Captioning and Translation Tips

Show captions/subtitles on the screen as long as possible

Viewers who really need the captions/subtitles have to control both the screen and the captions. For some viewers the language of available captions is the second or third language. That is why the viewers typically need more time for reading the captions than the corresponding audio lasts. Consider showing the captions earlier than the corresponding audio starts, and removing the captions later than the end of the audio. Audio silence doesn't necessarily mean silence in captions.

Set a punctuation character in the end of every sentence even if it is a single sentence in the caption frame

Some sentences span multiple caption frames. In such cases the captions containing the beginning of the sentence do not end with the punctuation character (period, exclamation, question mark, etc.). Setting punctuation character in the end of every sentence lets caption readers and translators to precisely determine the border between the sentences.

Use the frame breaks and line breaks as punctuation

Break up the stream of captions into the frames at places where it is reasonable, typically it is the border of sentences or sub-sentences. Don't leave one or two words in one frame and the rest of the sentence in another frame.
If a single sentence takes the whole frame then break the sentence up into lines also at reasonable points, typically at the border of sub-sentences or where the speaker typically pauses to breath in the air.

How to get captions/subtitles published earlier than after a community review

Get in touch with the owner of the video channel (or the one who has the manager permission) and ask to publish your captions/subtitles. For C++Now (BoostCon) and CppCon channels feel free to get in touch with kuzmin_robin. See also Member Contacts at this page.

Refer viewers to in the end of your captions :-)

If you feel that this site was useful for you and you want to help the site then you can do that by placing a reference to this site in the end of your captions/translations, e.g. "See more C++ Captions/Translations at".

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