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If You Build It (For Everyone), They Will Come

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

The internet is basically the world’s largest mall… with no parking lot. 56% of people around the world shop at Amazon.com alone. It’s also the world’s largest movie theater. In 2017, the online video market was projected to hit $13.6 billion, surpassing…

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Updated February 15, 2018
Adding Videos with Captions and Transcripts to LMS Platforms

Adding Videos with Captions and Transcripts to LMS Platforms

by Elisa Edelberg in Product Updates

Accessibility Tools in LMS Learning management systems (LMS) usually don’t allow users to publish videos with captions, interactive transcripts, or audio description. This poses a challenge, especially in higher education and eLearning, as these features make content accessible and have many benefits…

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Updated February 6, 2018
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Seven Years into Rulemaking Process, DOJ Withdraws ADA Website Access Regulations

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

In 2010, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) began the process of developing accessibility guidelines for public websites under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Part of the goal of these regulations would have been to clarify accessibility requirements…

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Updated January 8, 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
Colored bubbles overlapping with the names of the top 5 accessibility speakers and their presentations. Top 5 Accessibility Speakers of 2017. Lainey Feingold: the 2017 legal update on digital accessibility cases. Tom Tobin: strategies for getting administrative & faculty buy-in for UDL. Katie Linder & Lily Bond: The state of closed captioning in higher education. Bruce Bailey & Timothy Creagan: complying with the section 508 and section 255 refresh. Jackie Luft & Ian Wilkinson: Best Practices for Accessible Instructional Video

Top 5 Accessibility Speakers of 2017

by Elisa Edelberg in Industry Trends

These are our top 5 most viewed webinar speakers from 2017. These speakers cover everything you want to know about video accessibility from a legal update to best practices for creating accessible video! Speaker: Lainey Feingold Lainey Feingold, internationally recognized disability rights…

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Updated January 9, 2018
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What It Means to “Bake-In” Accessibility

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

Everybody loves cake. But if you want everyone to eat the cake, you need to bake it with the right ingredients. The same goes for organizations when designing or introducing new digital technologies like websites and interactive media such as video or…

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Updated January 8, 2018
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Accessibility Laws for Enterprise

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

Enterprise video can greatly benefit from being accessible! But with 70% of enterprise captioning budgets falling under $10,000, many wonder if they really need to make their videos accessible. While the answer is probably “yes” and certainly “you definitely should!” this post…

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Updated January 8, 2018
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What Are Forced Narrative Subtitles?

by Elisa Edelberg in Industry Trends

Forced Narrative (FN) subtitles are used to clarify pertinent information meant to be understood by the viewer. FN subtitles are overlaid text, and can be used to clarify dialogue, burned-in texted graphics, and other information that is not otherwise explained or easily…

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Updated January 8, 2018
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People Are Turning Netflix Videos into “Audiobooks” with the Audio Description Feature

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

The concept of driving your car while enjoying a movie on your phone just became a lot safer. Lifehacker recently published an article about a Redditor who pointed out that you can listen to movies and TV shows on Netflix by turning…

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Updated January 8, 2018
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Accessibility Laws for Public Colleges

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

Public colleges and universities around the US are legally required to make both digital and physical environments on campus accessible to people with disabilities. In recent years, many students with disabilities have found themselves at a disadvantage when some public universities have…

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Updated January 8, 2018
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Brightcove Offers Audio Description Solution With Multiple Audio Tracks

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

One of the biggest barriers with audio description is that most browsers and video players do not support the playing of description in the same way that they support captions. Brightcove is the first enterprise-level video platform to offer audio description support.…

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Updated January 8, 2018
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How to Test Video Players for Accessibility

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

One-third of all online activity is spent watching video content, and video traffic accounts for 69% of all global consumer internet traffic. So, considering watching video has become so intensely fundamental to the average online user experience, shouldn’t we also expect the…

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Updated January 9, 2018