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Closed Captioning and Transcripts: Home

Introduction

Ensuring that accessibility features such as closed captioning and transcripts are available for users in the video titles we acquire individually/a-la-carte is part of the larger licensing and acquisitions process we undertake. Faculty wanting to request new video titles should contact their liaison librarian.

However, we also subscribe to several aggregated video collections such as... 

  • Aesthetic Videosource
  • Criterion on Demand
  • Curio.ca (from CBC)
  • Destination Development Resource Center
  • Films on Demand
  • Kanopy
  • NFB.ca (National Film Board of Canada)
  • Safari Books Online (from O’Reilly for Higher Education)
  • Safetyhub
  • University of Fashion

Content in those collections can often be older films, and/or from third-parties, that never had closed captioning or transcripts, or those vendors’ end-user platforms may not offer that functionality. 

We can request the vendors above add captioning and/or transcripts to films in their collections that don’t have them, but it may not be available in all cases. If it is not, we then ask the vendors if they can provide us with a copy of the film that we can then give to a third-party vendor, 3Play Media, who will generate captioning and/or transcription for us. Even then it may not be possible to reload said files back into their end-user platforms, so we would also have to ask about possible loading to, and use through, MS Stream. 

Students, or faculty on their behalf, who require closed captioning and/or a transcript for a film in one of our subscription video collections that does not have them, should contact librarytechhelp@senecacollege.ca with the title of the film. Please note, given what is indicated in the paragraph above, that there can be a considerable time delay in getting closed captioning and/or transcripts for specific films, so plan accordingly whenever possible.

Accessibility in Video Collections

Aesthetic Videosource - VideoShelf:

  • Closed-captioning and transcripts are not available at all.

Criterion on Demand:

  • This vendor makes separate English-subtitled versions available for some, but not all, of their films, even those originally produced in English. True closed-captioning that can be switched on or off in a given version is not often available.

Curio.ca:

  • Closed-captioning is available on very few of the clips, programs, and documentaries. Transcripts do not seem to be available at all.

Destination Development Association Resource Center:

  • Closed-captioning and transcripts are not available at all.

Films on Demand:

  • Closed-captioning is also available for most titles.
  • If a title has a "Transcript" tab, you may read along with the transcript while the film plays, but you may also click any point in the transcript text and you will be taken to that point in the film.
  • As this database does not offer simultaneous full-screen viewing with transcript reading, turning closed-captioning on can still allow for viewing and reading if you are in full-screen mode.
  • From their FAQs, 25 August 2020: "Films On Demand strives to maintain a 100% caption rate for all English speaking video within our product.  We do not caption foreign language content.  If you come across something that should be captioned, please don't hesitate to contact our support department and notify us."

Kanopy:

  • Closed-captioning and transcripts are available for less than half of the content, but this database offers users the ability to request that Kanopy pursue closed-captioning with film producers.

LinkedIn Learning:

  • Closed-captioning and read-along transcripts are available for most content.

McNabb Connolly Streaming Video Collection:

  • Closed-captioning is available for most content. There are no transcripts with their films.

NFB.ca (National Film Board of Canada):

  • Closed-captioning is available for a small amount of content only, as is described video for the visually impaired on some titles. There are no transcripts with their films.

Safari Books Online:

  • Closed-captioning is not available for most videos. It depends on each film's producer. Transcripts do not seem to be available at all.

Safetyhub:

  • Closed-captioning is available for most content. There are no transcripts with their films.

Seneca Libraries Streaming on MS Stream:

  • Closed-captioning and read-along transcripts are available for most content.

University of Fashion:

  • Closed-captioning and transcripts are available for most content.