Here are some frequently asked questions about captioning and subtitling which can help you understand more about the importance and benefits of subtitles.
What Are Captions And Subtitles Anyway?
Closed captions or subtitles are the textual equivalent of the audio of the film. There are subtitle companies that specialise in embedding these easy to read texts into the film.
Why Do We Need To Put Captions Or Subtitles To Films?
There are lots of benefits to having captions or subtitles added to movies or films. One of them is faster comprehension of the film. There are films and documentaries with plots or storyline that are difficult for an average person to follow. If you are showing the film to non-experts, it will help if they have a written guide to follow. The captions can show words that the audience were not familiar with before. If it is a documentary or a history program that is heavy with unfamiliar words, it will be better to have it shown with subtitles to make comprehension easier.
Aside from helping in the learning process of people, especially of students, having captions or subtitles in films improves concentration. Film viewing will turn out to be more of a success if the viewers can easily grasp the story behind the film through the subtitles. People tend to get bored when they are forced to watch a movie that is not of their choosing. You can immediately capture their interest if there are subtitles to guide them. harry potter subtitles
Interactive TV and similar gadgets that show films or shows with captions can often help the hearing impaired who are watching at home.
Who Can Benefit From Captions And Subtitles?
Practically anyone can benefit from it. It helps make understanding certain scenes and snatches of dialogues easier. With the subtitles, you are able to understand certain scenes that might have been beyond your understanding before.
Children and hearing-impaired people can also benefit enormously from films with subtitles. It allows them to enjoy films and understand them better without the issues of poor vocabulary or poor hearing.
Can You Put Subtitles In A Film Yourself?
There are available web-based tools and downloadable tools that can be used to add subtitles or captions to films. One can search for a software and follow a guide or a tutorial. However, subtitling is not a walk in the park. You have to think about proper synchronisation of the subtitles and the audio. You also have to think about proper placement of the text. Big videos, documentaries, historical educational materials are big projects that are difficult to tackle by a novice subtitler. In fact, this is better left to the professionals.
There are also a lot of pros and cons of using readily available software. There are certain technologies that will not let you alter the colour or the style of the captions. Some are not versatile. You can’t play it on interactive TV. If you have interactive TV at home, make sure you use software that can allow you to play the subtitles in this TV set.
Downloadable software is still better compared to web-based tools. Look for simple and easy to understand programs such as MAGpie, CapScribe, Jubler or MacCaption. They all have their pros and cons so you might want to check out the features of the software first before downloading them.
The problem with web-based and downloadable tools is that they do not always accomplish the job well. Many people who attempt to add captions to their films using this kind of software find more than a little difficulty in synchronising the text to the audio. There are also a lot of botched up translation jobs where the words do not seem to correspond with the text. This can be highly annoying to the viewers especially when they are forced to watch a film with poorly synchronised or poorly translated text.