Jobs - How to Become a Captioner - About.com
Jobs - How to Become a Captioner
By Jamie Berke, About.com
Legislation stemming from the Telecommunications Act of 1996 making closed captioning on television mandatory has greatly increased the demand for captioning services. Perhaps you are interested in becoming a captioner, either offline or realtime (live). It is easier to become an offline captioner than a realtime captioner, but there is more money, and possibly more job security, in realtime captioning.
The offline captioner captions pre-recorded video programming such as movies and television programming. Software for offline captioning is readily available and that offline captioning does involve some skill, such as learning time codes and synchronizing them with the captions, using computers, and having good English skills.
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