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What is Open Captioning?

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Open captions appear on your TV or computer screen during a program to illustrate spoken speech as text. Captions are formulated to make it more comfortable for viewers who are deaf or find it difficult to hear to enjoy a television or online streaming program.

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Captions are also useful in loud areas, or locations where many televisions are operating several shows simultaneously.

The difference between Open caption and  Closed Captions

There are two types of captions, which are Open and closed caption. Closed captions are elective and prompted by the watcher, while open captions are frequently on. This is the only significant difference between the two.

The Discrepancies from Subtitles

Subtitles are a different form of captioning system that is synonymous to open and closed captions. Subtitles are generally utilized to interpret foreign language conversation and on-screen text into the watcher’s dialect.

Depending on the video, subtitles may always be on or optionally disabled.

Another considerable difference is what they cover: Many open and closed captions also display text interpreting different sounds in the production, like laughter, and in some cases, even the kind of music playing.

Subtitles are almost entirely used for dialogue. Captions also note who is communicating for off-screen conversation, whereas subtitles do not.

Benefits of Open Captions

Some of the complications in utilizing closed captions are that the viewer must prompt them. For instance, a job that might be challenging for some watchers, and differs from one TV or streaming service to the subsequent.

Open captions eliminate this obstacle and give its captions at every time. This allows open captioning to be more extensive, as different captioning decoders aren’t needed.

Drawbacks of Open Captions

Open captions are incorporated directly into the stream of a video, making it difficult to deactivate them for viewers who don’t need them. The quality of open captions is linked to the quality of the video.


If the video is blurry or has a low quality, the captions become blurry and could be challenging to read.

Open captions are used at Movie Theaters

A lot of movie theatres caption movie productions accompanied by open captions. These presentations are often held in a dedicated hall or at certain times of the day, so check in advance with the box office before acquiring tickets for showtimes.

You can inform the ticket agent that you need tickets for a show with captions when you buy the tickets.

An opening caption can be used in Live Theater

Open captioning is employed in live theatrical productions. On this basis, open captions accomplish the same purpose as their TV counterparts, showing conversation and sound effects as text.

Open captions in theatre are often provided utilizing a captioning component, which is a screened equipment close to the stage that is noticeable by all members of the audience.

The captioning component scrolls the conversation across the screen in time with the performance. The availability of open captioning differs from one theatre to another, so you check in advance before buying tickets.

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Oluwafemi Peter
Oluwafemi Peter is a content creator who has an interest in music, tech, sports and people. He resides in Ogun state, Nigeria.
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