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#1 David Silverstein

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Posted 29 December 2005 - 01:41 PM

Just was wondering becuase I need for a documentry.

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Whats the font they used in closed captioning and stuff like that?

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#2 Phil Connolly

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Posted 29 December 2005 - 03:42 PM

Just was wondering becuase I need for a documentry.

Repeat of question in descrip.

Whats the font they used in closed captioning and stuff like that?

Thanks,
David S.


David,

There are no hard and fast rules, unless your delivering a project for a company that has a house style, so try to find a font thats not too distracting, so your captions are easy to read etc...

I work for a TV Channel in the UK (that has a house style) and we use Gill Sans, white text with a drop-shadow, on the majority of subtitled films that we broadcast. This is sometimes different to the original subtitle style on the film, but we request a clean master and do our own subtitles so we have consistancy.

I think Gill Sans is pritty good, a bit more stylish than Ariel but not too in your face. I think that a drop-shadow is better then putting them in a grey box - less distracting but still easy to read on a bright background.

Hope this helps

Phil
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