What are audio descriptions and should I be adding them?

Audio descriptions provide visually impaired viewers with visual context of what is being presented in a video.  These descriptions will be read out loud during the video’s playback.  Writing good audio descriptions is an art, so learning more about audio description is a valuable starting point.  See Turning Sights into Sounds: The Art of Audio Descriptions and Description of Visual Information.  There are also vendors who provide audio descriptions, but they are quite expensive and often do not have enough knowledge of the subject matter to create meaningful descriptions.  See How to Add Audio Descriptions in Panopto.

How do I caption my videos?

All videos uploaded to Panopto, transferred from Ensemble or created using the Panopto recorder are automatically captioned in Panopto using computer generated captions.  The accuracy of computer generated captions can vary considerably depending on several factors including the quality of the microphone, background noise, the accent of the speaker, etc.  Captions should be reviewed for accuracy and edited as needed.  See How to Edit or Delete Captions.

Highly accurate captioning is also available from third party vendors.  Contact ITSHelp@colgate.edu for more information about how to request paid captions from a caption service.