Captions allow people who do not have access to sound to engage with video and audio content. Captioning videos help students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing participate in classwork involving videos. Captioning is part of the Accessible Technology Initiative because videos have become an integral way to share information with students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Accessible Educational Materials: Teaching with Accessible Video.
- Video: Captions on videos, audio descriptions (for slide content and images), and transcripts
- Audio: Transcripts of an audio file or podcast
Turn captions on or off
- Go to the video
- If captions are available, the CC icon will be visible on the video player.
- To turn captions on, tap CC.
- To turn captions off, tap CC again.
|Media Type||Description||How to Check|
|Videos, captured lectures, recorded presentations for instructional media must all have captions.|| |
|The purpose of the transcript is to provide an equivalent to what is presented visually. Ensure transcripts are provided for audio content.|
Audio descriptions are audio tracks or transcripts that contain narration of onscreen movement or visuals. They are mainly intended for users with visual impairments such as blind and low vision users.
Audio descriptions have a narrator that describe critical content that is not conveyed through audio such as settings, graphics, and on-screen activity. Audio descriptions are commonly used for pre-recorded material such as video tutorials, video resources, and instructional videos.
Do I need audio descriptions?
| All videos must be captioned.|| |
All videos must be captioned.
|Adding Closed Captions to your Zoom meetings is easy with CaptionSync. Zoom offers two options for recording meetings - Local Recording and Cloud Recording; you can use either option to record meetings that you wish to later have captioned. This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to submit Zoom recorded meetings for captioning.|
The content on YouTube is primarily based on videos, therefore captioning videos is essential. Captions will help videos reach a wider range of audience and make them accessible to people who are blind, deaf or hard of hearing. In addition, captions also benefit seeing viewers, captions can help the viewer understand when audio is distorted or when the viewer is a non-native speaker.
The easiest way to add captions on YouTube videos is:
|Closed Captioning your own Vimeo videos is quite easy with CaptionSync. Vimeo provides a mechanism for video owners to upload a caption file along with their video file. The caption file can be added at any time.|
Users have two options to embed captions on Facebook:
|Videos on Twitter do not have a feature to add captions on a tweet. However, there are workarounds to ensure video accessibility.|
|Instagram does not have a feature to add captions to videos.|
|To add captions on videos uploaded on LinkedIn, a SubRip Subtitle (SRT) file is required. For more information visit LinkedIn: Adding Captions to Videos.|