How Captions & Transcripts Increase Engagement with Videos

by Samantha Sauld in Video Accessibility

There’s no denying the power of online video. The first video to be streamed on the internet was in 1995, and since its inception, online video has quickly become a force to be reckoned with.  Today, everyone is watching online videos and…

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Updated July 17, 2020

Captioning Sound Effects in TV and Movies

by Samantha Sauld in Video Accessibility

The first electric television was invented in 1927. 44 years later, captions were introduced to TV programs.  In 1972, Gallaudet University, American Broadcasting Company (ABC), and the National Bureau of Standards presented the technology needed to make television shows accessible with captions.…

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June 18, 2020

How to Publish Online Video

by Samantha Sauld in Video Accessibility

Online video has completely permeated the online space and continues to be a staple in many people’s digital experience. By 2021, global internet traffic is projected to make up 82% of all consumer internet traffic.  Whether it be live or prerecorded, the…

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June 16, 2020

How to Optimize Student Engagement in Virtual Learning Environments

by Jaclyn Leduc in How-To

Translating in-person teaching strategies to virtual learning environments is often easier said than done. However, by implementing specific measures, tools, and techniques, instructors can create remote classrooms that foster student success.   Toolkit for Live Captioning Online Videos (for Virtual Learning and…

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Updated May 14, 2020

How to Add Captions and Audio Description to Wistia Videos

by Samantha Sauld in Video Accessibility

Wistia is a video software company that believes when businesses create an immersive viewing experience for viewers, it can build brand affinity. What better way to create an immersive viewing experience than with accessibility?  Captioning and audio description are two great accessibility…

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Updated May 1, 2020

How to Design a Sustainable Process for Accessible Web Design

by Samantha Sauld in Video Accessibility

Designing an accessible website is more important than ever before. In fact, 71% of people with disabilities leave a website immediately if it’s not accessible.  Slow a steady wins the race, and accessible web design is more than just a one-time auditing…

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Updated May 1, 2020

How to Get Started with 3Play Media’s Audio Description

by Samantha Sauld in Video Accessibility

Audio description is an audio track that narrates the relevant visual information in media and assumes the viewer cannot see the onscreen content. It can be compared to a sports broadcaster narrating the visual action of a game over audio. The descriptions…

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Updated April 30, 2020

How to Add Captions to YouTube Videos & Force Captions On

by Samantha Sauld in Video Accessibility

Have you ever wondered how to add captions to youtube videos or wished that you could make people watch your video with captions? Well, we’re going to show you just how to do that! You might want to force captions on your…

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Updated June 11, 2020

The Difference Between CEA-608 (Line 21) Captions and CEA-708 Captions

by Jaclyn Leduc in How-To

There are two standards of closed captions for broadcast television. CEA-608 closed captions (also known as Line 21 captions and EIA-608 captions) were the old standard for closed captioning of analog television. CEA-708 closed captions (also known as EIA-708 captions) are the…

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January 9, 2020

The Easiest Way to Caption Blackboard Collaborate Videos

by Samantha Sauld in Video Accessibility

Blackboard Collaborate gives educators the opportunity to virtually reach and engage with learners.  Aside from having great content, one way to improve user engagement is to caption videos. Captions are time-synchronized text that represent the audio in a video.  There are many…

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Updated May 1, 2020

How to Design Accessible Cyberlearning

by Samantha Sauld in Video Accessibility

In the latest webinar, “Designing Accessible Cyberlearning: Recommendations and Lessons Learned”, Sheryl Burgstahler, Founder and Director of the DO-IT Center and UW Access Technology Center at the University of Washington, provides recommendations on how cyberlearning researchers can address accessibility issues and how…

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Updated May 1, 2020

New Resources from W3C on How to Make Video Accessible

by Samantha Sauld in Video Accessibility

The World Wide Web Consortium, also known as the W3C, is an international organization that develops standards for the web. Overseen by Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, W3C’s mission is to lead the web to its full potential so…

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Updated May 1, 2020