Closed vs Open Captions: Video David Zylber September 20, 2016 17:16 Follow Watch the video below to learn the difference closed and open captions... Closed versus open captions. So this has to do with the way that the captions are rendered on the video. So closed means that they exist on the video as a separate track. And as a result, the users can turn them on and off. Open captions means that they are actually burned into the video. And the result is that users can't turn them off. They are there all the time. And there are advantages and disadvantages to each type. But with online video, things are really moving toward closed captions just because it provides a lot more flexibility. Have more questions? Submit a request 0 Comments Please sign in to leave a comment.