Carnegie Mellon University SEI Course with Captions and Transcripts

CMU lecture with slides, video, transcript
Summary: The Software Engineering Institute, a part of the Department of Defense located at Carnegie Mellon University, uses captions and transcripts as part of its online education.
Detail: James Wrubel from the Software Engineering Institute, a Department of Defense training center located at Carnegie Mellon University, worked to develop an instructional delivery that suits the needs of different learning types. The system now offers 8,000 users over 10,000 hours of instruction per month. Presented in a simple, elegant and intuitive virtual learning environment (VLE), the lessons offer users the options to view a video of the instructor and the presentation materials, and to either read along with a transcript or to read ahead by detaching the audio from the transcript (caption files are presented as a transcript).

Research shows that most people process reading faster than listening to people speak. As part of development efforts, the SEI conducted research to understand usage and skills mastery. The concept of delivering a transcript offers the following benefits:

  • The ability to perform deep keyword search throughout the content
  • The ability to download, print and annotate course materials
  • Access and control to pace learning by following the transcript or enabling students to read ahead

The SEI designed a system where students can move through the material at their own pace using the transcript as a guide to upcoming material. A transcript also allows students who may not speak the instructor's language to pause the lecture and look up words they need to clarify without missing any of the material. Because they are a government-funded program, compliance with American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility standards is required.

External Link: CMU Software Engineering Institute Course with captions and transcripts

Services: Transcription, Captions & Subtitles

Edustream Captioned Video Example

online course with transcript
Summary: is a video streaming hosting platform for shared distance learning whose content is fully ADA-compliant.
Detail: is a cost-effective, centralized resource for providing educational institutions with the video playlists of courses. is sponsored by the San Bernardino Community College District and holds strategic partnerships with Sungard Higher Education Managed Services and Seattle Community College Educational Television. was initially conceptualized as a means of addressing the increasing concerns of academic rigor with traditional television courses. offers educational institutions the support to embed accessible educational videos in their online content, to expand staff and professional development programs, and to increase the reach of their workforce and economic development programs.

External Link: Edustream Video Hosting Platform

Services: Transcription, Captions & Subtitles

Benefits to Education from Transcription and Captioning

  • Higher Quality Media Products … Instructional videos, course materials, web video, lecture capture recordings, and training materials.
  • Global Inclusion to Students and Educators … Improves online classroom instruction, instructional materials, and digital content.
  • Improved Sensitivity to Educational Needs
    • Students with disabilities
    • ESL, Learning Disabilities, and Hearing Impaired
    • Improves comprehension and retention for all students
    • Ensures Media Accessibility Compliance
  • Increased Discoverability of Media … Captioning enables video search and indexing functionality, allowing students to find and access the material they seek more readily.
  • Education Cost Benefits … Volume purchase programs available.

Departments Who Benefit

  • Distance or Online Teaching and Learning
  • Enrollment/Recruiting
  • Communications
  • Human Resources
  • Media services and video production
  • Instructional Design
  • Disability Services
  • Individual Faculty wanting to make their media accessible

What Are You Planning?

Are you looking to add captions or subtitles to your DVD?  CaptionSync can provide just about everything you need.

We'll get the material transcribed, and generate line-21 closed captions and subtitles for Apple's DVD Studio Pro, Sonic's DVDit Pro, Adobe's Encore, Avid DVD by Sonic, MediaChance's DVD Lab Pro, and others.  Plus we have how-to videos to show you how to author them.  If you are an educational institution or government entity we also offer our DVD Transfer service were you just send in the DVDs and we take care of everything.
Do you need to deliver SD or HD captions to the head end?  CaptionSync can help.

We can take care of the transcription, caption file generation, and review.  We deliver industry standard SCC files for file-based MPEG ingestion, Omneon servers, or print-tape DV captions via Final Cut Pro 7.  We also offer Digital NLE Captions for print-tape captions for D1 directly from your Avid, Final Cut Pro, or Premiere.
Need iTunes U vodcasts accessible in iTunes, iPods and iPhone?

There are many ways to caption podcast content and CaptionSync can do them all.  We can do the transcription and generation of  SCC caption and/or subtitle files.  Furthermore we can provide direct integration into Prodcast Producer so that your media comes directly to CaptionSync, your caption results return directly into Podcast Producer and are automatically inserted in the video and pushed to iTunes U.
If you are looking to get the job done for just one lecture or an entire semester of lectures CaptionSync is well positioned to help you out.

We deliver formats for Echo360, Mediasite, KalturaPanopto, Desire2Learn, Ensemble Video, Tegrity, Brightcove, EduStreamElluminate, among others.  We take care of the transcription and generation of caption files.  We have direct integrations built into these products, resulting in an automated workflow that once set up, takes care of everything for you.
Do you need quality YouTube captions that won't get you into trouble the way speech recognition can?  CaptionSync will take care of the transcription using our professional stenographers, and the generation of caption files for YouTube.  We can handle the job whether it's just a couple of videos or your entire YouTube channel.
Do you need captions for Flash, JW FLV Player, Flowplayer, QuickTime, Windows Media, and/or Real?  CaptionSync can deliver any (or all them at no additional charge).

We take care of the transcription and the generation of caption files.  We can handle anything from a single 3 minute clip to an automated workflow that once set up, takes care of hundreds of clips per day.
Do you want to be able to jump to the precise point in the video you're looking to find?

CaptionSync delivers the data to make that happen. When your get your web media transcribed and captioned, you not only make it accessible, but you also get search data at no addition charge.  Various platforms and players use our data to empower video search.
Services You Should Consider
Captions & Subtitles
Related How-To Tutorials
Video Search Example
Video Search in Action
Looking for a verbatim text transcript of the audio from a meeting, focus group, or the like?

English or Spanish, we can help you out with our standard three business day or one business day rush transcription.  The transcript will be emailed right back to you and we can handle anything from a single 3 minute piece to a large batch of focus groups.

Transcription only jobs do not contain timed caption or subtitle information in the text.
Services You Should Consider
Need Spanish content transcribed and/or captioned?  Or English captions translated into Spanish?

CaptionSync can help you out in either case.  We offer Spanish transcription by professional stenographers (as well as English) or you can provide your own Spanish transcript for Spanish captions and subtitles.

Leveraging the timing from your original language captioning submission, our Translation Captions use either your own provided translation text or use our professional translators to deliver Spanish translated caption and subtitle files in all the same formats you originally received.

What AST’s CaptionSync Provides

  • Low Cost Solution
  • Dependable Quality from Human Transcription
  • Training Resources for Your Staff
  • Cutting-Edge Automation for Rapid Results
  • Ease of Use
  • Integrated Automated Workflow with a Large Variety of Lecture Capture Systems
  • VPAT

Some Schools Using CaptionSync

Stanford University
University of California
The California Community College System
The California State University System
The University of Wisconsin System
Columbia University
Gallaudet University
Dallas Independent School District
Portland Community College
Chicago Public Schools


  • Web-based pay per use service.
  • No software to buy or install.
  • Choose just the services needed (you can provide your own verbatim text transcript to get captions, or you can have us do the transcription for you, or just get a transcript).
  • Pay online via credit card or Visa/MasterCard branded purchase cards.

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    Colin M.
    CLA-TV Studios
    University of Minnesota

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