Close Captioning Your Indie Film for $1/Minute
As any filmmaker who has ever delivered a film or video to distribution knows Close Captioning is a big and expensive pain in the butt. The process is convoluted, confusing and most of all PRICEY. The cost to have close captioning created for your movie, television series, web series or youtube video can range from $8-$15 per minute. On a 90 minute film that could cost filmmakers up to $1350!
What is Close Captioning?
Closed captioning(CC) and subtitling are both processes of displaying text on a television, video screen, or other visual display to provide additional or interpretive information. Both are typically used as a transcription of the audio portion of a program as it occurs (either verbatim or in edited form), sometimes including descriptions of non-speech elements. Other useshave been to provide a textual alternative language translation of a presentation’s primary audio language that is usually burned-in (or “open”) to the video and unselectable. HTML5defines subtitles as a “transcription or translation of the dialogue … when sound is available but not understood” by the viewer (for example, dialogue in a foreign language) and captions as a “transcription or translation of the dialogue, sound effects, relevant musical cues, and other relevant audio information … when sound is unavailable or not clearly audible” (for example, when audio is muted or the viewer is deaf or hard of hearing). – Wikipedia
Every feature film that is going to be streamed on iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu or any streaming service must have close captioning by law. There is just no getting around it.
Well, Rev.com is here to save us. I’ve been using Rev for a while now. I tested the service first with my first feature film This is Meg and it worked like a charm. I recommend the service to any filmmaker or client that will listen to me. The close captions I received from Rev pass QC (Quality Control) for all my streaming options including super anal platforms like Amazon, iTunes, and Hulu.
Check out this video and all will be explained:
Rev is a new breed of service provider. Like traditional vendors, we rely on a network of hand-picked freelancers. Unlike traditional vendors, we use technology to offer unbeatable quality, speed, and value.
Rev’s proprietary technology platform is built to create a great work environment for transcriptionists, captioners, and translators so we can deliver clients ever-increasing speed and quality.
Rev’s mission is to give more people the freedom to work from home. We are bringing the best of the office to our online workplace. We believe that attracting the best workers is the key to delivering great service to our customers.
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