California community colleges have a legal
responsibility to provide equal access to video resources
for students, faculty and staff who are deaf or hard of
hearing. This is often most easily accomplished through
open and closed captioning of video materials. If you are
unfamiliar with the captioning process, you might wish to
begin by exploring the definition
of some common terms. This list of terms is provided
by the National Captioning Institute.
At Cerritos College captioning is
an institutional effort. The project
encompasses all video used for instructional purposes
anywhere on the campus. Cerritos College is
responsible for reviewing and cataloging all video
materials and ensuring they meet accessibility requirements.
This is a continuing process. All legacy items needed for historical or future use will be dealt with.
The goal is the entire collection will be brought
into compliance. There is a lot of legacy
video to be modified and new video being acquired and created every day. This is why no
instructional video should be purchased without it being
There is a stringent procedure that must be
followed to legally add captions to video products.
If a video is not captioned:
First we must see if there is a newer
version with captions, as it is less expensive to replace
than to caption.
Second, if not available, then we must
request a signed authorization from the publisher to
modify the product with captions. If we cannot get
such a release and the video may not be captioned,
then the video can not be used for instructional use.
Third, upon receipt of the approval then
the process of copying the script to a text file and that
file being applied to the video begins. Using current
technology, it will take approximately ten man-hours
to complete a two hour video. As contract
captionists charge $6 a video minute($720 for 120 min),
when possible we prefer to do it in house for about $250.
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