While the captioning feature on platforms like YouTube and other social media sites have improved in recent years, they are NOT accurate enough to meet the needs of most people. These computer-generated captions are better than no captions at all, however, they are only around a 60-80% accurate. Additionally, they tend to struggle the most with scientific, medical, or other technical jargon. (ie., "Ehler's Danlos Syndrome" being captioned as "Help her down low symptom"). Obviously, this would not be considered an equal educational experience. If you need to use these videos, please contact the SAEO office to discuss options for manually captioning or outsourcing for professional support. Please provide advance notice (minimum of 2 weeks) if you will need our help with this.
Many of these are captioned already. In the start-up menu, you can go to a set-up/settings/menu/etc., page, and turn closed captions on. If not, they can be outsourced for captioning through SAEO. Please provide advance notice (minimum of 2 weeks) if you will need our help with this.
VCU has a contract in place with a fantastic video management platform called Kaltura. Whether you choose to create your videos in Kaltura or on a different platform, we highly recommend uploading and hosting them in Kaltura. In addition to having incredibly robust accessibility and captioning features, Kaltura connects directly with Blackboard and Canvas to make sharing recorded videos as part of your course a simple process. Below is a step-by-step guide for different approaches to captioning your videos.
In Kaltura, there are two captioning options:
As of the summer 2020 semester, all videos recorded in or uploaded to VCU's Kaltura account will automatically be captioned. It is strongly recommended that you review and edit the automated speech recognition captioning before publishing content. Directions for editing the captions are below.