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Caption Writer

Job Summary

Responsible for writing captions for movies or television programs for hearing-impaired viewers or those watching TV on mute. Watches show and makes quick decisions to determine which captions will be included, edited, or left out.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Write captions for TV shows or movies.
  • Use stenotype equipment connected to a computer with special software to produce almost immediate captions of the words.
  • Provide captions (subtitles) in English or foreign language.
  • Capture, store, retrieve, and transcribe pretrial and trial proceedings or other information.
  • Respond to requests during court sessions to read portions of the proceedings already recorded.
  • Dictate dialogue quickly and efficiently, utilizing proper spelling and grammar.
  • Record symbols on computer storage media and use computer aided transcription to translate and display them as text.
  • Determine which caption phrases to revise or leave out.
  • Improvise if necessary and write captions to describe music and background noises.
  • Translate foreign language dialogue into English language captions.
  • Translate English dialogue into foreign language captions.
  • Enter commands to synchronize captions with dialogue.
  • Operate computerized captioning system.
  • Preside over encoding of captions to master tape of television production.
  • Edit out profanities for viewing audience.

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