Live Closed Captioning

Many people use captions to enjoy their favourite TV programs, but few understand how the captions are made. The closed captioning process isn’t an automated process created by computers – a popular misconception.

Captions are created by people that are highly skilled and trained to catch nuances that computers aren’t able to do at this time.

The most difficult work to accurately caption is the content in live broadcasts, like news and sports, as the captions have to be created at the same time as the broadcast. This video explains how live captioners generate accurate and timely captions under pressure.

ASL-accompanied version:

Closed-captioned version:


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