The Texas Department of Information Resources (“DIR”) has issued accessibility rules for “electronic and information resources” (or “EIRs”), such as computer hardware, software, or services (see http://www.dir.state.tx.us/standards/srrpub11-accessibility.htm). The DIR rules are intended to ensure that any EIRs procured or developed by Texas state agencies or institutions of higher education are accessible by persons with disabilities. UT System has already taken a leadership position on this issue to give students, faculty and staff access to our critical information resources, regardless of visual, hearing or motor skills disabilities. While this initiative puts forth some daunting goals, AST’s CaptionSync server can offer some help. AST was funded through the US Department of Education to make captioning faster, easier, and less expensive. CaptionSync is an automated web-based captioning service that can’t be beaten for simplicity and speed. Through a web-based interface, users can quickly and easily submit their media and transcript files. Minutes later results are returned via email. Don’t have a transcript? Simply check a box and we’ll make it for you (this process takes 2-3 business days).
CaptionSync can help bring your campus into compliance with Federal and Texas accessibility legislation. CaptionSync accurately captions in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the price of traditional captioning. Get caption results for Streaming Media, DVDs and Videotapes, and Podcasts — or all of them at the same time (there is no additional cost to get multiple result types from the CaptionSync server).
In addition to providing accessibility compliance, you can implement video search of streaming media for essentially no additional cost (see this tutorial on the benefits of video search). What student wouldn’t want video search?
Whether your goal is to make your content more accessible to viewers with disabilities, to enhance the comprehension of difficult material for all viewers, or to introduce Search and Navigation functionality to your web-based video archives, the result of adding captioning is quite simply an improved product to your customers. Distance Learning departments, Educational Technology departments, Media departments and even University News departments all use AST’s CaptionSync service to improve the quality of their final product and set them apart from other schools.
No need to get IT involved. There is no software to install or purchase. Our automated web-based solution is available around the clock – whenever you need it! And it’s available from any web browser: at your desk, across campus, or at home.
Our automated captioning service is very cost-effective, and our educational pricing even more so. With volume based pricing, the unit cost drops as volume increases, so it becomes cost-effective to caption all your material. AST also allows you to prepurchase captioning time, enabling you to take advantage of volume pricing even if your usage will be spread out over an entire budget period.
Want to see how to use our system? Want to know what do with the results? Look no further — these captioned How-To Tutorials will show you how and give you a sample of what our results look like.