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Transcripts provide a text alternative to audio that provides viewers with additional ways to access content, improves overall comprehension, and supports audience variability. Transcripts are required for audio-only content like podcasts. Previously, transcripts had to be downloaded and made available to viewers as separate documents. While that is still an acceptable solution, audio and videos files within Kaltura now have an interactive transcript widget that appears as soon as the machine-generated captions or professional captions finish processing. When using the Kaltura video player in Canvas or Ensemble, the link to the interactive transcript will appear beneath the video player. 

If the video player does not automatically show a link to the transcript, post the edited transcript in the same location as the video, for example, as a downloadable document on the webpage where the video is embedded.

Just like for captions on publicly shared videos, machine-generated transcripts should be edited for accuracy. Conveniently, when using the Kaltura editing tools, correcting the captions simultaneously edits the transcript file.

Legal Requirements and University Policy

Any recorded video content that is posted to a public place is required to provide an alternative access format. To be ‘Above Standard’ is to provide synchronized captions and an edited transcript. To be ‘At Standard’ is to provide either an edited transcript or synchronized captions. To be ‘Below Standard’ is to provide an unedited transcript or automatic speech recognition (ASR) machine-generated captions.

Requesting Transcripts

Email with questions about transcripts.