Accessible Video:

Video, Captions & Transcriptions

Understanding the Options

What is a Caption?

A caption is a synchronized transcript of audio content and is displayed as an additional tract on a video. Captions help many people including those who are deaf or hard of hearing, who are working in a noisy environment, who are second language learners, who have trouble processing auditory content, and some who just like to see words and concepts spelled out.  

Are captions required?

Yes. All video intended for course purposes in Brightspace must be captioned to ensure ADA compliance. 

What is a Transcript?

A transcript is a text version of the dialogue in a video or audio track. IT is typically time-synched to the video or audio file. It is not displayed on a video, but is instead provided below the video. A transcript helps all the same people who benefit from captions. It may also be easily downloaded and read by a screen reader.  

Are transcripts required?

Yes. At this time, a full transcript is required for any audio files utilized in Brightspace. If you need help creating a transcript for an audio file or for a video, one can be created for you. Use the Captioning Request Form linked in the section below.

What is an Audio Description?

An audio description is an additional narration that provides a textual description of the action, characters, and other visual content in a video. It is especially helpful for blind and visually impaired users.  An audio description tract is often played between captions or during pauses in dialogue. This trailer from the movie Frozen is a good example of audio descriptions.

Are audio descriptions required? 

No. Few video players currently support audio descriptions, but we expect to see this become more of the norm in the near future.

Video, Captioning & Transcription Services - PimaOnline Media Lab

The PimaOnline Media Lab offers specific services, prioritizing PimaOnline course development projects.

To request assistance in the production, editing or captioning of a video, please email the PimaOnline Media Lab at [email protected]

Please Note: Videos made with the support of the PimaOnline Media Lab will be edited and captioned by PimaOnline staff before they are made available in courses.  PimaOnline Master Course videos are uploaded and stored in Panopto, the college-supported video platform.  This ensures that videos remain accessible for the life of the course.  Panopto also features auto-generated captioning which can be edited and modified for accuracy.

How Do I Caption My Video?

You Tube Option (auto-generated captions that you edit)

To add a video to YouTube:

Because voice recognition software isn't perfect, auto-generated captions are frequently inaccurate and should be reviewed and edited.  A few hours or so after uploading your video, follow these instructions to review and edit the captions in your YouTube Account Manager. 

Tips for Writing Captions

How Do I See Captions?

Additional Resources