[Athen] need to caption instructional video if followed by detailed text-based instructions

Sean Keegan skeegan at stanford.edu
Fri Apr 17 13:31:14 PDT 2015

Hi Sharon,

Short answer: Yes.

Longer answer: Captions provide a equivalent experience of the audio information using text. I would submit that a person watching the video who has to scroll back and forth between the instructions and the on-screen demonstration does not have an equivalent experience. Including the step-by-step tutorial is great, but it does not offer an equivalent experience.

If you already have the text information of the presentation (as from the step-by-step tutorial), it is simple to obtain an actual caption file. If the video is on YouTube, then you can upload a text transcript and the YouTube platform will create a synchronized caption file. Alternatively, I was informed of a company recently that will do the text synchronization for $0.75 per minute - SyncWords: https://www.syncwords.com/pricing (you can also get transcripts created as well).

Take care,

On Apr 17, 2015, at 1:16 PM, Sharon M Trerise <smtreris at syr.edu> wrote:

> We have a video which is demonstrates the steps to perform various tasks in a software package, say, Microsoft Word. Below the video, a text-based step-by-step tutorial with screen shots is provided. In this situation, does the video need to be captioned?


> Thanks.


> Sharon


> Sharon Trerise

> IT Analyst – Accessibility

> Syracuse University


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