Video Captioning

Captioning is visible text in videos so viewers can read a transcription of the audio.

Closed captions can be turned on or off by the viewer; open captions are subtitles embedded in the video and are always visible. Videos on any Appalachian website and those used in classrooms must have captioning to meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE), in collaboration with the Office of Disability Services, can assist you with captioning original videos for university use. If you are using a commercially made video product in your classes, chances are that it is already captioned.

Providing a transcript of the audio for your video complies with the ADA. You can add captioning to your video using services like YouTube. Alternatively, you can submit a copy of your video to CAE for processing through the DocSoft appliance to generate a transcript from the audio. This text file will be edited for alignment with the video and then provided to faculty for final editing and joining with the original video file.

Contact Josh Bailey at closedcaptioning@appstate.edu to begin this process.