Captioning, audio description and transcription contacts

Captioning

Captioning makes videos accessible to the hard of hearing community; a community that make up over 5% of the population. Here, we list both professional service options, and do-it-yourself options.

For videos that you plan to circulate internally or externally, captioning may be required at short notice. These are captioning tools which you can use yourself, on smartphones or computers.

Contacts for captioning

Do-it-yourself captioning tools

  • Youtube generates captions for an uploaded video, here is a guide to using them
  • Apple Clips – live video captioning while you record (free on App store)
  • Zubtitle – generates captions for an uploaded video (this is a paid product)
  • Closed Caption Creator - generates captions for an uploaded video (this is paid product)
  • Amara – manual captioning (this is a free product)

Audio description

Audio description is the auditory narration of visual representations such as television programs, film and live performances. During gaps in dialogue, it describes visual elements such as scenes, settings, actions and costumes.

Audio description is particularly beneficial to people who are blind and vision impaired and people with print, learning and physical disabilities.

Contacts for audio description

Transcription

Transcription is the written or printed version of material originally presented in a way that contains audio, such as a video or a podcast.

For people who are Deaf or hearing impaired, the provision of a transcript can make a medium such as a podcast accessible as all the dialogue can be viewed as print. Transcriptions also provide better flexibility to content, as the information can be read out by a screen reader at the users preferred speed.

Contacts for transcription