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Explaining the Role of a Closed Captioner


Potenza and other captioners have to be certified at 225 words per minute, and but she can go up to around 300 word-per-minute bursts if she needs to. The average single speaker rate of speech is around 180 words a minute, but things get complicated with speedy talkers, or multiple speakers. We put her to the test with Kyle Clark's commentary about snow on patio furniture, and she stayed around 220 the entire time. You might think technology would be threatening her job. After all, that Siri is getting pretty good.“She’s pretty good, though. Anybody....MORE

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