How do you ensure your video is inclusive?
Step 1 – SCRIPT
Write a script for your video presentation and consider accessibility from the start. Keep your script short and to the point. Introduce yourself as the speaker by stating your name and title. Script all spoken content in advance. Identify any important visual content whilst writing your script.
Step 2 – RECORD
Record your video following the supplied guidelines. If you are using your own device to record your video, such as a smart phone or tablet, make sure you record in landscape format and use the camera on the back of the device for a better resolution. Face towards the main light source and try to have a solid colour background if on-screen graphics are to be added. A white or very dark colour background is advisable to enable text or graphics with clear contrast.Audio quality is very important so make sure the microphone is close to your mouth and make sure you are in a quiet location.
Step 3 – EDIT
Edit your video so that it is short and to the point. Add any accessible graphics needed, making sure you keep the captions area at the top and bottom of the frame clear. For further information on accessible graphics please visit https://www.colorado.edu/accessible-technology/creating-accessible-videos.
Step 4 – CAPTIONS
Generate captions for your final video edit. Make sure you review them carefully, make any corrections needed and publish. Test that your captions work correctly in the platform that your video is presented.
Step 5 – TRANSCRIPT
A transcript is more than just the script of what is spoken in the video. It should also contain descriptions of the action or information on-screen. It must be provided in text, HTML or Word and must be immediately after the video or linked alongside the video.
Step 6 – AUDIO DESCRIPTION
If needed, add an audio description. This is a spoken audio track played along with the video and it lets blind and vision-impaired users know what’s happening on the screen. It is important that this includes all visual information. These can be a bit tricky, and ideally should be taken into consideration during the production of the video.