Overview


From accessible learning to television broadcast, distance learning to online training, our customers use CaptionSync to make a difference in their media and to widen their audience. By employing universal design principles when constructing their media presentations, they benefit from the wider viewing audience that accessible content allows, but also from making their material text-searchable and indexable.

Review the examples below and envision YOUR media becoming comprehensive, rich and accessible:

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


UK Accessibility Workshop With JISC

workshop video with notes and captions
Summary: This workshop was presented by the UK organization JISC on accessibility polices and best practices. It was captioned by CaptionSync.
 
Detail: JISC Legal is a publicly-funded organization which assists UK colleges and universities with ICT-related legal issues. As part of this, it gives guidance on meeting legal accessibility duties which come from the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995. JISC Legal recorded video guidance in this area, with the participation of a number of experts.  In order to set an example of accessibility good practice and to use the video in different contexts, JISC Legal commissioned the captioning of this recording.  The finished video meets the needs of deaf and hearing-impaired users, but also assists those who work in an environment where reading the text is easier than listening, and provides everyone access to the clarity of text where complex legal duties are being discussed.

External Link: JISC Accessibility Webcast with Captions

Services: Transcription, Captions & Subtitles


University of Wisconsin Commencement Address with Captions

college commencement video with captions
Summary: The University of Wisconsin recorded its 2009 commencement address and hosted it on the school's website with captions and accompanying transcript.
Detail: The University of Wisconsin uses video to teach and communicate with students, parents and alumni. They make efforts to comply with accessibility requirements and provide captions and transcripts for their videos. This video is posted to their campus website, but other videos are also posted to iTunes and to YouTube.

External Link: University of Wisconsin Chancellor address with captions and transcripts

Services: Transcription, Captions & Subtitles


DeAnza College iTunes U

iTunes U class with captions
Summary: DeAnza College Nursing courses on iTunes U appear with captions.
Detail: DeAnza College offers a variety of classes, many of which are uploaded to iTunes U. DeAnza's commitment to making course materials accessible resulted in their offering captioned Vodcasts. Many classes also have transcripts available for downloading to use as study tools.

External Link: DeAnza College Nursing class on iTunesU

Services: Transcription, Captions & Subtitles


University of Pittsburgh Mediasite

lecture with captions and search callouts
Summary: The University of Pittsburgh Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE) uses Mediasite to increase the quality of distance learning technology and to record their lectures for students to watch, using  AST for captioning and transcription.
Detail: The University of Pittsburgh Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE) provides support for four primary cross-functional service areas: instructional development, faculty development, instructional support and university support. CIDDE provides faculty with a primary contact point for many of the instructional services they need, and it also assists in developing and supporting distance education programs and courses. CIDDE uses a lecture capturing system and from there identifies which recorded lectures will be sent to AST for captioning and transcription.

External Link: University of Pittsburgh

Services: Transcription, Captions & Subtitles


University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Video Tutorial with Captions

instructional video with captions
Summary: The University of Texas' MD Anderson Cancer Center provides a variety of instructional videos which are captioned for compliance purposes.
Detail: The University of Texas' MD Anderson Cancer Center provides a variety of instructional videos containing captions. The Flash videos are transcribed and the resulting captions can be viewed by clicking the CC button. Because their patient base includes patients with disabilities, they make efforts to provide media that is accessible to all.

External Link: MD Anderson Cancer Center video

Services: Transcription, Captions & Subtitles


San Jose State University

iTunes U online course with captions and transcripts
Summary: San Jose State University Physics class with lecture in iTunes U with captions and transcripts available.
Detail: San Jose State University Physics class taught with lectures uploaded to iTunes U with captions and transcripts available.
The tabbed areas contain the videos of the lectures, transcripts of the recorded classes and student handouts.

External Link: San Jose State University recorded lecture in iTunes with transcripts and captions

Services: Transcription, Captions & Subtitles


Edustream Captioned Video Example

online course with transcript
Summary: Edustream.org is a video streaming hosting platform for shared distance learning whose content is fully ADA-compliant.
Detail: Edustream.org is a cost-effective, centralized resource for providing educational institutions with the video playlists of courses. Edustream.org 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. EduStream.org was initially conceptualized as a means of addressing the increasing concerns of academic rigor with traditional television courses. EduStream.org 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



NIST Video with Captions

NIST captioned video presentation.
Summary: National Institute on Standards and Technology YouTube video.
Detail: The National Institute of Standards and Technology, a Federal research organization which is part of the Commerce Department promotes scientific information through captioned videos. YouTube is a vehicle that allows NIST to communicate with students, researchers and businesses. Because they are a government agency, they are required to make their content Section 508 accessible.

External Link: NIST YouTube captioned video

Services: Transcription, Captions & Subtitles, Result Review


UK Accessibility Workshop With JISC

workshop video with notes and captions
Summary: This workshop was presented by the UK organization JISC on accessibility polices and best practices. It was captioned by CaptionSync.
 
Detail: JISC Legal is a publicly-funded organization which assists UK colleges and universities with ICT-related legal issues. As part of this, it gives guidance on meeting legal accessibility duties which come from the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995. JISC Legal recorded video guidance in this area, with the participation of a number of experts.  In order to set an example of accessibility good practice and to use the video in different contexts, JISC Legal commissioned the captioning of this recording.  The finished video meets the needs of deaf and hearing-impaired users, but also assists those who work in an environment where reading the text is easier than listening, and provides everyone access to the clarity of text where complex legal duties are being discussed.

