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NSI Sample Clip

Nineteen video clips from television were used in the data collection videotape. Each of the 19 clips were captioned two or three different ways. Deaf and hard of hearing consumers watched each clip, and selected the method of captioning NSI that they preferred. They also could note which, if any, captioning methods were unacceptable to them. New uses of captions, incorporating features such as color, were used in the study.

Speaker identification was tested in six clips. In the sample below, speaker identification of an off-screen narrator was tested.

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Feature used: speaker identification
(Narrator explicitly identified)

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Feature used: color (captions for narrator in white;
captions for second speaker in yellow)

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Feature used: capital letters and italics (capital letters
for narrator; slanted letters for second speaker)

Results of Consumer Preference

Speaker identification--67% (unacceptable--0%)
Color--21% (unacceptable--19%)
Caps and italics--12% (unacceptable--5%)

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