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5 Video Bloggers Doing Captioning Right

5 Video Bloggers Doing Captioning Right

by Elisa Edelberg in Lighter Side

With online video taking on such a huge role in our lives and our culture, video blogging (vlogging) has become an increasing trend. No matter what you “vlog” about, there’s one thing all vlogs should have in common – closed captions. Although…

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February 12, 2018
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Social Video: Why Aren’t We Making It Accessible to Blind People?

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

Social media platforms still have a long way to go as far as accessibility is concerned. Facebook is the only social network that even allows closed captions (Twitter and Instagram require open captions), and that still doesn’t guarantee publishers will add them…

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February 9, 2018
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California State Web Accessibility Laws

by Sofia Enamorado in Industry Trends

Download the Whitepaper: Roadmap to Web Accessibility in Higher Education California is one of the leading advocates of web accessibility in the US, with state laws and public policies which refer directly to the federal law Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.…

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Updated January 9, 2018
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Does Your Video Need Extended or Standard Description?

by Elisa Edelberg in Product Updates

What Is Audio Description? Audio description paints the perfect picture – audibly – to make visual content accessible to individuals who are blind or low vision. Audio description gives incredible detail and imagery in order to provide low vision viewers with a…

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Updated January 18, 2018
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What You Need to Know About FCC Audio Description Requirements

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

At the FCC, there’s always something interesting in the works. Will Schell, attorney advisor at the Disability Rights Office of the FCC, joined us for a webinar to provide a comprehensive overview of audio description requirements under FCC rule. FCC Rules for Accessibility The…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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When and When Not to Add Audio Description to Content

by Elisa Edelberg in Industry Trends

  Audio Description Defined Audio description is defined as “the verbal depiction of key visual elements in media and live productions,” and is meant to provide information on visual content that is considered essential to the comprehension of the program. Audio description…

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Updated January 18, 2018
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Q&A: How the University of Maryland Implemented a Campus-Wide IT Accessibility Plan

by Sofia Enamorado in Video Accessibility

There are approximately 52,000 people at the University of Maryland. 27,000 are students, 10,000 graduate students, and about 13,700 make up faculty and staff. The challenge of providing accessibility to such a diverse population is one that the university has been tackling…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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5 IT Accessibility Areas the University of Maryland is Tackling

by Sofia Enamorado in Video Accessibility

Three years, five strategic areas to focus on. This is the backbone of the University of Maryland’s IT Accessibility Plan. The goal of their 3-year plan is to improve IT support to achieve a more accessible IT culture on campus. With the…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Q&A: 15 Years After An OCR Suit: NC State’s Accessibility Refresh

by Sofia Enamorado in Video Accessibility

  15 years after entering into a voluntary resolution from three OCR complaints, NC State University has come a long way with their accessibility initiatives on campus. In a webinar entitled “15 Years After An OCR Suit: NC State’s Accessibility Refresh,” Grey…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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3 Essential Steps for Creating Superior Instructional Videos

by Sofia Enamorado in Video Accessibility

  When it comes to producing accessible instructional videos, many professors don’t know where to start. In order to create a quality video, you must plan and have the right equipment. There are 3 steps in video production: plan, produce, and publish.…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Upcoming Webinars: DOJ/OCR Rulings, Centralizing IT Accessibility, and Accessibility at Blackboard

by Lily Bond in Events

Happy 2017! We have an exciting webinar series planned for the new year that we are eager to share with you. Covering everything from DOJ/OCR rulings to Blackboard to centralizing IT accessibility, our January and February webinars will give you a comprehensive…

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Updated January 4, 2018

Amazon’s New YouTube Competitor Requires Closed Captions

by Emily Griffin in Industry Trends

Amazon announced the launch of a new video platform that is a direct challenge to YouTube: Amazon Video Direct (AVD). Like YouTube, Amazon Video Direct serves user-generated video content that the creators can monetize with advertising revenue and royalties. Unlike YouTube, Amazon…

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Updated January 4, 2018