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Video Captioning Resources

On this page, you will find resources to assist you in obtaining professional captions for your videos, and/or in captioning them on your own. 

Benefits of video captions

Professors, students and IT administrators share the benefits of using captions for videos used in postsecondary education in this video titled Captions: Improving Access to Postsecondary Education.

University Videos on YouTube

This new Digital Library portal contains the metadata of the YouTube Channels of the world's Top Universities.

Viewing University Videos within the Digital Library provides viewer-enhancements that will make these videos attract and keep more viewers.

User Benefits: there are four main user-enhancement features to watch for:

    1. Video transcript plays in sync with the playing video, enhancing the user experience
    2. Video Search - enhanced and advanced search capabilities, plus hit to hit navigation
    3. Video Clip and Share - instant and automatic sharing of important video clips
    4. Video Transcript Navigation, allowing viewers to jump to any spot in the video

Watch an explainer video

When are captions required?

Copyright considerations

Professional Captioning Resources

The table below lists organizations that provide CART and/or captions. CART transcriptions from events, if available, may be used to facilitate creating captions for recordings of those events. Additionally, some CART transcriptionists may be willing to create captions and send the finished caption file to you, for you to attach to a video you have uploaded to a streaming site.

Please note that the services and rates described below are current as of July 2015.

Organization/Company NameServices OfferedRatesContact InformationComments
3PlayMedia

Captioning & transcription

Translation & subtitling

Spanish captioning & transcription

Interactive transcripts

Various tools & plugins

$2.50/min with Pro Plan

4 business days turnaround

 Additional pricing information

t: 617-764-5189

f: 617-245-0510

Email 3PlayMedia

3PlayMedia website

Fully integrates with Ensemble to submit videos for captioning. See 3PlayMedia Ensemble Video Integration for more details.
Automatic Sync Technologies (CaptionSync)

Captions & subtitles

Transcription

Video encoding

Caption translations

Production transcripts

Interactive transcripts

DVD/MP4 transfer

Digital NLE captions

$2.59/min

3 business days turnaround

$3.25/min

1 business day turnaround

$2.49/min

4+ days turnaround

Additional pricing information

t: 877-278-7962

Email Automatic Sync

Automatic Sync website

Additional information on Answers 

Fully integrates with Ensemble to submit videos for captioning with just a few clicks. See How to Caption Video with Ensemble / Automatic Sync Integration

 

 

Caption Advantage, LLC

Real-time captioning

Post-production video captioning

Contact Caption Advantage for pricing information

t (local): 315-492-0069

f: 315-492-1426

Email Caption Advantage

Caption Advantage website

 
Ensemble/CaptionEx

Captioning

Transcription

Translation

 

Rates are for videos hosted in Ensemble

$1.50/min for transcription & captioning for 3 business days turnaround

$2.30/min for transcription & captioning for1 business day turnaround

t: 844-552-2739

CaptionEx website

Read more about pricing for videos hosted in Ensemble.
Rev

Transcription

Captions

Subtitles

Translation

$1.00/min

1 business day turnaround

t: 888-369-0701

Email Rev

Rev website

Rev.com has a loose integration with Ensemble. It is not necessary to upload an Ensemble video to Rev.com, but finished caption files must be downloaded from Rev.com and uploaded to Ensemble.  See Instructions for captioning Ensemble Videos with Rev.com.

Some errors were found in caption text. Best practice is to review the captions provided by Rev.com and make corrections as needed.

SpeakerText

Captions

Interactive transcripts

Premium (95% accuracy):

Same day (12 hrs or less): $2.00/min

Priority express (24 hrs or less): $1.00

Superior (99% accuracy):

Standard (2 business days): $1.50

t: 1-888-809-0229

SpeakerText website

 

Automated Transcription Services

***Please note: Automated captions use voice recognition technology to create a transcript of the video.  This technology is not perfect so the transcript will always have errors.  It is imperative that you review and correct errors.

