Audio and Video Accessibility
For help, contact: Karen Sorensen
Whenever you record audio or video, I recommend thinking of it as a radio broadcast where only your words and hopefully your inflection comes through. Materials that are solely visual, should be described verbally to be accessible to someone who is blind. If PowerPoint or other files are shown in a video, make the actual ppt or pptx files (source files) available to students for review.
If additional description is necessary...
If a video is understandable as audio alone or with supplemental source files, no additional video description is necessary. If additional description is necessary, here are some free tools that allow you to record and synchronize an audio file that can be used to describe what's happening on screen. No endorsement should be implied.
In the case of accommodations for students with disabilities, the instructor will receive a faculty notification letter with instructions on how to get all media for the course captioned/transcribed in time for class use. Faculty should respond quickly to this notification, so captioning can be completed by DS and DL before the media is needed in the course.
Important: Do not release any modules with uncaptioned video if you have a student with a captioning accommodation. Wait until all media is captioned or transcribed before releasing that week's module.
Linking to a video on another website?
You are not expected to caption videos. We do recommend however that you search for captioned media first.
Camtasia is a screen recording software available to PCC online instructors. It is available for Mac and Windows .But only the Windows version has voice recognition.
With Camtasia you can record, caption and produce your media.
- Video captioning step-by-step instructions using Camtasia
- Version 8: Caption Series - Speech to Text
For more information on using Camtasia to record video, see the Camtasia page on the Instructional Support website.
You can record from a webcam directly into YouTube or upload a video. Initially a new YouTube account has a 15 minute video length limit, but you can extend that time-limit by following these instructions.
- Setup a YouTube account (if you don't already have one.)
- Login to your YouTube account.
- Upload your video.
- Add captions.
- Need to describe the visual information on the screen? Try YouDescribe.org
PowerPoints with audio narration
It is best if you use Camtasia (see above) to record audio narration of a PowerPoint (ease of captioning, will play on multiple platforms, doesn't require proprietary software to play), but if you are determined to create a PowerPoint with audio narration, use the Sub-titling text add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Make sure your PowerPoint, the audio narration and the sub-titles/captions play on Windows and Mac computers. And confirm that all of your students have the software required to play the PowerPoint with the narration and sub-titles.
In the case of accommodations for students with disabilities, the instructor will receive a faculty notification letter with instructions on how to ensure all media for the course is captioned/transcribed in time for class use. Faculty should respond quickly to this notification, so transcription can be completed by DS and DL before the media is needed in the course.
Important:Do not release any modules with untranscribed audio recordings if you have a student with a captioning accommodation. Wait until all media is captioned or transcribed before releasing that week's module.
Linking to an audio recording on another website?
You are not expected to transcribe recordings from other websites, but please check to see if a transcript exists and make sure your students know how to find it (if it's available).
- Go to Transcribe tool (best used in Google Chrome)
- Click on the 'how it works' tab, and follow the instructions.
Please Note: This tool is no longer free, but it only costs $20 a year and it's well worth the cost!
Online Meetings (Collaborate)
If you have a student who requires captioning in an online (synchronous) meeting, make arrangements for a captioner with Sharon Brown from Disability Services. (Request a TypeWell captioner if math and chemical formulas are going to be used in the session. Use a CART captioner for all other subjects.)
Suggestions for a Successful Session
- Set up a session to practice this before students arrive and while technical assistance (like the Faculty Help Desk) is available.
- Make the transcriber a moderator right away.
- "Re-state" math problems by typing them into the whiteboard before completing the problem.