Creating Accessible Multimedia

 Audio and Video

  • Locate and test all video CC buttons as they may not be available or activated.
  • Be sure video files contain synchronized captions. Please note that automatic captioning in YouTube is not accurate.
  • Include text transcripts for all audio files including podcasts.
  • Amara provides self-captioning for YouTube and Vimeo files. Camtasia Studio, mentioned above, is another self-captioning option.

IDL6543 faculty video guidelines:

  • If you produce original video for your course or the CDL video team produces the video for you, and you provide us with a script/transcript, we will encode the closed captioning for you.
  • If part of your course involves using clips from Hollywood movies (and meets the Fair Use guidelines of copyright law) record the clip with captions on, and the video team will convert the video clip for you leaving the captions intact.

Adobe Connect

  • UCF has a license for this Web video conferencing software. Visit Adobe Connect at UCF for further information.
  • Captions or chat texting should be used if a participant is hearing impaired.
  • If the video component of Adobe Connect is used, a caption pod must be downloaded from Adobe and a captioner must be contracted. (If you have a student with a hearing disability enrolled in your course, please contact Student Accessibility Services for further assistance. This video also provides guidance.)


  • Select a screencasting tool that allows you to add ALT Text to images and captions/transcripts.
  • The following screencasting tools have built-in captioning ability:

Additional Considerations

  • If using other third party tools in your online course (e.g., wikis, blogs, Skype), make sure all elements are accessible. Refer to the items listed above.
  • Provide learners with accessible downloads for necessary plugins such as Adobe Flash or Adobe Reader.