CMS Guide

Multimedia (Audio and 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. For guidance on creating a transcript, visit the CMS Guide page on creating a transcript or contact


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

The fungus on campus

This video has closed captions (they can be turned on and off) as well as a link to a descriptive transcript.

Video Transcript