Take time to research the correct capitalization and spelling of names, places, company names and jargon.
Follow on-screen graphics.
- Match the spelling and capitalization of what you see on screen.
Verify using official websites wherever possible.
- Spelling on an official website is more reliable than on a personal blog.
Use Google for jargon.
- If you can’t find an unfamiliar word, try a few spelling variations. You can also search more effectively if you add in additional terms for context.
Do your best, but don’t waste time.
- Make a reasonable effort to research and verify terms, but don’t spend too long.
- If a name or term is not verifiable, use the (INAUDIBLE) label so that we can easily identify the difficult term.
Represent inaudible content.
- If you can’t make out a word because the audio might be too faint or unclear, you should represent this as (INAUDIBLE) in the captions.
Note: Often the specialized names and places are the most important words in a video. Misspelling a company name when captioning a video for that company is like using the wrong name when addressing somebody. It’s important to get them right!
More questions? See our Recorded Captioning Style Guide.