Videos should be produced and delivered in ways that ensure all participants can access the content. An accessible video includes captions, a transcript, and an audio description delivered in an accessible media player. With more and more digital video content available, video accessibility is becoming more of a priority. People want to ensure everyone – regardless of ability or background – can understand their videos.
CorpU addresses video accessibility head-on with closed captioning and variable playback speed capabilities. Closed captioning, the visual audio display component of a video, allows people to read spoken dialogue, as well as non-speech information like music or sound effects. Variable playback speed, the slowing down or speeding up of the playback rate of a video, allows people to watch videos at their own pace and catch the finer details of the video.
Why is closed captioning important on CorpU?
- It accommodates people with disabilities. Without closed captioning, people with disabilities, such as hearing loss, may not be able to fully appreciate your video, which means closed captioning can increase your participant engagement and expand your video’s reach and impact.
- You’ll reach a wider audience. For example, if English isn’t someone’s first language, seeing written text with the spoken language can be very helpful to the viewer. Moreover, it’s possible participants are viewing your video in an environment where sound isn’t allowed, so closed captioning is key to ensuring you video will be understood. This will help boost participant engagement and encourage participants to continue engaging with your content.
- Following accessibility standards. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 are the most prominent accessibility standards, helping websites and businesses stay accessible and in compliance with laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act, stating that any audio content, including videos, movies and podcasts, must contain captions.
How do I use CorpU’s closed captions?
If you have a captions file (.srt or WebVTT file) already created, you can easily upload this to your video by following these steps:
- Sign in to CorpU
- Navigate to Admin Tools
- Select “Videos” from the left navigation menu
- Click the “Details” button of a video you wish you add captions
- Click the “Captions” menu option
- Click the “+ add new” button
- Select the appropriate caption language
- Click the “Select File” button to upload your captions file
- Click the “Save” button
Participants will now have the option to watch the video with closed captions in the languages you provide.
How do I use CorpU’s variable playback speed options?
The CorpU’s video player lets you change the playback speed of a video while watching it, so that you can easily watch a video at your own pace. This option is available by default for all videos uploaded to CorpU.
You can increase the speed up to 2x or slow the video down to 0.5x. To return to normal speed select 1x.
To change the speed of your video during playback:
- Select the ‘gear’ icon from the CorpU video player toolbar
- Click the ‘speed’ icon
- Select the speed at which you wish to view the video
Under the speed menu, you can select different values for playback speed:
- 0.5x - 0.5 times slower than normal speed
- 0.75x - 0.75 times slower than normal speed
- 1x - Normal, default speed
- 1.25x - 1.25 times faster than normal speed
- 1.5x - 1.5 times faster than normal speed
- 2x - 2 times faster than normal speed
Note: Both video and audio will be adjusted for all speed preferences.
Speed can be adjusted at any time before and during playback. You can modify the playback speed by clicking the gear icon in the player.
Need further guidance or have questions?
CorpU’s learning center provides additional articles and FAQs that you can use for help.
If you have questions about digital accessibility and how to incorporate captioning into your videos, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.