Accessible Video Using Open Captioning
Graetz began implementing a process for creating accessible videos using open captioning after being approached by instructor Carrie Naughton, a teacher of online developmental math, who requested help in developing professional quality video for some of her classes.
Working with the Inver Hills Community College’s IT team, Graetz leveraged technologies from Kaltura, Automatic Sync Technologies, and D2L, to ensure videos were efficiently and accurately captioned in a short time frame. Naughton’s existing course videos used for online learning, located within the Brightspace platform, were first saved to the Kaltura MediaSpace video portal. As a Kaltura administrator, Graetz used the Kaltura Management Console and its integration with Automatic Sync’s CaptionSync service, to tag videos that needed captioning. Videos were automatically uploaded to CaptionSync, transcribed by professional transcribers, captioned, and returned back to the instructor through Kaltura for use in Brightspace.
“We processed 56 videos and the captioning was 100% perfect. And it was really smooth and painless,” says Graetz. “The Automatic Sync team was able to turnaround fully captioned, highly accurate videos in just three days. The process was quick, seamless and very, very efficient.”
Naughton was equally impressed. “Rebecca was very helpful in coordinating end-of-year funding that allowed me to get all of my Introductory and Intermediate Algebra videos captioned. The process on my end was very easy and quick, enabling my students to easily watch my videos through Brightspace, on Kaltura’s accessible video player.”