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how to do closed captioning

how to do closed captioning

Learning how to do closed captioning can help you salvage videos or allow you to share them with others who are hard of hearing or deaf. For instance, if a part of video has really low sound quality and you can barely hear the dialogue, the video isn’t wasted? Or you might want to share a video with a deaf friend or your grandfather who is hard of hearing. You can still do so with closed captioning. It is basically writing out the sounds so that viewers can “read” what is going on. Sometimes, viewers use it so they don’t miss important dialogue. Creating closed captioning may be a bit challenging, but you can do it with these steps.

  1. You will need MAGpie installed on your computer. You can click download it here.

  2. Once the software is installed, open MAGpie and start a new project from the file menu.

  3. The project properties box will then appear. Name or title the project or the title and fill in the comment box with extra information about your project if you want.

  4. Upload the video that you want to add closed captioning to. To do so, find the media tab to browse your files and find the video in question. Select 100 under the time units.

  5. To format the text, you can click on the stream tab. Here, you can choose the color, size, and font. Make sure whatever you choose can be easily read.

  6. A second box will appear on the screen; this is where you transcribe the audio into captions. When transcribing, be very meticulous so that you stay true to the audio.

  7. After transcribing the entire video, add in the time code if it does not automatically read.

  8. In the second box, click the stream menu and look for the save button. After saving your work, your video should now have closed captioning.

Do not be confused with close captioning and subtitles. They are different but similar in function. Close captioning records the dialogues and other sounds as it is being shown. Subtitles, on the other hand, are translations and not transcription of the original audio. Both typically appear at the bottom of the screen. Sometimes, closed captioning can be more dynamic and appear next to the person talking or include the name or description of the speaker so the viewer can clearly understand who is speaking. The advantage of this type of captioning is that it is very viewer-friendly by helping the viewer easily follow what is going on. Ultimately though, if you know how to do close captioning, then you can make any video more accessible to those who are deaf or hard of hearing.


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