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VITAC Corporation LogoVITAC/Stark State College Broadcast Captioning Seminar

THURSDAY
Light refreshments and snacks provided throughout the day

  • 8:30 – 9 a.m.: Setup and light refreshments available
  • 9 – 9:15 a.m.: Course Overview
  • 9:15 a.m. – Noon:
    Realtime Writing Behind the Captioning
    Realtime refinement for the Broadcasting Environment

    • Build your captioning foundation
    • Develop sophisticated realtime skills
    • Analysis and improvement
  • Noon – 1 p.m.: Lunch Break - On Site
    (Bag Lunches Provided)
  • 1 – 5 p.m.:
    Realtime Writing Behind the Captioning (cont.)
    Realtime refinement for the Broadcasting Environment

    • Use your Software Tools
    • Phonetic Table

FRIDAY
Light refreshments and snacks provided throughout the day

  • 8:30 – 9 a.m.: Light refreshments available
  • 9 – 11 a.m.:
    Basics of Captioning

    • Caption format
    • Speaker IDs
    • Descriptors
    • Blanking and forcing
    • Using brief forms and phrases
    • Types of programming
    • Displaying credits
  • 11 a.m. - Noon:
    Introduction to Local News Programming

    • Prepare for and caption local news programming
    • Hands-on simulation
    • Evaluation of performance
    • How to improve and develop skills
  • Noon – 1 p.m.: Lunch Break - On Site
    (Bag Lunches Provided)
  • 1 – 2 p.m.:
    Brief Forms

    • Rethink phrases
    • How to select a brief
  • 2 – 5 p.m.:
    Dictionary Development and Dictionary Maintenance

    • Core dictionaries
    • Job dictionaries and what goes where?
    • Order of dictionary translation
    • What comes out of your dictionaries?

SATURDAY
Light refreshments and snacks provided throughout the day

  • 8:30 – 9 a.m.: Light refreshments available
  • 9 – 10:30 a.m.:
    Introduction to Equipment

    • Explanation of captioning equipment requirements
    • Demonstration of audio/video setup
    • Equipment costs
  • 10:30 a.m. - Noon
    Hardware Problems

    • Avoiding critical errors
    • Captioning software troubles
    • Profiles
    • Work habits
  • Noon – 1 p.m.: Lunch Break – On Site
    (Bag Lunches Provided)
  • 1 – 2:30 p.m.:
    Introduction to Music Notes and Lyrics

    • When and how to incorporate music notes into captions
    • Defining steno strokes to translate as music notes
    • Preparing music as a live display file
  • 2:30 – 5 p.m.:
    Focusing on the Sports Programming

    • General sports dictionary development
    • Style guides and caption formats
    • Research tools and Internet sites
    • Practical application and QC review
    • Hands-on simulation: perfecting captioning skills for sports programming

    Recap and Review

    Q&A