ADA Content: Video & Audio


Best Practice Solution for: Audio & Video Files

Accessibility Standard: Provide Alternatives for Audio and Video Files


  • Users who have hearing loss or have computers with no audio capability cannot benefit from audio files
  • Users who cannot see, have low vision, or have computers unable to show video cannot benefit from video files
  • Deaf users or users that own computers with no sound capability cannot benefit from audio coming from video files


For audio provide:

  • descriptive text for the audio links
  • text transcription of an audio file

For video provide:

  • audio descriptions
  • transcripts
  • captioning

Image of what video captioning looks like:


Hear an example of an audio description for a beginning of a movie

Your course Video Lectures

If you placed a video lecture online, and don't want to use a video captioning application, provide a written version of the lecture as an alternative to the video.

If you used a PowerPoint presentation in your video lecture, use the NOTES area on each slide to type in your transcriptions. Place a link for your transcription document and/or PowerPoint alongside the video presentation link.


Video captioning applications can be found on the Internet. MAGpie is one of the better known captioning applications.

  • (Web Accessibility in Mind - Web Accessibility Services)
  • MAGpie (Free Captioning tool for Web. Available for both Mac and PC)

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