It’s Fun Word Friday!

Posted by Emma on February 26, 2010 at 9:20 am. Fun Word Friday

Welcome to Fun Word Friday!

Here are some of our favorite words from this week:

Widdershins: counterclockwise; also, in a contrary direction. Same as “withershins.”

Sternutation: the act of sneezing; also, a sneeze.

Miasma: a noxious atmosphere or influence; unpleasant or unwholesome air.

Ludic: characterized by playfulness.

Foudroyant: dazzling, flashing; also, thunderous, noisy.

What is an Educational Captionist?

Posted by Emma on February 24, 2010 at 8:00 am. Consumer Advisory Board

CaptionMax has a dedicated Consumer Advisory Board with experts in all kinds of accessibility.  Now, as guest bloggers, our board members can share their accessibility stories.

First, we’d like to introduce Michelle Rich, an Educational Captionist/ Advocate for the Olathe School District in Kansas. She has been providing access to media for students with hearing loss for nine years.  She also loves advocating with production companies to provide captions, detailing the necessity of such, and encouraging those companies who are already providing captioning.

We should let her words speak now! It’s amazing how many talented people strive to make media accessible to all students!

I am an Educational Captionist for a large district in Kansas that serves many students with hearing loss, and I believe I have the best job in the world.  It’s fulfilling, challenging, varied, and enjoyable.  My main goal is to caption media for the classroom setting, to transform inaccessible media into accessible media in a short period of time.  But along the way, I have the opportunity to do much more.

Awareness of access issues is sometimes my first task.  I advocate with general education teachers to raise awareness of the critical need for access to the media they use in their classrooms.  I work within the context of an amazing team that consists of a variety of talented folks providing service from many directions:  teachers of the deaf, general educators, interpreters, transcriptionists, library media specialists, special education coordinators, under the umbrella of an innovative, forward-thinking district.  Since I’ve been doing this for nine years, many of the general educators I coordinate with are already on board with the need for accessible media and I move on to finding it or creating it.

Part of my time is spent being a resource for finding accessible media.  The Described and Captioned Media Program is an invaluable resource for borrowing educational media in a multitude of subject areas.  If a specific title is requested and not available for borrowing or purchasing, then I get busy captioning it.

The variety of subjects to caption is always refreshing.  I might be working on a piece of media from elementary to high school level, or from a core subject to a specialty course.  Researching terms for correct spelling or discerning a word spoken with an accent can be challenging, but it keeps the work interesting.   My favorite part of the job is delivering the finished product.  I know for that period of time for that student, the playing field is leveled.   I happen to think a few of the students who are visual learners or second language learners might benefit as well.  It matters, and it is very satisfying.

It’s Fun Word Friday!

Posted by Emma on February 19, 2010 at 10:55 am. Fun Word Friday

Welcome to Fun Word Friday!

Here are some of our favorite words from this week:

Lugubrious: really fun word to say that means something is not fun at all

Quiddity: (1) an eccentricity, the essential nature of something, (2) a trifling point. “We are happy in our odd quiddities.”

23 Skidoo: To leave quickly, get out while the getting’s good

Ailurophile: A cat fancier; a lover of cats

Commodious: Comfortably or conveniently spacious

CaptionMax Speed Rail: Pulling Into The Station

Posted by Emma on February 17, 2010 at 9:38 am. Captioning, High Definition, Subtitling

The final leg of our journey brings your project into the hands of our veteran caption proofers, and these folks are precision engineers.  It takes years of experience looking for the tiniest of details throughout an enormous range of subjects to be this good.  Their mastery over punctuation, capitalization, and spelling in a multitude of languages equips them with an exacting eye for detail.

Now that your captions are buffed to a sparkling sheen, they travel once again through our high-speed network to our technical gurus who encode your captions onto a fresh master tape.  We can deliver almost any file, format, or tape you can dream of.  Just ask us!  There has even been talk in the engine room about encoding captions onto an English muffin using a specialized toaster oven, but we’ll save that for another day.

