What Are Subtitles?
Subtitles are usually derived from a transcript of a video, whether it is a film, conference, training video, or informative video. Sometimes they are used to translate a video from a foreign film or video. Often times same-language subtitles and captions are produced primarily with the deaf and hard of hearing in mind, many hearing film and television viewers choose to use them. This is often done because the presence of closed captioning and subtitles ensures that not one word of dialogue will be missed.
What Are SDH Subtitles?
Subtitles for the deaf or hard-of-hearing (SDH) is an American term the DVD industry introduced. It refers to regular subtitles in the original language where important non-dialog information has been added, as well as speaker identification, to help the deaf or hear of hearing viewer tell who is saying what.
How Subtitles Work
Subtitles are available in two forms; open subtitles, which cannot be turned off by the viewer, and closed subtitles, which are designed to be turned off or on by the viewer. Open subtitles are widely used for displays at large expo events, museum displays, or any place that sound is either not an option, or it would be difficult to hear because of background noise. Closed subtitles also offer options to change the font size and style so they can be customized to the viewers preference. These subtitles are on separate video frames that are overlaid on the original video stream while playing. Subtitles you find on DVDs and Blu-rays are typically closed subtitles that can be turned off, and the fonts can be changed by the viewer.
What Can Be Subtitled?
Just about any video or motions slide show can be subtitled to industry standard or specifications.
Files Types That Can Be Subtitled
Any type of video file (movie) can be subtitled, whether it's a short 10 second commercial that airs on the internet, a full length movie, or a series that consists of several parts. Let our staff help you determine whether subtitles, SDH subtitles, or closed captioning is right for your video project.
Options Impact Media Offers
Our company offers options for plain subtitles or SDH subtitles, along with options for different languages.