What Type of Captioning is Right for You?
Stadium & Arena Captioning
Captions are delivered to stadiums, arenas or other venues and displayed on Daktronics boards, Jumbotrons or hand-held devices. A steno-captioner may be on-site at the venue or at a remote location.
Broadcast Captioning, or closed captioning, was developed to provide access to deaf and hard-of-hearing television viewers. A captioner transmits text from a remote location through a stenograph machine, captioning software, and a modem to an encoder at the station or production site.
CART, Communication Access Realtime Translation, captioning is a service provided to deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers using the same technology of a stenograph machine and software outputting text to a computer, television monitor, or LCD projector screen on-site at a meeting, convention or other event. CART captioning can also be provided remotely through the internet.
Online Captioning v. Offline Captioning*
Online captioning is performed by a broadcast captioner during live programming, such as news and sports, or pre-recorded syndicated shows uplinked to a satellite.
Offline captioning is performed by captioning editors for taped programming such as sitcoms and movies. The primary difference is the turnaround time and the skills required.
Online captions are done in realtime, instantaneously, whereas offline captions can be produced in days, weeks, or even months in advance.
Most online captioners began training and working as court reporters, learning a shorthand theory on a stenograph machine and then honing their realtime skills to the level required for broadcast captioning.
A great number of these steno-captioners work remotely, which can be of great benefit to clients as they are available day and night as well as holidays and weekends. Additionally, remote captioners can provide captioning of any program or event regardless of its location.
* c2cc does not offer offline captioning services except online videos