The characters on our favorite television programs are just like us: they come home from work and stream their favorite TV shows and YouTube videos.…
It can be challenging to caption scenes with multiple speakers. Bottom-center caption placement is far from ideal for readers when it fails to clarify who is speaking. Adding to the difficulty: speakers may talk quickly, interrupt each other, or overlap their speech turns to give cooperative support. When captions are placed underneath or next to each speaker, readers can more quickly distinguish — at a glance — who is speaking.
I enjoyed talking with Courtney Danforth last summer about my captioning research. Check out the podcast with transcript.
An email I received recently from a professional captioner. Posted with permission.
Over the last ten days, the percentage of full episodes and movies with closed captions on Hulu has actually gone down. Overall, that percentage of cc content is embarrassingly low, hovering at around 4.5% for full episodes and 6.5% for movies — and appears to be on the way down.