TIL: Closed Captions [CC] are meant for people who cannot hear the audio and use direct dialog / sounds /emphasis (sarcasm, yelling) Subtitles are meant for people who can hear the audio but may not interpret the meaning of some parts which is why the text sometimes doesn’t directly follow the audio

Read more: https://takenote.co/closed-captioning-vs-subtitles/

What do you think?


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  1. It’s nothing to do with not following the audio.. both are supposed to be in synch. But CC will add context like “this song playing” “kid yelling in the back”

    Even the article mentions discrepancies in dialog not in timing.

  2. Subtitles can also be for translation of dialog into other languages for people who like to hear the original dialog but read a translation in a language they understand better.

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