VendorDescription of ServicesCost
Ensemble VideoAutomated captions that can be edited with the Amara caption editor which is built into Ensemble$3/hour of video
trintAutomated transcript that can be edited with the trint editor that "marries a text editor to an audio/video player. Click on a word and hear your original audio, making it easier than ever to quickly search, verify and (if necessary) correct your content."Starting at $15/hour with reduced pricing for monthly plans.
YouTubeAutomated captions that can be edited with the YouTube caption editor. (Note: YouTube's automated captions do not include punctuation or capitalization at the beginning of sentences. Captions must be edited to be usable.)Free

Audio Described Video Services

Audio description (sometimes referred to as Described Video) is provided by a trained describer that provides descriptions of the visual components of the video. Audio description makes video accessible to blind/visually-impaired persons who would otherwise miss out on information presented visually. This information is synchronized with the video, but provided in a separate sound track.

For a full description and example of audio description, see the Penn State whitepaper titled "An Introduction to Audio Description in Higher Education Video Content."

Vendors

Organization/Company NameServices OfferedRatesContact InformationComments
3PlayMedia

Transcription & captioning

Audio Description

up to $9.50/min.

5 day turnaround

Volume discounts available

3PlayMedia website

Several output formats available

Audio description plugin included for playing the audio descriptions with multiple video players

Captioning and Described Media Services

AMAC Accessibility Solutions

Transcription & captioning

Audio Description

CART

Captioning: $3.42/min.

Audio Description:

  • $4.80/min standard content
  • $7.10/min complex content

Email AMAC

AMAC Website

AMAC focuses on Higher Education market
AUDIOEYES LLC

Captioning

Video Description

 Audio Eyes website 

Lists of Vendors:

  • Provided by DCMP (Described and Captioned Media Program)

 

 

    

DIY Audio Description

Tools and Resources for Self-Captioning

The table below will provide you with tools and resources to caption videos yourself, should you choose to do so. Before you begin captioning, please take some time to review the Quality Captioning Guidelines below.

Tool NameFeaturesCostSupported Platform(s)For More Information

Camtasia Studio

Camtasia for Mac

Screen recording, video editing, special effects, basic captioning, and more.

Single-user Windows: $179 with educational discount

Single-user Mac: $75 with educational discount

Volume licenses also available.

Windows (Camtasia Studio)

Mac (Camtasia for Mac)

Please note that these two programs have some differing features!

Camtasia (on TechSmith website)
Express ScribeFacilitates transcription by allowing the user to control audio playback (plus video playback in the paid version) using customizable hotkeys. Also works with foot pedal controllers.

Free, Basic $40, Professional $50

Please note: If you want the Free version, do not click the "Download Now" button or the "Download Express Scribe Transcription Software for Windows/Mac" link on the Express Scribe home page as this will download a full trial version that will expire.

Instead, look for a section titled "Get Express Scribe Free" and the link "Download the free version of Express Scribe here".

Windows, Mac

Express Scribe website

 

Subtitle Edit

Full-featured, free tool for creating, editing, syncing, and translating captions and subtitles (and more). Learning curve can be steep. Good tool for converting caption files to different formats.

Note: Requires installation of VLC Media Player and LAV Filters (both free).

Free (open-source)

 

Windows only (may run in OS X, with glitches, using Wineskin)Subtitle Edit website 
Subtitle HorseOnline tool for captioning streaming videosFree to use online tool; paid license required to download and install(Online) All platforms that support Flash PlayerSubtitle Horse website 

Other DIY captioning tools and resources

Step-by-Step instructions for DIY captioning

Activating Captions in Windows Media Player and Quicktime

Quality Captioning Guidelines

Captioning someone else's YouTube videos

If you want a vendor to caption the videos:

If you want to create captions yourself, an alternative is to ask the video owner to allow you to post captions to their video.  There are instructions on how to do this in a YouTube video titled “Submitting Subtitles/CC for YouTube Videos”. YouTube also provides a text-based tutorial on how to submit captions.

Ensemble Video Captioning Services

Other Resources