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Keep current with all the latest VITAC, accessibility, and industry news, updates, and happenings.

Finding Closed Captions on YouTube

How to use YouTube’s new captioning features Earlier this month, YouTube unveiled new features for closed captioning. These additions will make it easier to find and search closed captioned videos, expand your audience (with speech-to-text captions for English, Korean and Japanese), and translations for over 155 languages. To find videos with closed captions, enter “,…

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FCC Mandates for IP-delivered Programs: Overview

Confused by the FCC’s new mandates for IP-delivered programs? Not sure if your program is affected by the new laws?  Are you having a hard time keeping the definitions for VPP, VPD, and VPO straight? Do you think “near-live” programs are television shows for zombies? No worries, VITAC is here to help! Read our comprehensive overview to get up…

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File-Deliverables Rock Star: Chuck Wall

In this “Unsung Hero,” we go behind-the-scenes with our file-deliverables expert, Chuck Wall. A rock star on our Engineering team and one of the men behind the development and creation of our file-based encoding and delivery system, Chuck is VITAC’s deliverables guru. Chuck Wall Engineering Manager File-Based Deliverables Expert Q: What are some of the most recent “new…

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FCC Sets Rules For Closed Captioning IP-Delivered Video Programming

This afternoon, the FCC released a Report and Order (R&O) which set new requirements for Internet Protocol (IP)-delivered programming. The new rules will require most programming captioned on television to be captioned when delivered via IP.  From the FCC:  “IP-delivered video programming today takes a number of forms, such as programming delivered to a personal…

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CRTC Approves French-language Captioning Standards

Yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commisson (CRTC) approved mandatory standards for French-language closed captioning. The commission said that mandatory standards proposed by a French-language closed captioning working group are achievable, measurable and enforceable. The commission said captioning for French-language programs must target an accuracy rate of 100 per cent, which also includes spelling. With respect to…

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VITAC Captions and Describes

Earlier this week, we announced the release of the cult classic “Carnival of Souls,” with captions and audio description. This second annual accessible horror film — last year we released “Night of the Living Dead” with captions and audio description — was created in recognition of the progress being made to increase audio description and…

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VITAC Captions and Describes Cult Halloween Classic,

Video showcases online accessibility solutions to be required in 2012 as part of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. 10/27/2011 VITAC, a leading provider of accessible video programming, today announced the release of the cult classic “Carnival of Souls,” with captions and audio description. This second annual accessible horror film — last year…

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Our Captions Are Alive With the Sound of Music

VITAC captioners are Jacks (and Jills) of all trades. They routinely handle an array of programming — from reality to religious, sports to cartoons, comedies to horror. Let’s just say, they do it all. Here, our Cartoon Sound Effect King, none other than Brendan McLaughlin describes the process captioners use to approach musical programming. By:…

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FCC Reverses Anglers Order

“Captioning to become more Ubiquitous” says Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology” On October 20, 2011, the FCC reversed 298 permanent closed captioning exemptions.  The FCC did this in an order granting an “Application for Review” that was filed by consumer groups in 2006.  

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VITAC: As Seen in the Post Gazette

VITAC‘s friend, Rob Owen at the Post Gazette mentioned us in an article explaining closed captioning to his readers. One reader inquired: “How does the closed captioning work? Is it computer generated or human?  I picture people frantically typing while the speaking takes place. That would explain the misspelled words and text-like spellings. I have been wondering about this…

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