Learning about Video and Captioning

I have to admit that working on creating videos and captioned videos has been a humbling experience. I really don’t understand video on the web, yet, and wonder how so many youTube videos actually get created! I can certainly see why they don’t get captions – the process is tedious and can be confusing!

I used Camtasia 6.0 to record a demonstration video using the Dojo Sample Mail application with the JAWS 10 screen reader. I then used the IBM DigiCape program to transcribe the audio for me. That is certainly a big help! It is much easier to edit the captions than to have to try to transcribe it all myself. And, the Freedom Scienfitic folks might get a chuckle that “screen reader” often got transcribed as “supreme leader”!

After editing the transcript from DigiCape I used that text file to add captions in Camtasia. In theory, I should be able to give the video to DigiCape and it would synchronize the captions into the video for me – I’m still working on that and learning the DigiCape tool. It was fairly easy to sync the captions in Camstudio, although if you look at the result, you’ll see that I have a bit more to learn about line lengths, sizing and such. But, I at least have a 10 minute, captioned demo of Dojo widgets being used with a screen reader. I also need to get a better microphone as the video quality is poor and the volume not very high – I hope it is still usable! And, since the player is not accessible, the video is set to play automatically. Next step – learning about accessible players NCAM/CC and JW Player!

More to come as I venture into the world of captioned video!

About Becka11y

Web Accessibility Consultant with 30+ years in the software industry and 12+ years of direct accessibility innovation.


  1. Thanks for sharing your experience with captioning videos. Now that YouTube provides CaptionTube for captioning, hopefully there will be more captioned videos on YouTube.

    At the college where I work, we use Captionate for captioning videos, and we use the JW FLV player for displaying the video. The file produced by Captionate is used to create an XHTML formatted file for the transcript.

    Becky, what are your recommendations for providing a transcript of the video? XHTML formatted web page, Word document, plain text document, or accessible PDF?

  2. I definitely appreciate how tedious captioning videos. This is an interesting process; I’ll check out IBM DigiCape. Reading text done via voice recognition is still amusing at times. 😉

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