Closed Captioning & HD Closed Captioning, V-Chip Encoding

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Closed captioning displays a transcription of the audio portion of a program as it occurs.  It is intended for the hearing impaired and is also used by those learning to read, learning to speak a foreign language or are in a noisy environment where it would be difficult to hear the audio. In a nutshell, closed captioning helps you to reach your demographic without limitation. 
Closed captioning can be seen on all TV sets that have enabled the CC feature.

USA Dubs uses the highest quality digital encoders to close caption your media.  Whether you provide the caption file (.cap), the script or just the media, USA Dubs will coordinate your job from start to finish.  In most cases, we can provide our clients with “open caps” for easy approval of closed captioning jobs.  “Open caps” are burned into the video image and do not require the use of a TV set with a decoder and are usually provided to our clients as computer media files, easily viewed on a PC or MAC.

Captioning is available for both SD and HD formats.  In Standard Definition, closed captions and V-chip information are hidden in the Line 21 data area found in the vertical blanking of the television signal.  Line 9 is the data area designated for HD closed captions.  All TV sets with screens greater than 13” that are sold in the US must have built-in decoders for both closed captions and V-Chip information, as mandated by the FCC.

Whether you are an advertiser, a corporation, a government agency or musician, whether your program is for local broadcast or internal distribution, it is important to remember that captions provide access.

One in twelve Americans are deaf or hearing impaired

  • One in ten Americans speak English as a second language
  • One in six Americans –children & functionally illiterate adults—are learning to read

Nearly one-third of the American population can use captions to “hear” television. 

V-Chip Encoding

With an increasing number of TV channels and programs coming into our homes each day, many parents are concerned about their young children watching programs with content that's more suitable for older children or adults.

USA Dubs can encode your SD and HD programming as part of the closed captioning process. The process is simple and along with the ratings, shown above, there are five required content labels if applicable to the program material.  They are:

D – Suggestive dialogue (usually means talks about sex)
L – Coarse or crude language
S – Sexual situations
V – Violence
FV – Fantasy Violence (children’s programming only)

Utilize USA Dubs’ duplication services for a complete solution to your captioning & distribution needs.

USA Dubs offers subtitling in addition to our closed captioning services. 

Closed Captioning FAQ's
Closed captioning displays a transcription of the audio portion of a program as it occurs. Closed captioning is intended for the hearing impaired. Closed captions are also used by those learning to read, learning to speak a foreign language or in a noisy environment where it would be difficult to hear the audio. Closed captioning can be seen on TV sets that have enabled the CC feature.
“Open captions” or “open caps” are captions that are visible to all viewers and does not require a decoder. USA Dubs can provide its clients with open caps as a digital file, on VHS or DVD when approving a closed captioning job.
Subtitles, similar to captioning, translate dialogue and on-screen text. Subtitles assume the viewer can hear, but does not understand the language that is being spoken.
The V-chip, also known as “viewer control” chip, electronically reads television program ratings allowing parents to block out programs deemed inappropriate for their children. V-Chip is based upon the TV Parental Guidelines rating system established by the National Association of Broadcasters. For a complete list of the guidelines, LINK. The guidelines apply to most televised programming excluding sports and news shows.