The Captioning Project is a centrally funded effort focused on accurate captioning of post-production audio and video materials used in academic courses. Working with representatives from Schools, the College, UVA Library, the Learning Design & Technology group, and the Center for Teaching Excellence, this project encourages the use of vendors to produce 99% or better accurate captioning of course materials and faster turn-around-times.
The project services work with Kaltura (My Media), Panopto, and other media players such as Vimeo and YouTube. Stand-alone video and audio (Podcasts) materials are welcome to use the project services to provide accurate captions as well. If you have materials you would like to have captioned, please use the Captioning & Transcription Request Form.
UVA has a policy in place that indicates technology developed needs to be in compliance with U.S. Section 508 and the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Though the policy does not specifically mention what WCAG level is required, compliance level AA is the minimum expected to meet ADA requirements based on legal cases. WCAG compliance levels are inclusive - meeting level AA compliance means you've taken the necessary action to meet level A compliance as well.
Captions - subtitles in the video consisting of the text of the speech and non-speech audio information needed to understand the content.
Transcript - a text version of the speech and non-speech audio information needed to understand the content.
Audio description - description of visual information (including text displayed) needed to understand the content. (Examples of audio descriptions are available from the American Council of the Blind.)
The table below encompasses success criteria for time-based media alternatives.
|Media Type||Captions||Transcript||Audio Descriptions||Sign Language|
|Pre-recorded Video-only||not applicable||
|Pre-recorded Audio-only||not applicable||
|Live Video-only||not applicable||
WCAG compliance level notes:
When applying keyboard navigation of media player controls make sure that the person does not get stuck anywhere in the media player that prevents them from being able to navigate out of the media player. This is considered a keyboard trap and would fail WCAG 2.1.2 level A.
Able Player is a fully accessible cross-browser HTML5 media player that supports both audio and video. If you have control over the server where your web media content will be utilized, then consider installing Able Player on the server and using it.
If you believe you have content that might cause photosensitive epilepsy seizures, then you should consider checking your media by installing the Photosensitive Epilepsy Analysis Tool (PEAT) developed by the University of Maryland.
Web Accessibility Initiative has information regarding audio and video, which includes understanding the user needs of people with disabilities as well as guidance for planning your media work.
Creating accessible synchronized media content is available on the U.S. government's Section 508 site. It provides information about user needs as well as planning for your media content. Searching this site provides additional resources like the create accessible video, audio, and social media section.
The Ultimate Guide to Audio Description by 3Play Media.
Creating accessible audio and video materials from the Library is considered the primary resource per the UVA Digital Accessibility site. This covers topics such as
UVA and VHEAP have worked on a captioning intiative to expand on the work that GMU did in negotiating captioning rates.