There are two types of captioning to be aware of:
- Live or Realtime captioning (Usually performed via live or remote CART)
- Post-production captioning
Live or Realtime captioning is used when captions are provided during a live event. This event can be either in person (e.g. presentations, in class, major events such as graduation) or via the web (e.g. streaming a live event over the web, engaging in web conference). This type of service is coordinated through the Student Disability Access Center. At least three weeks notice is required to arrange for this accommodation.
Information regarding post-production captioning at UVA is maintained by the UVA Library. Our two primary vendors are 3Play Media and cielo24. Having agreed to the state's terms and conditions, we utilize contracts with these vendors originally negotiated by George Mason Univ through VASCUPP.
For information regarding account creation, pricing and services available through each vendor: UVA Library - Accessibility Services - Captioning
More information on captioning and guidance for DIY captioning:
- Best Practices for Captioning: The Captioning Key
- Captioning Matters
- Adding Captions to Facebook Pages
- YouTube: Subtitles & closed captions
- DIY Captioning Techniques (Ohio State Univ)
- 3Play Media: Everything You Need To Transcribe Videos & Create Closed Captions In-house
Audio descriptions provide a verbal description of the visual images and are intended as accommodations for individuals who are blind or with low vision. This service can be provided for video, but can also be part of live cultural events. It is time intensive, expensive, and an art. However, as technology improves, providing audio descriptions for video is becoming easier through tools such as YouDescribe.
- The Audio Description Project
- Audio Description Associates
- The Visual Made Verbal (Book available through Amazon)
- YouDescribe: What is YouDescribe? A video tutorial
- A very good description of using the text-track method of audio description by Terrill Thompson. The information references his presentation at CSUN 2017 as well as usability research he has done with screen reader users.