We provide captions for an enormous variety of subjects, from advanced physics to advertising campaigns. Whatever the subject, it’s important to be diligent about having the correct vocabulary in your captions.
Here are some tips for finding the right spelling and formatting:
- Check the media – Sometimes what you’re looking for is right in front of you! Always check the video you’re captioning to see if that word you don’t know is visible on the screen.
- Listen again, and again… – Once you’ve had some practice at listening, you’ll get better at recognising tricky words and understanding accents. Always have another listen – you might be able to figure it out, especially in context.
- Search cleverly – Sometimes just punching one word into Google isn’t enough. Add a few terms you’re sure of into your search to give context. Search engines are like us – the more information you give them, the better they understand.
- Let it be – We’ve all spent far too long trying to look up a word or a name we don’t know. If you can’t figure it out no matter what, just label it (INAUDIBLE) and move on. Don’t spell it phonetically, because then we might not pick it up in our checks.
More questions? Check out the Recorded Captioning Style Guide.