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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 March 6, 2018
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Q&A: FCC Audio Description Requirements

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

For many, audio description is uncharted land. But, with legal requirements increasing, it’s a good idea to get on board now! In recent years, the FCC has been actively increasing audio description requirements through the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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What the Winn-Dixie Case Means for the Future of Web Accessibility

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

  Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) focuses on public accommodations. Public accommodations are businesses that are open to the public and fall into any of the 12 categories listed in the ADA. Some examples include restaurants, movie theaters,…

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Updated February 27, 2018
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Q&A with Legal Rebel, Lainey Feingold

by Sofia Enamorado in Video Accessibility

2017 has been a turbulent year for digital accessibility. Groundbreaking cases like the Winn-Dixie trial and historic updates like the Section 508 refresh are changing the way organizations across industries are approaching accessibility. Here to give us the full report is Lainey…

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Updated January 4, 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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South African Accessibility Laws

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

Web Accessibility Laws in South Africa Section 9 of South Africa’s Constitution states that “no person may unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone” on grounds that cover a long list of criteria including “disability.” Furthermore, legislation that protects citizens’ rights to…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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How to Select an Audio Description Vendor

by Elisa Edelberg in Industry Trends

  When choosing an audio description vendor there are many different things to consider. Some of these things include cost, process, editing, help with publishing, and quality. Price & Process: A Crucial Balance Like with anything else, cost plays a factor when…

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Updated February 20, 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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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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Captioning Prioritization, Centralization, and Department Responsibility

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

  The way video captioning works across organizations is sort of like how some families divide grocery duties. Who’s responsible for shopping, unpacking the bags, and cooking? Which items get attention first? At some organizations, one department basically handles all captioning responsibilities.…

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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