Closed Caption Services
Distribber now offers Closed Caption Services to all shorts and feature films. Closed Captions are the words displayed on a TV screen that give audiences visual information about the current film they are watching. This is similar to subtitles but is not meant for translation rather it is meant for the deaf or those with hearing problems. For example, if the camera is inside a house and someone knocks on the door, the closed captions would show (knocking) along with the text spoken by the talent.
What is the process to receive my Closed Caption file?
The process for creating Closed Caption files at Distribber is quite simply.
Ingestion: We will require a low res video file with audio to ingest into our program. This may include a file upload to our server, or physical assets
Process: Once we have received your video files for ingestion, the process normally takes about 7-14 days unless you have been queued
File Type: Distribber exports in a .scc file type
Delivery: If your using Distribber for distribution then we will deliver your Closed Caption file directly to the platform. If you are only using Distribber to create the Closed Caption file, then we typically will send via email
Quality Control: If in a rare case our .scc file fails, we will be sure to fix the issue free of charge.
We are currently in the process to offer translation subtitles as well, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter on the home page to stay up to date!
COST TO CREATE CLOSED CAPTIONS
What does it cost me to receive a Closed Caption file for my film?
We currently charge $5.50 per minute.
If you are a client of Distribber's the price is $5.50 per minute with or without a script/transscript, if you're not a client the price is $6.00 per minute with or without a script/transcript. The industry standard is between $7-$10 per minute with a transcript. The $5.50 price has no minimum requirements, if the film is 10 minutes then the total will be $55 to receive the Closed Caption file. There is a $150 sync charge if your film is delivered to any of our platforms.
HOW DO I PAY?
Below is a submission form, fill out all fields and continue. You can then pay via credit or debit card, or if you would like we can send a invoice via our services or through paypal. We have lots of options for you.
WHY DO I NEED CLOSED CAPTIONS?
The FCC has created a new mandate to require Closed Captions for all films shown on a Television. This includes iTunes.
CAN I CREATE CLOSED CAPTIONS MYSELF?
Yes. However we can say with certainty that 99.9% of captions created by filmmakers will fail iTunes & Netflix Quality Control, costing you and everyone else more time and money. We can provide 100% guaranteed platform approved Captions. If you would still like to try, below is a list of some programs used to create Closed Caption files.
MacCaption: Price: $1,095
CaptionMaker: Price: $1,055
Swift: Price: $1,300
Lemony: Price: $1,800
WHY CREATE A CLOSED CAPTION FILE?
Aside from the FCC mandate, it is always best to offer a high quality product even to people with disabilities. It is also nice to have for loud areas such as bars or outdoor game areas. Your film will be warmly received by the community that uses Closed Captions.
DO YOU OFFER ANY OTHER SERVICES?
Yes. While there isn't an official page just yet, we do offer assistance with Artwork and Editing. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates!
SUBMIT FOR CLOSED CAPTIONS
Below you can submit your film for our Closed Caption Services.