In everyday life, the words ‘captions’ and ‘subtitles’ are often used interchangeably. At Stagetext we distinguish between three different types of captions and subtitles, because they are produced in different ways.
- Theatre captioning is for scripted performance – prepared and cued live by a theatre captioner
- Live subtitling is for unscripted speech – produced live by a speech-to-text reporter
- Digital subtitling is for pre-recorded videos – prepared by a digital subtitler
Whatever you call them, captions and subtitles are the verbatim, accessible text that allows deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people to be included.