Soundtrack Bed Over Entire Film & Close Caption

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Joined: Mar 2 2013
2 Questions:
1. What exactly does it mean when a distributor asks for a soundtrack bed over the entire film?
2. Can anyone lead me to the details of what a distributor is typically looking for when he asks for closed caption in your movie?
Thank you!


Joined: May 17 1999
Re: Soundtrack Bed Over Entire Film & Close Caption
I don't know about the first one.
MAYBE -  the soundtrack without Voice Over if it's a production that can have a new language dropped in?
Think a nature documentary with English narration. You'd supply all the sound but with the narration on a serarate track so they can replace it with American/French.
That's a GUESS.
You'd need them to spec it out as to exactly what they mean.
Closed captions are hidden subtitles (for the deaf) that can be revealed either in Broadcast or on DVD/other media.
Subtiltling for the deaf is tricky because BSL speakers sometimes have lower lteracy skills than native English speakers and so you often have to precis the translation even more that an straight translation. Plus you need to precis it anyway as reading speed is slower than hearing speed (so to speak)
So a monologue is often fewer words than are spoken. Lord knows what you do with a rapid Shakespeare, where you'd attempt to get all the words on sctreen.
Subs for the deaf also require "noises off" such as "Telephone rings" and "Music" to be shown in brackets and characters are allocated coloiurs so you don't confuse who's saying what.
It takes ages/costs a fortune
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Joined: Jul 8 2008
Re: Soundtrack Bed Over Entire Film & Close Caption
I'm guessing that your product has lots of silent sections? Radio stations use the term 'bed' to mean the music that's played underneath a presenter reading lists, or other potentially boring material - In my distant local radio news days, we'd have a number of suitable beds made up in various durations, usually 30, 45, 1:00 and finishing with a sting of some sort at perhaps 3-5 seconds from the end. The presenter would simply raise the fader and slip the music under the speech, raising it slightly at the end of the item, then down again. Think traffic and travel.
In a visual type product, I'm guessing that they want sound at all times, and currently there isn't any - so you need something for the dull moments - most american programmes have had this since the Miami Vice days - and it comes up when there's no dialogue, dipping down to almost, but not quite, gone when important stuff is happening.