The Ultimate Guide to Subtitles: Different Types, How They Work, and When to Use Them

June 22, 2023 BY JENA WALLACE

The Ultimate Guide to Subtitles: Different Types, How They Work, and When to Use Them


Video subtitling is instrumental in reaching global audiences, but can be a complex and nuanced media accessibility solution. Add captions to the equation, and it can become even more confusing for producers and creators of video content.

We know it’s easy to get bogged down with the different types of subtitles. That’s why we’re excited to debut our new eBook, The Ultimate Guide to Subtitles: Different Types, How They Work, and When to Use Them.

In this eBook, we compiled a comprehensive overview of the different types of subtitles based on the knowledge and experience of 3Play’s tenured subtitling experts. 

The Ultimate Guide to Subtitles covers the top subtitling solutions used across industries, including subtitles for D/deaf and hard of hearing (SDH), non-subtitles for the D/deaf and hard of hearing (non-SDH), and forced narrative (FN). Read on for a closer look into our extensive guide to all things subtitling.

Everything You Need to Know About Different Types of Subtitles 🌎

Discover the Different Types of Subtitles and How They Work

Learn all there is to know about subtitles in general. We provide an overview of their history, how they work, what they can look like, and how they’re encoded. Then, dig deeper and discover how SDH, non-SDH, and FN subtitles are defined.

Understand How Subtitling Types Compare

As mentioned above, subtitling is a nuanced solution and it can be difficult to wade through the different types without additional context. Explore in detail how each subtitling type compares to one another and how they stack up to captions. We even discuss why subtitles and captions have become so entangled in recent years and how you can better determine which media accessibility service you really need for your video.

Learn the Best Subtitling Type for Your Video

Each subtitling type has differing use cases and audience assumptions. In The Ultimate Guide to Subtitles, we cover the top use cases for SDH, non-SDH, and FN subtitles using examples that span across industries to help you find the best subtitling type for your video.

Resources

Gain access to a curated list of key 3Play Media resources for you to reference as you make accessibility part of your content production process.

The Ultimate Guide to Subtitles offers an in-depth exploration of the different types of subtitles, their functionality, and how they compare to captions. Using this knowledge and helpful use case examples, you will be able select the perfect subtitling solution for your media based on your viewers’ dynamic needs, no matter where they’re located in the world.

The Ultimate Guide to Subtitles: Different Types, How They Work, and When to Use Them. Download the eBook

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