who could care less about which teams are playing, we still watch.  Perhaps it’s because of the outstanding half-time show or maybe because of the award-winning […]

18 January 2011 ~ Comments

New Law Brings Info and Entertainment to Everyone

What if you had access to millions of exciting images, but had no way of knowing what the images meant? That’s the situation many Americans face when they have a hearing loss and encounter uncaptioned video. It’s pretty frustrating to be shut out of such a major part of our culture. The 21st Century Communications […]

06 August 2010 ~ Comments

Providing Accessibility in the 21st Century

This year, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the “Americans with Disabilities Act,” landmark legislation that made the world much friendlier for a large portion of our population. People who live with challenges appreciate the ADA every day, but this anniversary was special, because it also marked the passage of another important piece of legislation. […]

20 April 2010 ~ Comments

Embarrassing YouTube Captions

Technology is a beautiful thing. It has brought us space travel, the artificial heart and instant access to information. Still, it has its drawbacks. Hard as we might try, technology just isn’t the same as a human touch. Let’s say you work for years and your company invest lots of money to take a spark […]

25 March 2010 ~ Comments

Understanding Captions (and Their Place)

Almost everyone has used captions at one time or another, whether they are hearing impaired or not.   Think about it – how many times have you read captions in a restaurant or at the gym? Closed captions are used everywhere. After doing my own personal survey, I have realized that most people don’t have a […]

09 March 2010 ~ Comments

New Closed Captioned Complaint Rules

Closed captions link whole segments of the population to the world, and that link is about to get stronger. The Federal Communications Commission has made it easier for the public to report captioning problems – problems that broadcasters might otherwise not know are happening. People who use closed captioning, especially those with a hearing loss, […]

01 March 2010 ~ Comments

Captioning Church Programming

Closed captioning has become such an integral part of the American communications landscape that it appears in everything from children’s educational programming to sporting events. Since it’s important for hearing-impaired individuals to have access to those sorts of programs, why not religious programming also? Sometimes faith-based organizations are strapped for cash and so they put […]

16 February 2010 ~ Comments

Final Cut 7 Makes Adding Closed Captions Easy and Economical

For a how-to guide to adding closed captions in Final Cut Pro 7, click here Adding closed captioning to your TV show in the edit suite just became a little easier. Thanks to new methods using Final Cut Pro and a supported AJA video card, there has been a revolution in the way captions are […]

09 February 2010 ~ Comments

“Super” Captions

The Super Bowl is an American tradition.  Even for people that aren’t into professional football, the entertainment value of the evening draws them.  Super Bowls of the past have been known for their outrageous half-time shows and award-winning commercials.  This year’s Super Bowl XLIV was no exception. Before the game ever happened, we were excited […]