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Captioning and video updates

June 18th, 2008 by tamuwebmaster

I want to say thanks to Dave Birch over in CIS for his willingness to present how to add captioning to Flash video at the recent Web Accessibility Team meeting.

With the need to have a text equivalent for video, we’re faced with the decision to provide a text transcript and/or captioning. A lot of this hinges on what is being conveyed in the video and whether a transcript is a suitable alternative or addition.

For example, on President Murano’s speeches page, we have several videos posted. However, since the video is just her from chest up speaking, we’ve opted to provide a link to the full transcript of the video.In fact we link to it on the video screen itself as well as provide a list of transcripts below the video application.

However, as we update the “Welcome to Aggieland” videos, we realize that the video is part and parcel of the experience. That being the case, we will be using Flash video with the FLVPlaybackCaptioning capabilities, where we provide a time-coded XML file that uses the TTAF/DXFP specs.

Here are some related links that provide info and tutorials on captioning for video:

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