Closed-Caption Decoders

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  1. Thomas_Jespersen

    Thomas_Jespersen Auditioning

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    Hello. I come from Denmark but I watch a lot of US Region 1 DVDs. Because my native language is not english I sometimes have difficulties hearing what people are saying on movies.

    On many dvds I can select subtitles in the menus, but recently I also found out that some titles have "Closed-Captions" encoded in the NTSC-signal.

    Now, as far as I understand it is requred by law that TV's sold in the US should have a closed-caption decoder build in.

    Here is denmark we do not use closed-captions so naturally our TV's does not have a decoder build in.

    My question now is: I know that you can get external closed-caption decoders for laserdisc players. Can I use these for my DVD player as well, or can anybody point give me a link where I can buy an external closed-caption decoder?
     
  2. Bill_Weinreich

    Bill_Weinreich Second Unit

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    Did a quick search. Try:
    http://www.assis-tech.com/environ.htm
    http://www.nfss.com/closcapdec.html
    http://www.marilynelectronics.com/pr...vccdecoder.htm
    These came from a Google search.
    This site has a list of faqs:
    http://www.robson.org/capfaq/
    It may give you more detailed info on DVD but here is a quote from the site: "Are there captions on DVDs?
    Standards were created very late for DVDs, so there are several different ways to put captions on them. The most common approaches are to either embed Line-21-style captions in what are called the "user bits," or to use "subpictures" to display captions that look like subtitles. Your DVD player must support the same method that was used to encode the DVD, although many DVDs use both of these methods.
    When using subtitles, DVDs support captioning in multiple languages. " It sounds more like the captions are part of the movie rather than a coded signal that needs converted.
    Bill
     
  3. Artur Meinild

    Artur Meinild Screenwriter

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    I have the same problem (obviously)... But pay $130 for subtitles on a total of 6 movies??? I don't think so! [​IMG]
     
  4. Thomas_Jespersen

    Thomas_Jespersen Auditioning

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    Thanks Bill.

    Last question: Can I always be sure that a US DVD has either captions or subtitles ? (i.e. is it required by law)
     
  5. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

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    Thomas,

    Not required by law, so no guarantee. Most big studio films have one or the other (or both)- but many releases have neither.

    -Vince
     

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