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The New Normal: A 2021 Snapshot of Video Accessibility in Higher Education

by Rebecca Klein in Video Accessibility

When the pandemic started, many higher education institutions faced unknown territory. The pandemic forced educators and students to learn new technologies, prioritize video as a classroom tool, and interact in virtual environments. Now, almost two years later, video’s role in higher education…

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October 22, 2021

TikTok Accessibility: How to Add Captions and Other Best Practices

by Kelly Mahoney in Video Accessibility

With over two billion lifetime downloads and 50 million daily active users in the U.S. alone, TikTok is one of the most popular apps of our time, particularly among Gen Z. However, the platform’s accessibility features leave something to be desired. While…

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October 21, 2021

The Influencer’s Guide to Social Media Accessibility

by Elisa Lewis in Video Accessibility

Since its inception, social media has taken the world by storm. According to Hootsuite, there are more than 4.48 billion social media users worldwide – a little more than half of the global population. As our society relies more on digital technology,…

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October 19, 2021

The Ultimate Guide to Caption and Description Formats for Popular Video Players

by Kelly Mahoney in Video Accessibility

Ever wondered what type of caption & audio description formats your video player will require? Here, we’ll break down the most popular video players and the formats they require to make video accessible. Caption Formats There are plenty of caption formats out…

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October 15, 2021

Squid Game’s Subtitles: When Meaning Gets Lost in Translation

by Rebecca Klein in Video Accessibility

Squid Game, a shocking dystopian thriller about class and capitalism in Korea, is on track to become Netflix’s most-watched show of all time. Viewers in hundreds of countries are binge-watching the Korean-language drama while reading subtitles—a testament to Parasite director Bong Joon-ho’s…

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Updated October 15, 2021

The Most Essential Accessible Tools for Working From Home

by Kelly Mahoney in Video Accessibility

As the working world was forced to adapt amidst a global pandemic, we saw the rise of more accessible work from home tools (which offer numerous benefits to employees & employers alike) that become integral to the hybrid work environment. Accenture’s 2021…

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Updated October 18, 2021

How Many People Use Captions? Not Just the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

by Rebecca Klein in Video Accessibility

The Office of Communications (Ofcom), the regulatory body for UK television broadcasting, conducted a 2006 study on how many people use subtitles and subtitle usage by people who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing. In the UK, “subtitles” are equivalent to what…

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October 1, 2021

6 YouTube Captioning and Subtitling Hacks You Need to Try

by Elisa Lewis in Video Accessibility

If you really want to up your YouTube game, you should consider adding captions. Over 500 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. That’s a lot of content, which, unfortunately, isn’t always captioned. When it comes to YouTube, captions are…

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September 30, 2021

How 3Play’s Translation Can Be Part of Your Video Production Process

by Elisa Lewis in Video Accessibility

The video production process can be long and intricate but incredibly worthwhile in the end. What’s the outcome of a thorough production process? A well-planned and well-executed video. There are three parts to the production process in order from start to finish:…

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Updated October 10, 2021

How to View Captions on Your Smartphone

by Kelly Mahoney in Video Accessibility

Given that a quarter of people watch movies and TV shows on their smartphones daily, it’s worthwhile to learn how you can enable closed captions on your smartphone or other mobile device. Millions of Americans have some form of hearing loss, and…

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Updated October 10, 2021

The Benefits of In-Player Captions

by Elisa Lewis in Video Accessibility

When streaming your next live event, you’ll want to ensure it’s live captioned. Live captions not only make your live streams more accessible, but they also make them more engaging for viewers. Innovative technology has made it easier to include captions on…

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September 16, 2021

AODA Video Requirements & Canadian Accessibility Standards

by Rebecca Klein in Video Accessibility

Ontario offers some of the most comprehensive web accessibility standards in the world. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was instated in 2005 with the intention of creating a barrier-free Ontario by 2025. The AODA regulates accessibility standards across government,…

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September 9, 2021