Audio & Video Best Practices
Our goal is to provide all users of our media with the best experience we can. With that in mind, we’ve established some best practices for audio and video use on Brandeis websites.
Audio should be clear and easy to understand with limited background noise. High-quality audio will also make the process of captioning and/or transcribing easier.
On-screen text within a video should be easy to read against its background, using strong, contrasting color combinations.
Captions and Transcripts
Be sure to include time for captions and transcripts in your audio or video production workflow.
Videos: Captions are required; in addition, descriptive transcripts are recommended.
Audio: Descriptive transcripts are required.
What's the difference?
- appear on the video screen and change dynamically as the video plays
- can be open or closed
- includes description of important sounds
- primary audience is hard of hearing, deaf/Deaf viewers
- is a written version of the entire video – like a screenplay
- includes description of important sounds and visual elements
- primary audiences include visually impaired users, viewers with learning/cognitive disabilities