A complete media accessibility solution for higher education

Maximize accessibility and compliance with a platform that works at scale.

3Play Media helps institutions like Yale, MIT, and Penn State to make their media accessible, searchable, and multilingual for students. We provide high-quality and compliant transcripts, captions, audio descriptions, and more.

We offer unlimited downloads of 50+ caption formats from our user-friendly online platform. APIs and secure integrations with popular video and learning platforms, such as YouTube, Brightcove, and Kaltura make it easy to automate your media accessibility workflows.

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Live Professional Captioning gave me a lot of peace of mind for our Accessibility Camp Symposium. I definitely feel this product was worthwhile and helpful – it saved my sanity, relieved a lot of headaches, and helped carry the event’s accessibility. It’s been a great experience working with 3Play Media and a breath of fresh air to be able to put your trust in a vendor and know that we’re going to get quality live captions. Not only does 3Play care about accessibility, they care about me, and that translates clearly when utilizing their services like Live Professional Captioning.

Jeremy Seda
North Idaho College

Real-Time Accommodations

Live accommodations that improve learning outcomes.

3Play Media provides highly accurate, reliable, and easy-to-schedule live captions that leave you feeling confident and prepared for your live lecture or event. We offer two types of live captioning, professional and automatic, that enable you to make your events more accessible for students.

3Play’s Live Professional Captioning service was developed with the student experience in mind. A truly equitable education experience requires that each student can fully comprehend the class material, which is impossible for students who rely on captions if they’re not completely accurate. 3Play Media’s Live Professional Captioning uses trained professionals and is complete with auto caption failover and failback options, as well as caption customization and post-event accessibility to make your live events run as smoothly as possible.

Our Live Automatic Captioning service is generated by automatic speech recognition technology. If there’s a disruption to live professional captions, our auto caption failover system switches to live automatic captions without interruption. Because auto-captions have a lower accuracy rate compared to human-powered live captions, professional captions are preferred for education-focused content.

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Having worked on the development of a wide range of online media tools, I’ve found that the integration of searchable, reliable text resources alongside video is no easy task. 3Play Media’s Interactive Transcript tool pushes the envelope in terms of how online video can become equally as searchable as text. The technical support and APIs provided by the 3Play team complements the full experience, allowing their transcript tools to be effectively integrated within a wide range of online educational environments.

Brian O'Hagan
Columbia University


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Ready to grow with you

For educational institutions on an accessibility journey, finding an accessibility solution that can grow with you is a challenge. Our robust solution can uphold services at scale and is designed to grow as you grow. We built our system to handle large quantities of video per day without notice – always at 99% accuracy.

Plus, with our workforce of thousands of professional transcript editors and multiple turnaround options, you won’t need to worry about missing deadlines regardless of the amount of video that needs captioning.

Additionally, when you partner with 3Play Media, you can easily add other accessibility tools to your videos down the line. If you come to us only needing captions and audio description in the beginning but decide to add translation as your business grows, you can easily order any service through our online platform.

With advanced offerings like flexible workflows, a user-friendly online platform, strict deadline compliance, and white-glove support, there’s no job we can’t take on.


Seamless Integrations with Your Existing Learning Tools

Connect your favorite tools with 3Play

3Play Media offers integrations with over 20 leading video platforms, lecture capture software, and learning management systems. Easily connect to your existing higher education tools and take advantage of push-button simplicity so you can focus on what really matters: students’ learning experiences.


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16 million adults in the United States live with a disability, and many of them are students. By 2050, nearly 2.5 billion people are projected to have some degree of hearing loss. Removing access barriers and providing an accessible experience to students with disabilities is imperative. Closed captions grant access to students with hearing loss and other disabilities by allowing them to read the words that are spoken in a video or during a class.

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Captions and transcripts greatly increase learning comprehension and retention. The ability to simultaneously read and listen reinforces educational content for students. A study conducted by Oregon State University found that 75% of students who use captions see them as a learning aid, and 71% of students without hearing difficulties use captions at least some of the time. Read more about the study.

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Interactive transcripts highlight words as they are being spoken in a video. By typing a term into the search bar, students can see every instance of that keyword within the transcript. Clicking on one of the instances of the search term jumps students directly to that point in the video. In a survey with MIT’s OpenCourseWare, students shared about their experience with 3Play Media’s interactive transcripts in conjunction with their video lecture courses. When asked to rate the features of our interactive video transcript, 94% of respondents found one or more of our features “useful”. Students used interactive transcripts to learn at their own pace in a multi-sensory mode, improve their comprehension of difficult course material, and more. Learn more about the survey.

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