Multimedia (Audio & Video)

When including multimedia (audio or video) on your website, it is important to consider accessibility, as well as the time and costs associated with producing captions and/or transcripts.

When are captions or transcripts required?


Descriptive transcripts are required for audio-only content (podcasts, music, sound/spoken words) on the Brandeis website. Contact for guidance on creating a transcript.


Captions are required for videos on the Brandeis website. In addition, descriptive transcripts are recommended. To add captions, we recommend you order closed captions through our preferred vendor, You may also edit autocaptions in YouTube; however, autocaptions are not very accurate and must be thoroughly edited.

What are video captions?
  • Captions are text versions of audio content in a video.
  • Captions appear in the video player and change dynamically as the video plays.
  • Captions ensure that videos are accessible to people who are hard of hearing or deaf.
What is a transcript?
  • A transcript is a text version of the entire video or audio-only content like a podcast.

  • It includes all spoken audio and, for video, description of key visual information, including any on-screen text.

  • Transcripts ensure that audio-only content is accessible to people who are hard of hearing or deaf. Descriptive transcripts ensure that key visual information is accessible to people who have a visual impairment or who are blind.