Captioning for Live Events
Any video played during a live event or webcast needs captions. The role captioning plays in live events falls into two different categories.
Live event captions may be open or closed:
- Open captions become part of the video and cannot be turned off.
- Closed captions use a code that allows it to be turned on and off, but needs a special piece of equipment called a decoder.
Learn more about the difference between open and closed captions.
Any time a video will play during an event, the video should be captioned for playback. Here are some ways this can be done:
- If the video will be played back from Youtube or Facebook, make sure the captions have been corrected and are toggled “on” for playback.
- If the video will be played back from a file, provide the venue with an open-captioned
- A caption layer can be created in Adobe Premiere or a file can be downloaded from a captioned YouTube video and imported into Adobe Premiere.
- Open captions are burned into the video and cannot be turned off.
Streamed webcasts also need captions. Here are some options to do this:
- Hire an outside company that can provide the equipment and service to add captions directly to your video source. WVU works with American Technology Rentals for several events each year.
- Use a service like Intellitext that opens a second window next to the user's browser with a live transcript of the audio.
Notes about streaming services
Every system handles captions differently.
- YouTube can take closed captions if the proper encoder is used. Other streaming services may only accept open captions.
- Facebook Live can be live captioned with 2nd party vendor support.
Be sure your system includes the ability to include captions.