FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please see below for common FAQs.
If you have a specific question not addressed here, request a consult or reach out to us directly.

General FAQs

What is the cost for services?

Funds have been provisioned to cover the cost of some captioning and transcription of pre-recorded video or audio. Content that aids in learning and is related to option I & II courses is covered by these funds.

Fees will be assessed for video or audio that doesn’t meet the above criteria. Below are some examples.

Funds provided to cover cost Fees charged to requesting party
Recorded lectures for an undergraduate chemistry course Promotional videos for school or university business unit
YouTube videos shown in class for option I & II courses Self-supported option III masters courses.
Videos posted to Canvas used in option I & II courses Videos displayed on school or departmental websites
A student project video for an option I or II class Science Study Break recordings hosted by UT Libraries
Any content related to an accommodation request through SSD Video recording of an interview with a faculty member

If you are unsure which category your content falls under, please request a consultation here. Invoices are paid via IDT.

Do you recommend any 3rd party service vendors?

Yes. We have a standing relationship with the following vendors:

How do I contact Captioning & Transcription Services?

You can contact Captioning & Transcription directly through this phone number and email:

Contact:
Daniel Jacobs, Service Coordinator
lib-captions@utlists.utexas.edu
(512) 495-4416

Office:
PCL 1.128
Mail code: S5476

What is your standard turnaround time?

One week from receiving the request and file/s.

If the request is urgent, please contact us directly to arrange for expedited turnaround.

Who designed the icons on your home page?

"Multimedia"

Designed by Filipos Trainers, from thenounproject.com.

This is the icon we used in alignment.

"Communication"

Designed by Creative Stall, from thenounproject.com

This is the icon we used in consultation.

"Documents"

Designed by Takao Umehara, from thenounproject.com.

This is the icon we used in transcripts.

Captioning FAQs

How do I request captions?

Please use the service request form.

What kind of caption format do I need?

Depends! Many video players and platforms will accept more than one type.

Check out this glossary for more info.

Also, feel free to reach out to us for feedback on your particular situation.

How do you distinguish between different speakers?

Unless specified, we use >> to indicate a different speaker. If you need speaker name designation, please indicate that on the request form under the “request notes” section. This may increase turnaround time.

Are there any recommended 3rd party vendors?

Yes. We have a standing relationship with the following vendors:

How do you handle mathematical notation?

Our goal is make the text as readable as possible. Sometimes it makes sense to spell out numbers. We usually spell out numbers from zero to ten. However, we try to group signs and numerals together. Examples:

  • 2x + 15y = z
  • 2 x 3 = 6
  • R equals delta T
  • 15^6 (15 to the 6th power)

If you have preferences for how to notate math or other complex text, please let us know and we’ll try to accommodate your requests.

What is the review and quality control process?

Each caption or transcript we create in house gets a full, human, review. We also run an assisted spell check. If you find errors, we will promptly correct

What is the difference between open and closed captions?

Open captions are burned into the video. They cannot be turned off. Closed captions are embedded in the video and can be turned on or off.

How do I implement captions in Mediasite?

Right now, your Mediasite administrator must manually add the captions we provide, to the video within Mediasite. We can help facilitate this process.

How do I implement captions in Echo360?

Right now, your Echo360 administrator must manually add the captions we provide, to the video within Echo. We can help facilitate this process.

How do I implement captions in Canvas?

Canvas allows you to upload an SRT or VTT caption file (which we provide) to your video. Please see this guide for more information.

Which video players support captions?

Not an exhaustive list but here some common web video players that support captions:

  • HTML5 video
  • JW Player
  • VideoJS
  • YouTube
  • Vimeo
  • iTunes
  • VLC

Transcription FAQs

How do I request transcription?

Please use the service request form.

Are timestamps included in the transcript?

Not unless requested. When requesting, please indicate your preferred frequency in the notes section of the form. For example, "timestamp every 5 minutes", "timestamp every 10 minutes", etc.

What’s the difference between a transcript and captions?

Transcripts are usually plain text and not timed to the media.

This is informational only. We don’t necessarily support all of these types of files. Some have inherent benefits that might be suitable for specific applications. If you’d like more information or want to discussion your particular needs, please reach out to us via the consultation form.

Caption File Format Glossary

  • CAP – This is a common subtitle/caption file format for broadcast media. It was developed by Cheetah International.
  • DFXP – This is a common format used for captioning Flash video. It’s a timed-text format that was developed by W3C and stands for “Distribution Format Exchange Profile”.
  • EBU.STL – This is a common subtitle/caption file format for PAL broadcast media. It was developed by the European Broadcast Union.
  • QT – Caption format used for QuickTime video or audio. It was developed by Apple.
  • SAMI (SMI) – Used for Windows Media video or audio. It was developed by Microsoft and stands for “Synchronized Accessible Media Interchange.”
  • SBV – This is a YouTube caption file format that stands for “SubViewer.” It’s what you get when you download captions from YouTube. It’s a text format that is very similar to SRT.
  • SCC – Popular standard used for Line 21 broadcast closed captions, web media, DVD, as well as iTunes, iPods, iPads, and iPhones. It was originally developed by Sonic and stands for “Scenarist Closed Caption.” This file format can be useful for implementing additional formatting such as caption placement (vertical alignment, left, right, center) italics, bold, color and special characters. We don’t support complex formatting but can re-align captions to avoid overlapping on screen information.
  • SRT – This is the most common subtitle/caption file format. It is a text format that originated in the SubRip and stands for “SubRip Subtitle” file.
  • STL – Used for DVD Studio Pro. It was developed by Spruce Technologies and known as “Spruce Subtitle File.”
  • WebVTT – Common caption format for HTML5 media players. Seems to work with well with Amazon Cloudfront.

YouTube explains caption formats for their platform. SCC is preferred but they support many other formats.