Closed captions are an essential part of video production. Whether the media that needs closed captioning is a web video, a documentary film, a training video for a business, or a television show, it’s an unfinished product unless it has closed captions. Closed captions are more than a means for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing to experience the video. They’re also a way to make the video more accessible for people who don’t speak English fluently, those in environments where hearing the audio isn’t possible, and search engines crawling the Internet. High-quality closed captions increase the amount of information the viewer retains after watching the video. In many cases, closed captions are required by federal regulation.