External Link: JISC Accessibility Webcast with Captions

Services: Transcription, Captions & Subtitles


Census Bureau Captioned Video

Census Bureau YouTube video
Summary: The U.S. Census Bureau uses YouTube-captioned videos to communicate with different constituents.
Detail: Because the Census touches all Americans, reaching out to explain the 2010 Census process is important. The U.S. Census Bureau has turned to YouTube to communicate with citizens. The videos are captioned, and the accompanying transcripts are used to generate foreign language translations. Several videos are translated into Spanish, and the captions are translated as well.

External Link: Census Bureau YouTube captioned video

Services: Transcription, Captions & Subtitles, Result Review


National Institute of Health Captioned Video

blog page with captioned video
Summary: The National Institute of Health offers a broad range of communications to the medical community and public using captioned videos.
Detail: As part of President Obama's use of social networking sites, the White House Blog offers a "one stop" communications portal. Timely information and videos are posted for viewers. AST captioned this video for the National Institute of Health, which was recently posted on the White House Blog.

External Link: Daily Post of White House Blog Video

Services: Transcription, Captions & Subtitles, Result Review


IRS YouTube Captioned Video

IRS video with captions
Summary: The IRS uses YouTube to communicate with taxpayers using videos with captions and sign language interpreters.
Detail: The Internal Revenue Service, a division of the Treasury Department, uses YouTube to communicate important information to taxpayers. The videos include audio, a sign language interpreter and captioning.

External Link: IRS Captioned Example

Services: Transcription, Captions & Subtitles, Result Review



Microsoft Use of Search

video material with search terms
Summary: Mircosoft Research uses captioned videos to enable viewers to find videos or parts of videos using a search engine and captions in Windows Media Player.
Detail: Microsoft Research has developed a videos library of important landmarks in technology. They use Automatic Sync to provide captions and transcripts for their videos. The transcripts are also made available to read without the videos. The captions enable viewers to search at the word level and to show the instances where the word occurs prior to publishing the media.


External Link: Microsoft Research Captioned Video and Search Functions

Services: Transcription, Captions & Subtitles, Result Review


Apple Captioned Video

Apple iPhone presentation with captions
Summary: Apple-captioned QuickTime video was used to communicate the new features of the iPhone 3G.
Detail: Apple uses QuickTime videos to communicate to developers and Apple customers. Apple is committed to supporting accessibility in its products and captions its videos. At key events like Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), videos are captioned to allow viewers to read the presentations.

External Link: Apple developer captioned videos

Services: Transcription, Captions & Subtitles, Result Review, Copy Edit


Business Network Captioned Show with transcript

BNET video with transcript option
Summary: BNET, a division of CBS Interactive, delivers business information videos and provides transcripts for the hearing impaired.
Detail: BNET, a division of CBS Interactive produces thousands of videos and chose to provide transcripts to enable deaf viewers to read the audio script.
Budget issues limit the number of videos that they are able to caption, so they chose to provide transcripts to follow the videos.  If they need to translate the information into a foreign language, the transcript can be used.

External Link: Business Net (BNET) Videos

Services: Transcription


Cisco Captioned Videos

Cisco training video with captions
Summary: Cisco uses captioned video for product introductions and training.
Detail: Cisco uses video extensively for training and corporate communications. This video is used for product training for the Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances and includes captions. Cisco captions videos for accessibility purposes.

External Link: Cisco Video With Captions

Services: Transcription, Captions & Subtitles, Result Review



KPBS San Diego Week TV Show

News Webcast with captions
Summary: KPBS broadcasts shows with captions that air over both TV and the Web.
Detail: KPBS utilizes AST's CaptionSync technology, which allows them to get the caption files for both TV and web media and launch both broadcasts simultaneously.

External Link: KPBS Show San Diego Week

Services: Transcription, Captions & Subtitles, Post Processing



Business Network Captioned Show with transcript

BNET video with transcript option
Summary: BNET, a division of CBS Interactive, delivers business information videos and provides transcripts for the hearing impaired.
Detail: BNET, a division of CBS Interactive produces thousands of videos and chose to provide transcripts to enable deaf viewers to read the audio script.
Budget issues limit the number of videos that they are able to caption, so they chose to provide transcripts to follow the videos.  If they need to translate the information into a foreign language, the transcript can be used.

External Link: Business Net (BNET) Videos

Services: Transcription


CNET Captioned Video

CNET online video with captions
Summary: CNET captions video for Search Engine Optimization.
Detail: CNET.com, a part of CBS Interactive, is the leading online provider of technology and consumer electronic information. Video is an important format for communicating visual information, with tens of thousands of videos being hosted to millions of viewers. To attract more viewers and improve the viewing experience, CNET uses Automatic Sync Technologies to caption their videos. In addition to using the time-coded captions for the video, transcript text is made searchable so search engines like Google can identify content within the video as part of their organic search process. According to Justin Eckhouse, Senior Product Manager, "Once we added the captions, we noticed a dramatic increase in referrals from search engines. The increase in traffic from search engine referrals helped us to justify the expense of captioning". Eckhouse says that CNET does want to support accessibility practices, even though they are not mandated to do so. "Captions benefit more than just the deaf community. Many people who watch video over the web are not in a place where they can easily hear the audio, so having captions displayed aids in their ability to watch and comprehend the content."

External Link: CNET Videos with Captions

Services: Transcription, Captions & Subtitles



  • We're incredibly pleased with the results; the captions are excellent, the turnaround time was amazing, and the cost efficiency is by far the best we've encountered from any captioning service.
     
    Jim D.
    Digital Media Production Coordinator
    Pennsylvania College of Technology
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