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The Benefits of Captioning Videos (According to Dell)


Equal Access

The major benefit of captioning is that it makes videos accessible to more people.

Compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act was Dell’s main driver for captioning in the first place. Section 508 is a part of US federal disability law in that specifies requirements for making digital products, services, and communications fully accessible to people with disabilities.

For video, that means adding closed captions and transcripts to make them accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing users.

One in five Americans over the age of 12 experiences hearing loss significant enough to interfere with daily communication. That means that without captions, Dell would be excluding 20% of their potential audience. Captioning product videos is the obvious choice.


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Why Dell Streamlined Captioning in the Production Process

When Dell began captioning their video content, it quickly learned that captioning should be included in the production workflow to ensure the process was sustainable.

When Dell considered the how the captioning process would fit into their production, they paid close attention to several. For instance, they knew that sharp audio quality helps get more accurate captions, so Dell invested in quality microphones and recording equipment to ensure that speech sounded clear. They also realized that their product experts who presented in their videos sometimes had thick accents, and therefore wanted captions to help capture their words accurately.

Dell concluded that it was most efficient to streamline captioning and translation into their budget and production process. By doing so, they could address these important factors in pre-production to ensure the final product provided the best user experience.

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The Results of Captioning (And Why It’s Worth It)

According to Dell, the benefits of closed captioning corporate video content far outweigh the costs.

Bill McCarty, Manager of Corporate Multimedia at Dell Software Group (at the time of the presentation) said, “It’s hard to find a good reason not to caption, to be quite honest with you. It is such a minimal cost, especially compared with […] high-end video production or even mid-range video production. It is just something that is very easy to build into a budget.”

That’s the word on the business case for closed captioning, according to Dell Technologies. Now, who’s ready to follow Dell’s lead and reap the benefits of captioning?

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