08 January 2013 ~ Comments

The Hidden Reading Tutor

Students around the country are now back in school following the holidays.  This year, though, the break meant a unique assignment for some elementary students in Memphis, Tennessee. The homework was simple.   Students were instructed to watch television.  They could watch cartoons, movies or other programming that aired before 7:00 pm to help ensure that […]

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14 November 2011 ~ Comments

FCC Revokes Nearly 300 Captioning Exemptions

Nearly 300 churches recently received a letter from the FCC revealing that their closed captioning exemptions had been revoked.  As sudden as this notice may seemed to its recipients, the action was actually years in the making. In 1996, Congress created closed captioning requirements for television content.  Between that point and 2005, very few exemptions […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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03 February 2010 ~ Comments

Thinking of Captions Outside the Box

Many people associate captioning only with the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. It’s true that millions of Americans depend on captions for news and entertainment, but the benefits of captioning extend far beyond. Captions are also widely used in public places where noise or other distractions make them a welcome addition. Health clubs, restaurants, bars and […]

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25 January 2010 ~ Comments

The Future of Tape

For generations, tape and video have worked hand in hand.  Since the very first video picture was seen on a black and white monitor, we’ve needed a way to record and store the images we create. Live shots are great, but when we developed the ability to play them back later, we opened the door […]

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20 January 2010 ~ Comments

Closed-Captioning on YouTube

There has been much public outcry about the need to offer and even require closed-captions to internet videos, just like on television.  And truly, there is a need in this area.  But unlike television broadcasts, which are largely paid for by corporations and large advertising budgets, most of the videos on the internet are submitted […]

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19 January 2010 ~ Comments

Ask Your Tax Man

It’s been said that “only two things are certain in life — death and taxes”.  Although this is a funny little saying, it also seems very true, doesn’t it? Well, here’s a little tip that may save your small business some money.  If you have closed captioned programming, you may be eligible to receive a […]

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19 January 2010 ~ Comments

Who is Required to Close-Caption?

Broadcast With only a few exceptions, all programming for broadcast in the United States must be closed captioned.  The rules for the requirement of closed captions were directed by the U.S. Congress in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and became effective starting in 1998.  Since then, the required amount of captioning has been steadily increasing. […]

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