Video Accessibility and Captioning
Creators and providers of video content should take measures to make all media accessible. Several services are available to help with this.
Human Captioning (with 3Play Media)
Human captioning is a for-fee service that provides higher quality captions for groups or departments with large or ongoing human captioning needs (rather than single users). Vendor integration with Cornell’s Video Hosting and Sharing / Video on Demand service is available with 3Play Media.
- List of all articles on 3Play Media human captioning
Captioning and Transcription (Zoom features)
Zoom provides live closed captioning and transcription features during web conferencing sessions. For details, visit:
- Provide Manual Closed Captions and Transcription in Zoom (for meeting hosts)
- Create Closed Captioning as a Participant in Zoom Meetings (for the closed captioning provider)
Video Hosting and Sharing Platform Features
The Video Sharing and Hosting / Video on Demand (VOD) service automatically adds no-cost machine-based ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) to all uploaded content. Content owners should be aware that machine-based captions usually fall short of the accuracy necessary for accessibility, so manual editing may be necessary. VOD also allows uploading of prepared captions and editing of existing captions.
For details, visit:
- Add Automatic Captions in Video on Demand
- Upload a Captions File in Video on Demand
- Edit Captions in Video Hosting and Sharing
All Third-Party Captioning and Transcription Service Vendors
The university has contracted with additional third-party vendors who can accommodate Cornell requirements for data privacy and security, insurance, indemnification, web accessibility, and European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance.
Hiring vendors who are on this list does not require a IT Statement of Need or an IT professional services agreement.