Why focus on video accessibility?

Imagine watching a movie without the audio, or listening to dialogue without watching the action on the screen; it would be difficult to understand the full context of the movie.

If your page includes video content, it’s essential to provide captions, transcripts, and/or audio descriptions to ensure all users are able to understand your video’s message.

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Accessibility Checklist

Your goals for creating accessibile videos within the media player component:

  • Add synchronized captions for videos with spoken word
    • YouTube videos can be captioned manually within the video or using their automatic captioning service.
    • For videos hosted on NYU Stream, order captions for free or upload a prepared file.
    • Don’t forget to check and edit all captions for accuracy.
  • Provide audio descriptions to describe visual content not conveyed in the audio track
    • Audio description and captioning are not always used together. If there is visual content that is not adequately described by the audio, then you should add an audio description.
  • Provide a text transcript that includes all relevant visual and auditory clues when possible
    • Transcripts allow anyone that cannot access content conveyed in audio or video to read a text-only version instead.