Videos must have either captions or a detailed transcript available to students. Cuyahoga Community College provides ADA compliant closed captioning for videos uploaded to Mediasite, the College's preferred streaming video platform. Instructional media files should be set to play upon user demand (instead of auto-play).
Captions are a requirement for all recorded videos. Captions are the text displayed on the screen in sync with the audio recorded on the video. Captions include both spoken word and other significant sounds. Closed captions are accessed by toggling the "cc" box on the screen which improves accessibility. All captions and transcripts should be manually reviewed as a quality control check to make sure the audio was correctly captured. If captions are not possible, create and provide transcripts for video files.
Subtitles and captions are not the same, but many have used the words interchangeably. Captions are for people who cannot hear. Subtitles are for people who can hear but do not understand the language spoken in the audio or video.
Transcripts are the full text version of a video. Think of it as a screenplay. Students that may need more time processing information can use transcripts to review information. Transcripts are also searchable text that can be highlighted. All captions and transcripts should be manually reviewed as a quality control check to make sure the audio was correctly captured.
If you are creating captions, transcripts typically only require minimal extra work. When you are done creating captions, you can choose to export them as a caption file (with timestamps synced to the video) or as a transcript (the same text without timestamp formatting).
Webex recordings will auto-generate transcripts that can be downloaded usually within 24 hours after the conclusion of a meeting.
Audio Descriptions are for people with a visual impairment and unable to see the images on the screen. They describe all of the images, actions, gestures and sounds that do not have audio.