Making video accessible

These are some general guidelines that can be used for creating and using video. It makes video more accessible for all students.

  • Video often contains both visual and audio information for this reason you will need to consider both of these elements when making your learning resource accessible.
  • Audio information will need to be conveyed via captioning, subtitles or video of a BSL (British Sign Language) signer.
  • Plan what you want to record - this helps to ensure that the message you want to get across is conveyed clearly. You might also consider writing a script as this can help to structure the content of the video and be adapted to form a transcript of the audio.
  • Make sure that the camera is positioned to capture all of the content you need and focuses clearly on the subject, otherwise it can be difficult for students to view.
  • Check the recording levels before you start recording - this helps to make sure you do not waste your time having to re-record the piece because the microphone is too low.
  • Ensure that you are recording in a quiet space where you will not get interrupted - this helps to alleviate background noise, which can make recordings harder to hear.
  • Pace yourself when talking. This can help you to articulate words making it easier for students to hear and understand what is being said.
  • Review the recording to check that you can clearly hear and see everything the student needs.
  • Provide a transcript or closed captions of the audio track -
    • Advice on how to add captions to videos uploaded to the University's YouTube channel (or then embedded into Course Resources) is available.
    • If you are sharing the video in another way, how you add captions depends upon the software you are using to edit and share the video. The Media Team can offer advice on how this might be done.
    • Alternatively you could type a transcript based on the script or plan you created at the beginning of the process.
  • Provide audio descriptions - you may want to consider whether audio descriptions are necessary for the video. It is only needed if the action in the video is not discussed within the audio track. If you feel this is needed, then please talk to the Media Team who can discuss options with you. For more information on audio description take a look at guidelines provided by Ofcom

Accessibility Checklist

This list has been designed to assist you during the creation of a learning resource. You will need to use your own judgement about what is or isn’t appropriate, as this will change depending on your particular context.

  • Plan made for structure of recording (this may include script).
  • Camera is well positioned and focused.
  • Recording levels checked before recording started.
  • Recording is made in a quiet space with little or o background noise.
  • Wrods are paced and not rushed.
  • Recording has been reviewed.
  • Transcript or closed captions of audio track provided.
  • Audio descriptions provided if visual elements not replicated in voiceover.



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