FLASH Video Captioning
You can publish your video clips to the web as FLASH Video with closed captioning. FLASH Video has been widely popular ever since the advent of the YouTube video sharing website. The problem with YouTube however, is that the video segments don't include captions. Captions provide an aid to people with hearing disabilities. They are also particulary useful when the viewer is watching your video while situated in a noisy environment.
Samples of captioned FLASH video are available at the CSULB Chemistry TestTube site and at the CSULB Education Department video lessons site.
The CSU Long Beach FLASH Captioning tutorial provides a list of tools required to publish your own video to the web. All but one of the required software applications are available at no charge, either as an element included with your computer's operating system (e.g. Windows Movie Maker, NotePad, FTP application) or as a free download off the web (MAGpie2). However, the most essential application required for publishing FLASH video to the web is not free. That is the Adobe CS3 FLASH Professional, which includes the Adobe CS3 FLASH Video Encoder. The CS3 FLASH Professional must be purchased from the Adobe Corporation. Academic discounts are available for staff and faculty members, and students.
Besides a list of required tools, the FLASH Captioning tutorial provides detailed step by step instructions on how to start with a video file on your local computer and eventually publish it out to a common web server. The CSULB web server is available to all CSULB students, faculty members, and staff.
Feel free to contact Walter Gajewski with questions or suggestions by email to gajewski at csulb dot edu or by phone at (562) 985-2266.
- The CSULB Tech Tips podcast (episodes 5, 13 and 14) has instrutions on publishing your podcast using the campus web server.
- You can download the free Audacity audio recording and procesing software to get started. Make sure you also download the LAME MP3 encoder from the same website.
- Documentation, including a downloadable user manual, is available to help you learn Audacity.
- After creating your audio file, use a text editor to create the necessary XML file. Start with the text displayed on our website.
- A good starting point for information about podcasting is the Apple website: FAQ's: For Podcast Fans.
- Apple also has complete instructions on how to make your own podcast.
- Apple provides instructions on how to get your podcast listed in the iTunes store.
Making Podcasting Accessible (ADA compliant)
There are ways of making podcasts more accessible. Accessability in this context refers to designing your podcast in such a way as to make it easier for people with disablilities to aquire the information you publish. Taking steps to make podcasts more accessible is good design practice and also helps comply with the Federal ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidlines. Here are some suggestions:
- For every episode of an audio or video podcast, provide a written transcript as a tagged PDF file. To see a particularly good example of this technique, go to the iTunes store (launch iTunes and click on iTunes Store) and search for MAKE Magazine: MAKE Podcast.
- Duplicate your podcast as a web page with links to the audio (or video) files and links to the PDF files. The CSULB TechTips podcast follows this practice.
- Duplicate your video podcast as a web page with FLASH (YouTube style) video that includes synchronized closed captioning. This is practiced by video podcast Chemistry Lab Procedures.
- Include captioning as part of the video you publish in your video podcasts (vodcasts). Instructions on how to accomplish this with Quicktime Pro are provided by podcasting guru Donna Eyestone as episode 43 of her podcast "Educational Podcasts." To view this informatinve episode, launch iTunes, click on the iTunes Store and enter Donna Eyestone in the search field.
Additional Podcasting Tools
- PowerPoint presentations on a Mac computer can be converted into enhanced podcasts using ProfCast
- Enhanced podcasts can be created "from scratch" using the Garage Band software bundled as part of iLife on every new Apple computer.
- On a PC, enhanced podcasts can be created using LecShare.
Articles on Podcasting
Podcasts of Note
Launch iTunes and go to the iTunes Store:
- In the search field, at the iTunes Store, enter "Donna Eyestone." This will take you to Donna's excellent podcast, Educational Podcasts. Yes, a podcast on podcasting.
- Do another search on "Grammar Girl" to hear one of the most popular and entertaining educational podcasts available.
- Check out Grammar Girl's episode on how to properly cite podcasts in a research paper.
- A search on "CSULB" will bring up several podcasts that originate at the California State University, Long Beach.
To schedule a consultation or for more information, please contact:
Walter Gajewski, Instructional Multimedia Coordinator, gajewski*csulb.edu, 562.985.2266, LA 1, Room 107.