Watching motion pictures and videos has changed in many ways throughout history. Different elements have been added to them to provide a better viewing experience for more people. One of these elements is subtitles, which are now seen on most online streaming platforms.
Subtitles are text overlaid on videos to express their spoken part. Streaming platforms and films use them to translate the spoken parts of videos to other languages, providing viewers with a real-time experience of what’s happening on their screens. Nowadays, they also incorporate nonspeech information into subtitles for deaf or hard-of-hearing viewers.
Although they are meant to help, not everyone, whether they be viewers or video producers, is on board with subtitles. However, they may not be aware of the positives they bring. With that in mind, here’s how subtitles help enhance the viewing experience.
They provide clarity
Subtitles provide a clearer explanation of what’s being said in a video. That’s why they add more to videos and shows that tackle nonconversational topics. They make it easier for viewers to follow stories or issues discussed in videos.
Subtitles also help viewers follow English shows and movies with foreign actors. It’s not easy for some people to understand how people from other countries speak because they pronounce words differently. Subtitles address that problem, making listening to dialogue easier.
They promote accessibility and widen reach
Subtitles make videos of any length and media more accessible. One of their main benefits is helping deaf and hard-of-hearing people watch videos. With subtitles, they won’t have to focus on reading lips and missing out on other things happening.
They also allow native English speakers to watch non-English videos. Subtitles break barriers and cross borders, reaching viewers even from other sides of the world. At the same time, businesses and filmmakers can also widen their production scopes with every subtitled product they make.
They provide flexible viewing options
Subtitles also make for flexible viewing. With them, viewers can watch videos in a sound-sensitive environment. Even without headphones, earphones, or while watching in a place with disruptive noises, people can still follow the context of videos.
This comes in handy because of the autoplay option on social media. With the help of subtitles, people will still be able to understand autoplay videos even when they are muted. It’s also more convenient because it prevents the shock of hearing a loud sound from an auto-playing video.
They have other benefits
Aside from a complete viewing experience, subtitles also have other benefits. For example, videos with subtitles can help viewers learn more about language. In this aspect, they provide better learning opportunities.
The language-learning benefits of subtitles include:
- Increased reading speed and listening comprehension
- Vocabulary growth
- Improved word recognition and grammar
- Bilingual education
Subtitles make watching videos better
While not everyone is fond of reading video subtitles, their benefits are undeniable. As simple as they are, they add to the viewing experience and provide language-learning benefits, especially when done professionally. Lexcode can add English-to-Tagalog professionally translated subtitles to your videos to make them more accessible and appealing.