Subtitles vs Captions: What’s the Difference?

Adding subtitles and captions to your movies has never been simpler. Captions make your films more accessible to a wider audience, boost your ROI, and encourage more people to watch them, even if it’s an extra step you’re not used to in the video producing process.

It’s incredibly simple to make sure your audience has quick access to your fantastic material, whether you do it manually before exporting, use a service, or add subtitles to video online.

What are captions?

Conversation and/or narration, as well as any other audio effects in a video, are communicated through captions.

This includes when (and what kind of) music is playing, as well as any background noises such as loud crashes, automobiles honking, or dogs barking that may be necessary for understanding what’s on the screen. Captions must, in fact, include those features in order to meet accessibility criteria.

What are subtitles?

Only the dialogue or narration in a video is conveyed through subtitles. Subtitles used to translate one language to another would very certainly contain translations of any foreign language text displayed on the screen.

The difference between closed captions and subtitles:

Although they appear to be the same thing, closed captions (CCs) and subtitles serve two different purposes. Subtitles are text substitutes for characters’, narrators’, and other vocal participants’ spoken words in video footage.

Closed captions, on the other hand, complement not only dialogue but also other pertinent sections of the soundtrack, such as background noises, ringing phones, and other audio signals that require explanation.

Subtitles, on the other hand, assume that the audience can hear the audio but requires the dialogue to be delivered in written form as well. Closed captioning, on the other hand, consider that the audience is unable to hear the audio and requires a text description of what they would normally hear.

On the one hand, CCs can be distracting and potentially annoying for viewers in circumstances where subtitles are sufficient. Even worse would be to use subtitles instead of captions when captions are required, as this might completely alienate your audience.

Now, the word “audience” is important since subtitles and captions both have the same goal: to make your footage more accessible to a larger audience. These audiences may differ slightly, but the goal is to make your video accessible to anybody who can contribute to your business. Thus, the above are the differences that you should know between subtitles and captions.