How to Create Accessible Videos on CorpU

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 display of the audio 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 the playback rate of a video, allows people to watch a video at their own pace and catch the finer details to get the most out of a 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. This means closed captioning can increase your participant engagement, expanding your video’s reach and impact.
  • You’ll reach a wider audience. If English isn’t someone’s first language, for example, seeing written text with the spoken language can be very helpful to understand it. Or, it’s possible your participants are viewing your video in an environment where sound isn’t allowed, closed captions let them still view the video. This helps to boost participant engagement and encourages 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’ve got a captions file (.srt or WebVTT file) already created, you can easily upload this to your video by following the steps below:

  1. Sign in to CorpU
  2. Navigate to Admin Tools
  3. Select “Videos” from the left navigation menu
  4. Click the “Details” button of a video you wish you add captions
  5. Click the “Captions” menu option
  6. Click the “+ add new” button
  7. Select the appropriate caption language
  8. Click the “Select File” button to upload your captions file
  9. 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 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.

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