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Open Captions Vs Closed Captions: What’s the Difference?

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Video has played an essential part in education for several decades. This is because video is increasingly employed in distance learning, and other web-related academic uses all in the pattern of computer-based multimedia.

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Nevertheless, the audio fraction of video production is unavailable to individuals who are deaf or find it difficult to hear unless it involves both open and closed captions.

Captions are programmed text illustrations that communicate a video product’s dialogue, identify speakers, and interpret other relevant sounds that are contrarily inaccessible to people who are deaf or can’t hear properly.

Captions are combined with the video image so that watchers possess equal access to the content that is illustrated originally in sound, regardless of whether they acquire that content through text or audio.

Here are all you that need to understand about open and closed captions. It also include their advantages, and complications.

Open Captions

Open captions are always visible or incorporated into video or streaming interface. The watcher can’t turn them on or off.

Advantages of open captions

Open captions are simple to employ because they do not need exceptional functionality for media players or streaming platforms to be equipped to show the captions. They are an excellent selection if you are uploading to a forum that doesn’t possess closed captioning functionality.

An additional advantage of open captions is that the mode of the captions can be discerned ahead of time. This implies that you can select the font colour and size for your captions before embedding them in the video.

Disadvantages of open caption

Open captions are incorporated directly into the video stream, making it difficult for viewers to deactivate them if they have no use for them. The quality of open captions is also associated with the quality of the video or stream.

If the video or stream is blurry or of low-quality, the captions can also be unclear and could be challenging to read.


Closed Captions

Closed Captions are the most popular type of captions, utilized by prominent broadcasters and video streaming services that include YouTube, Facebook Live, and Vimeo. It is often recognized by a [CC] symbol in the corner of the screen.

Closed caption exists as an independent file, enabling the viewer to turn them on or off while watching.

Advantages of Close caption

The primary advantage of closed captions is their flexibility. It can be switched on or off by the user, and they can also be remodified because they are an independent file.

Closed captions can also be developed in a span of file configurations, making them favourable for a variety of viewing choices as well as needs.

Disadvantages of Closed caption

Closed captions are not compatible with a few media players and streaming platforms. They will only function if the platform supports closed caption files. They also place an obligation on the watcher to know how to switch the captions on and off.

Hence, they are not an excellent option if your audience has difficulty with technology.

Making the right choice

If you are thinking about developing content that is both flexible and accessible, ensure that captions are available for your audience to see. By selecting either open or closed captions for your video or live stream, you’re making it certain your story attains a fuller, and more empowered audience.

Whichever one you prefer relies on a spectrum of factors. For instance: What sort of media player or streaming platform are you utilizing? How technologically efficient are your viewers? Do you prefer to be able to modify your captions often and quickly? Consider the advantages and disadvantages we have presented before you decide what you want.

Next time you’re going through your phone or seeing a movie, look out for the captions and observe if you can spot the difference.

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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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