The whistle blows as the train slows down and gently pulls into our final station.  Your tour guide will present you with your finished product, yet another successful project.  As you grab your things and head on your way, we hope you’ll join us soon for another exciting journey.

From all of us at CaptionMax, we wish you safe and happy travels!

It’s Fun Word Friday!

Posted by Emma on February 12, 2010 at 10:07 am. Fun Word Friday

Welcome to Fun Word Friday!

Here are some of our favorite words from this week:

Boondoggle: an unnecessary activity or wasteful expenditure.

Jitney: (1) a nickel, (2) a small bus that carries passengers over a regular route on a flexible schedule (from the original price of the fare), (3) an unlicensed taxi

Grocers’ apostrophes: Apostrophes used incorrectly to signify a plural. “Bagel’s and pizza’s for sale.”

Bibliophile: a lover of books.

Malinger: pretend to be ill in order to avoid work or shirk duty.

CaptionMax Speed Rail: Words and Bytes Collide

Posted by Emma on February 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm. Captioning, High Definition, Subtitling

Welcome back aboard the CaptionMax Speed Rail, your link to the fastest closed captioning around.  Last week you met our amazing Sales and Project Management staff.  Hang on now as we bullet through the captioning process.

The latest in video, encoding and captioning equipment are the infrastructure we use to pull your project into our system.  Our state-of-the-art Technical Operations Center (CAMTOC) equips us with all of the tools we need, bringing you the flexibility, security, and speed that comes with keeping everything in-house.

Your project hits our high-speed network and lands into the hands of your very own expert captioner.   We have the fastest fingers in the biz!  With backgrounds in subjects spanning automotive to zoology,  our captioners have all bases covered.  Your program will be carefully transcribed and thoroughly researched with atomic accuracy.

Coming up next on the CaptionMax Speed Rail:

Your destination is approaching as we glide down the precision rails to our veteran caption proofers.  Your tour guide will wrap things up, and you’ll be on your way with another successful project.

It’s Fun Word Friday!

Posted by Emma on February 5, 2010 at 10:39 am. Fun Word Friday

Welcome to Fun Word Friday.  CaptionMax is chock full of friendly, dedicated Word Nerds. Every day we hear words, we type them, correct them, punctuate them, research them, study them, write them, speak them, and take them out to dinner.

Being Word Nerds, we love the exotic.   Here are some of our favorites – and we’ll post more each week!

Gossypiboma: a surgical sponge left within a patient after an operation

Liuqin: a four-stringed Chinese lute with a pear-shaped body

Misoneism: fear of change

Scumble: (verb) to make less brilliant by covering with a thin coat of opaque or semi opaque color applied with a nearly dry brush

Sniglet: a word that doesn’t appear in the dictionary but should

CaptionMax Speed Rail: The Adventure Begins

Posted by Emma on February 3, 2010 at 10:45 am. Captioning, High Definition, Subtitling

CaptionMax Speed Rail: The Adventure Begins

Climb on the CaptionMax Speed Rail, a high-speed ride through the world of closed captioning. It’s a lightning fast route that we travel every day, and we’d love for you to join us. Grab a handrail and hang on!

Your Local Station: Sales Staff

Located conveniently in Burbank, Washington D.C., New York, and our world headquarters in Minneapolis, we are available anywhere you need us. With almost two decades of working hand-in-hand with people and projects from every range of the spectrum, we’ll get you headed down the right track. Begin your journey here, with the best in the business.

Your Friendly Tour Guide: Project Managers

Our PM’s have been overseeing projects at CaptionMax ever since the first train left the station. They have navigated every kind of curve and roadblock, and are masters at identifying issues before they become bumps in the road. If you’ve worked with us before, you already know they are the friendliest in the business – making sure your project gets from Point A to Point B on time, every time.

Coming up next on the CaptionMax Speed Rail:

We digitize your program and shoot it straight to your expert captioner. That’s where we really pick up speed.



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