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3Play Media’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

by Patrick Loftus in Company + Culture

It’s that time of year again! Looking back on the blog posts from last year that peaked our readers’ interests the most helps everyone imagine what to expect in the new year. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank…

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Updated February 6, 2018
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Accessibility Laws for United States Federal Government Agencies

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

There are two major civil rights laws that specifically protect the rights of people with disabilities in the United States: The Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. For a full explanation of both laws, visit ADA.gov. Here is an overview…

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Updated January 8, 2018
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Accessibility Laws for Faith

by Sofia Enamorado in Video Accessibility

The accessibility laws for faith organizations vary depending on how you are disseminating your content. If you broadcast your sermons on television, then you must comply with the FCC and CVAA, despite the ADA exemption. Read below to learn more about how…

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Updated December 19, 2017
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What to Take Away From FedEx and Target’s Accessibility Lawsuits

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

Accessibility lawsuits can tell us a lot about what makes an organization accessible to both employees and customers. Two lawsuits in particular, against international shipper FedEx and retail giant Target, highlight the importance of making accessibility a priority in both physical and…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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British Web A11y Site Enforcement

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

  It’s not often that people ask for stricter enforcement of laws. When it comes to web accessibility in the UK, that’s exactly what’s happening. AbilityNet Wants Web A11y Site Enforcement AbilityNet wants the UK government to crack down on enforcing web…

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Updated March 29, 2018
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Canadian CRTC Caption Laws

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

  Canada’s D/deaf and harde of hearing population has been advocating for higher captioning standards since the 60s. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has done a lot of work in the last decade to give Canadians a chance to voice…

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Updated January 4, 2018

Auto-Captions vs. Editing Auto-Captions vs. Re-Captioning in Post-Production

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

Nobody’s perfect. Not even computers… While artificial intelligence still isn’t that great at understanding human speech, reliance on automatic captioning is pervasive. In fact, YouTube recently announced that their auto-captioning feature, which relies on articial intelligence for speech recognition, has added automatic…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Why Automatic Captions Don’t Protect You From an ADA Lawsuit

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

  Automatic Captions Are Not a Joke Any YouTube watcher, Buzzfeed fan, or really anyone who spends time on the internet can probably agree that YouTube’s automatic captions have made for some ridiculously funny #captionfails including this Jaimaican Vacation Hoax, for example.…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Why It’s Hard to Re-Use Your Live Captions or Transcripts for Post-Production

by Elisa Edelberg in Industry Trends

  What Is Live Captioning? The dictionary defines captioning as “the title of a scene, the text of a speech, etc., superimposed on the film projected onto the screen.” So what happens when a Deaf or hard of hearing viewer attends a…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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How Are Organizations Publishing Video and Captions in 2017?

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

  Online video viewing is projected to grow by a fifth in 2017. In other words, people are spending more time per day watching video thanks to entertainment and video advertising platforms like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and Facebook. Naturally, that means the…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Final CVAA Captioning Requirement for Live & Near-Live TV Goes into Effect

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

July 1st, 2017 was the final deadline of the FCC’s 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) captioning requirement timeline for broadcast television in the US. This deadline, the last of several that have been incrementally phased in since 2012, requires…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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How to Create A WebVTT File

by Sofia Enamorado in How-To

A “Web Video Text Track” file, also known as WebVTT (.vtt), is increasingly becoming a popular subtitle/caption file format. It originated in 2010 by the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG), to support text tracks in HTML5. How is WebVTT different…

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Updated February 21, 2018