Good captions accurately capture what is said.
✘Don’t change or correct speakers’ words.
✘Don’t add, delete or rearrange words
✓Use correct spelling, and check with a Google search if you’re not sure.
✓Leave out “ums”, “ahs” and false starts to sentences. *If in doubt, leave it in.
✓Leave out short interjections from other speakers like “Mm-hmm,” or “Yep.”
✓Swear words should be left in. If it’s in the audio, it’s in the captions.
✓If a period (full stop) works, it is best to use one. Short, clear sentences make the best captions.
More questions? See our Recorded Captioning Style Guide.