Courses to learn how to prepare subtitles for the hard of hearing
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simona dachille  Identity Verified
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Does anyone know of a course where one can learn how to prepare subtitles for the hard of hearing in London?

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Tina Vonhof  Identity Verified
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Search the Web Mar 27, 2008

Try searching the web under "closed captioning".

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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
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Courses? Mar 27, 2008

There may be video translation courses:
- for lip-sync dubbing - the technique to create a script in another language, which will make it possible for an artist (dubber) to say the text in a way to create an illusion that will look like the actor on the screen is actually doing it.
- for subtitling - the technique to summarize and format subtitles so the spectator will read and know what's being said, still having some time left to watch the action.

Though I self-taught myself both, I know there are courses for both of the above.

But you are talking about closed captioning. Closed captions use the whole script, including noises, and have different formatting "rules" from subtitling. There is specific software for including them on a DVD, or even encoding them on VHS, to that some TV sets will allow turning them on or off.

So if you don't have the final script, it's a matter of transcribing and adding the noises (e.g. [car starts], [dog barking], [phone rings], etc. ). The software manual should include guidelines on how to properly format the text.

You may start your search for "closed caption" at .

Though there is plenty of excellent freeware for subtitling videos, I haven't found yet one for closed-captioning them. The only request for it I ever had for CC so far was for burning them on the video itself. So, instead of subtitling it with my usual yellow Trebuchet 40pt, I did it with green (seems to be the standard) Arial Narrow 30pt, because of the unabridged text.

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Audiovisual Translation Course at Roehampton University Mar 27, 2008

Hello Simona,

I know that Roehampton Univerity offers a Postgraduate Degree in Audiovisual Translation. It has some compulsory general classes, but also has options such as subtitling for the deaf and hard of hearing.

You can find more information on their website:

Hope this is of any help to you!

Kind regards,


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Roehampton and City Mar 27, 2008

Hi Simona,

I do agree with what Gert suggested.

I have attended a course in Italy with a few teachers for Roehampton and the only thing that I can say is that they are really good teachers. They are really passionate about the argument.

There is also the City University doing subtitling courses. I don't know if they also include subtitling for hard of hearing, maybe you might write them an e-mail for a detailled program.
Have a look here:

The course I have attended last year was a summer school held in Bertinoro (Bologna) and organised also by Bologna University. They might be helding it this year too. It was very interesting but if you are looking for only subtitling for hard of hearing, I guess it's too general.

If you find anything interesting, please share.
Good luck!

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it is not in london however Mar 27, 2008

simona dachille wrote:

Does anyone know of a course where one can learn how to prepare subtitles for the hard of hearing in London?

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from a virtual university, I could send you a copy .ppt file that describes the processes involved in subtitling using some specific tools. Contact me on or via profile page. Brandis

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