Captioning provides access to videos by displaying auditory information in printed form on the screen, which gives students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing equal access to your class.
Sign language interpreters or C-Print captionists are not suitable substitutes for captioned media. An individual cannot adequately attend to both the video and interpreter/captionist simultaneously.
Obtaining Streaming Captioned Media
Video programming produced for broadcast must by law contain closed captions when reposted online whether full-length or clips. If using an online video that recently aired for broadcast, please check for availability of closed captions.
YouTube’s “English (auto-generated)” Captions are not sufficient for providing equal access. Look instead for “English” in the top left corner. This would be captions uploaded by the user instead generated by voice recognition software.
Choosing or Ordering DVDs
Most video programming produced for broadcast must by law contain closed captions. If using a video, whether copied or online, that was originally produced for broadcast, please check for availability of the original video with closed captions. Often, the hardcopy of the video may be available for checkout at the UGA Library: https://gil.uga.edu/.
Checking for Closed Captions
It is a good idea to check your media on the device that will be used for classroom playback.
Playing a DVD on Computer: Not all media players support closed captions. Windows Media Player and Quicktime will display captions but the settings will need to be changed to allow for caption playback. If captions do not appear even after the setting has been turned on, there is not a closed caption track available for the DVD.
Video Playback with Closed Captions in Class: Not all Blu-ray Players support closed captions. If the classroom you are using has a Blu-ray player, use the computer’s disc drive instead. To view closed captions on VHS, there must be a closed caption decoder installed in the projector. Contact CTL (542-1582) to acquire the VHS player and caption decoder.