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5 Oral Histories Doing Captioning Right

by Sofia Enamorado in Lighter Side

Oral histories are timeless resources that paint a picture of the real human experiences and emotions of past events. The stories captured through oral history projects are incredibly important. They serve as resources for both education and research. So why shouldn’t we…

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March 26, 2018
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How to Add Captions and Subtitles to Your Social Media Videos

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

Adding captions to the videos you post on social media is a must. Especially on Facebook, people tend to watch social video with the sound off and videos autoplay without sound. So, captions can help enormously with catching viewer attention. Captions also…

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Updated February 6, 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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5 Ways to Pay for Captioning With Grants and Funding

by Elisa Edelberg in Industry Trends

Download the Brief: Sources of Grants and Funding for Closed Captioning One issue that many online video producers face is how to pay for closed captioning. Many video producers in higher education, entertainment, and eLearning are required by law to caption their…

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Updated December 22, 2017
[INFOGRAPHIC] 5 Stats to Get Administrative Buy-In for Captioning

[INFOGRAPHIC] 5 Stats to Get Administrative Buy-In for Captioning

by Sofia Enamorado in Video Accessibility

Need help convincing your institution’s administration to invest in captioning? We conducted two national research studies with Oregon State University’s Ecampus Research Unit to uncover student’s perceptions of captioning and how institutions nationwide are approaching closed captioning. While most institutions are captioning…

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Updated February 22, 2018
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[Video] College Student Uses and Perceptions of Closed Captions and Transcripts

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

Have you read the report on student uses and perceptions of closed captions and transcripts in higher education? In case you haven’t, Dr. Katie Linder, Research Director at the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit, has summarized the full study into an…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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How the Vendor’s Captioning and Transcription Process Determines Their Rates

by Elisa Edelberg in Industry Trends

  There are several different processes for transcription and captioning. With a range of processes it’s no surprise that there are also significant differences in transcription and captioning rates among different vendors. When considering vendor options, it’s important to keep in mind…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Why You Should Only Use US Closed Captioning Companies

by Sofia Enamorado in Industry Trends

When choosing a US English closed captioning company, cheaper pricing can be enticing. There are many mechanisms to drive costs down, such as offshoring and crowdsourcing, but often times these are used at the expense of caption quality. With captioning services, you…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Q&A with Tom Tobin: How to Get Your Colleagues On Board with UDL

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

  Universal design for learning, or UDL, is a concept that describes designing educational programs, products, and courses to benefit people both with and without disabilities. For example, an interactive transcript makes instructional video recordings accessible to people who are Deaf and…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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3Play Media Makes Adding Facebook Video Captions a Piece of Cake!

by Patrick Loftus in Product Updates

  Adding videos to your organization’s Facebook page is a great way to delight visitors and drive traffic to your page or website. Adding closed captions or subtitles to those videos is a must because they increase views and make videos accessible…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Advice and Resources for Disability Services: Q&A with University of Washington

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

  We recently hosted a webinar with two leaders from the world of accessibility in higher education: Sheryl Burgstahler and Terrill “Terry” Thompson from the University of Washington. Sheryl is UW’s Director of Accessible Technology Services where accommodations and universal design for…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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How 3Play Media Transcribes Non-American English Video Content

by Patrick Loftus in Company + Culture

  Most Americans probably don’t know what you’re talking about if you say ‘zed’ when pronouncing the letter ‘Z.’ So, how does an American transcription company achieve accuracy and consistency with non-American accents, dialects, and the correct spelling of words like “colour”…

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Updated January 4, 2018