Video Captioning - Keeping Accessibility in Mind
Here are a few resources to help you ensure your online video delivery will remain accessible to our students.
Teams has a built-in feature that provides live captions.
- Students are responsible for turning on their own caption preview on their device.
- Students and faculty MUST use the downloaded desktop or mobile app to view live captions.
- Although it is recommended that faculty use the desktop app in general, it is not necessary for the students to access the live captions.
- Use live captions in a Teams meeting
Although Virtual Classroom does not have a built-in feature for live captions, if you are using the tool and have a student who requires this feature, consider using PowerPoint’s automatic subtitles.
- PowerPoint has a built-in feature that you can turn on to display live captions of what you are saying. This can be displayed below your slide or placed elsewhere on your presentation.
- Within Virtual Classroom, you can use the “Share your screen” feature to present your lesson content using PowerPoint with subtitles.
- Follow these instructions to turn on subtitles in your PowerPoint slide show: read or watch.
YouTube has auto captions that have come a long way from the initial days of auto captioning. If you are uploading videos to YouTube, please keep the following in mind.
- Depending on the clarity and complexity of the dialogue in the video, some manual editing of the auto captions might be needed.
- Learn how to edit auto captions: read or watch.
CAPTIONING SERVICE THROUGH THE CAFE:
Are you sharing a YouTube or Vimeo video that you don’t own and doesn’t have correct auto captions?
- The CAFE outsources captioning work to 3PlayMedia
- They provide a one-week turnaround at the standard rate. Quicker turnaround is possible for a higher fee. All costs are covered by Durham College.
- What is needed from you? A link to your YouTube video (easiest option) or the actual video itself
- Contact the CAFE at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your video sent for captioning
Workaround for Live Auto Captions in DC Connect Virtual Classroom:
Students can enable live captions on their end using a third party tool. This does require a few extra steps and only a select number of devices have this feature available. Check out this resource for Google and Android devices.