Accessible Video at Mt. SAC
By law, videos require accurate captions. The Mt. SAC administrative procedure AP 5142: Students with Disabilities - Accessibility of Multimedia Instructional Material: Captioning translates the federal and state requirement for captions for all training and informational video and multimedia productions that contain speech or other audio information.
Mt. SAC offers a free video captioning service to all employees including professors, managers, and classified staff. . Videos shared with students, employees, and the public must be captioned to meet accessibility regulations. Mt. SAC also offers video and captioning tools to aid you in creating accessible videos. See these options below.
What videos can be captioned? This service can be used for videos that a Mt. SAC employee creates or for third-party videos that are used in instruction or for the purposes of the college, whether for internal use or for sharing with the public. Fill out the form below to request captioning.
Turnaround times: Most requests can be completed within7-10 business days from the request. Please leave as much time as you can to ensure you have your video ready when you need it. Long or complex jobs may require additional time.
What if I have quesitons? Mt. SAC Captioning is managed by Broadcast Services Department in the Technical Services unit. Captioning services are mostly outsourced to our vendor, 3Play Media. You can visit the 3Play Media to learn details about the services they offer. Our in-house team may expand upon 3Play Media's capabilities. Fill out the form to ask questions about what captioning services are offered.
CCC system "YouTube" storage and streaming for all employees.
3C Media is integrated into Canvas, allowing professors to embed and stream videos in Canvas. Videos can be added to 3C Media from within Canvas and caption requests to videos in a 3C Media library can be made in Canvas.
PlayPosit, an interactive video tool that is also integrated in Canvas, can pull in videos from 3C Media. Employees can also embed 3C Media-hosted videos to web pages, or share URL links.
3C Media is a versatile tool for video storage and sharing, but includes no video editing capabilities.
Turnaround times: for automated captions is 1 day. Captions edited by a human take approximately 5 business days from the request.
This service is paid by the Distance Education Captioning and Transcription (DECT) grant so long as funding remains. This is desirable for videos that meet the criteria to save Mt. SAC's funding for use in captioning all video types.
About Using 3C Media
More Video Tools at Mt. SAC
Studio and several additional video tools - Flip, GoReact, PlayPosit, Padlet, and Pronto - can be used to make videos into interactive elements within courses in Canvas. These tools allow captions to be uploaded or create automated captions for student-made videos. Find more information about using these tools in the Canvas Faculty Center Tools & Apps page.
More Captioning Resources
Automated captioning tools just keep getting better and better. Here are a few valuable captioning resources. Also see the Accessibility page on Canvas to learn more about the rules for accessible captioning and to find out more information about captioning and accessibility.
- Guide to captioning videos for enhanced accessibility
- Amara: free captioning tool to caption your own video content
- Use free YouTube.com Captioning tools to easily caption your own content
- Learn more from the captioning page in the CCC Accessibility Center.
- Principles for Accessible Captions Handout
The Mt. SAC Library feature several video databases that contain accessible, fully captioned videos. The two largest video databases in the Mt. SAC collection are Films on Demand and Kanopy. Because the content is already licensed through our library, you can use it for employee-related training or in classes. You can embed video directly within Canvas. Students can also find it in our digital library collections.
- Films on Demand is integrated into the Canvas LMS so you can easily add those videos to your courses without additional sign-in. You can find Films on Demand under the "plug" icon in the Rich Content Editor.
- Videos from other video databases in the library can be embedded directly into courses. If you need assistance with finding videos, contact your Mt. SAC librarians. The Faculty Center for Learning Technology (FCLT) can also show you how to search and add videos into Canvas courses.