Huh. TIL: closed captions can be turned on and off. Open captions are burned into the video and always display.

Also, in the US and Canada, "subtitles" means just transcribed dialogue (typically aimed at viewers who don't understand the language being spoken); "captions" means all significant sound is transcribed (typically aimed at viewers with hearing impairment).


@noelle Also, I have a suspicion that closed captions are often based off of the script, not the video.

We habitually have closed captions on whatever we watch and I've often noticed that the captions don't match the dialog. The meaning is roughly the same, but the actual line differs.

@darth_mall @noelle I suspect that sometimes they're deliberately abridged to fit readably on the display du jour, which can be quite short if that was PAL 4:3 via VHS.


Is there some kind of convention for when to put ♫ or EERIE MUSIC?

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