Whether you need to understand a quiet speaker, to catch a verbal “Easter egg” in a cult film, or discern speech with an unfamiliar accent, closed captioning and subtitles are your friend while watching videos. We talked recently about the rich and storied history of subtitles; from operatic tradition to Weird Al music videos, subtitles and captions silently strengthen the connection between content and its audience.
But there is some debate online about what to call those little words at the bottom of your video. Some people call them subtitles, and some people call them captions. If you want to know why, then you’re reading the right article.
- Who calls it a “subtitle”?
- Who calls it a “caption”?
- Captions: the Instagram takeover
- What do subtitles and captions have in common?
- Origin of captioning
- Open captioning
- Closed captioning
- Captioning legislation
- Custom captions
- What’s in a name?