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Google and Adobe Share Their Video Accessibility Strategies

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As online video becomes the primary medium for disseminating information across the Internet, publishers face legal and ethical pressures to make video accessible for people with hearing impairments …

As online video becomes the primary medium for disseminating information across the Internet, publishers face legal and ethical pressures to make video accessible for people with hearing impairments and other disabilities.

In this webinar, Google and Adobe will discuss how their video platforms are changing the landscape of accessibility through better tools, technologies, best practices, and education. They will also discuss their internal accessibility strategies and how they are impacted by accessibility laws, HTML5, and the proliferation of mobile devices. This webinar will cover the following topics:

- Latest technologies and tools available to web publishers and accessibility advocates
- Recent and upcoming legislative changes impacting access to video
- Impact of HTML5 and mobile devices on video accessibility
- Google and Adobe’s internal video accessibility strategies

Presenters:

Naomi Black
Accessibility Engineering Program Manager | Google

Andrew Kirkpatrick
Group Product Manager of Accessibility | Adobe Systems

Josh Miller
Co-Founder | 3Play Media


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  • 1. Google and Adobe Share Their Video Accessibility Strategies Naomi Black Accessibility Engineering Program Manager Google @GoogleAccess March 15, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET Andrew Kirkpatrick Group Product Manager Accessibility Adobe Systems @AdobeAccess Josh Miller Co-Founder 3Play Media @3playmedia Follow on Twitter: #videoa11y
  • 2. Overview ● ● ● ● ● ● Introduction Why Caption? CVAA Recap Adobe: Andrew Kirkpatrick Google: Naomi Black Q&A
  • 3. Why Caption? ● 48 million deaf and hard of hearing people ○ 15% of your visitors/users! ● Captions allow users / companies to search videos ● People who speak English as a second language ● Noisy places / places where volume is muted ● Legislation - CVAA, Section 508
  • 4. CVAA Compliance dates ● Prerecorded and unedited content – 6 months ○ 6 month deadline likely to impact fall programming ● ● Edited content – 12 months Live content – 18 months ○ Specific dates not yet set ○ Rules have not been officially published in the Federal Register. ● Archival content – 24 months ○ Content already online, without captions
  • 5. Control for Users ● Platform vs. Application managed ● Users provided with ability to control: ○ Character color, opacity, size, edge attributes ○ Fonts ○ Caption background color and opacity ○ Caption window color ○ Language
  • 6. Adobe Premiere Pro ● ● Adobe Premiere Pro 5.5 offers video editors the ability to import closed captioning data and review results for accurate integration into video. Premiere Pro supports speech analysis and script alignment to help video production teams more easily support closed captioning in their workflows. ○ ● Import CEA-608 and CEA-708 caption data Premiere Pro supports caption data export for traditional or HD video, via 3rd party plugins.
  • 7. Adobe Flash Professional ● ● ● Adobe Flash Professional CS 5.5 supports closed captioning using an open standard. ○ W3C TTML 1.0 caption format. Adobe Flash provides the ability for authors to provide video overlays, for example to allow for the addition of a sign language version for video Adobe Flash has provided captioning support for TTML since April 2007.
  • 8. Adobe Captivate ● ● Adobe Captivate supports closed captioning for eLearning presentations and demonstrations. Authors utilize the built-in closed captioning tool in Adobe Captivate to author captions.
  • 9. Open Source Media Framework ● ● ● OSMF supports captioning via TTML presently and a plugin for SMPTE-TT is available but also under further development. OSMF supports audio description via “late binding audio”: http: //tinyurl.com/latebinding Demo (after YouTube demo)
  • 10. Google - Goals for Captioning ● Every video has closed captions ○ Make captioning easy to do ○ Re-use existing caption files ○ Captioning benefits (beyond accessibility!) ● Captions meet consumer needs ○ Distinction between TV and Web is blurred ○ Captions should just work everywhere ○ Consumers should be able to control display ● Caption our own videos
  • 11. Google - YouTube Scale ● 4 billion+ views a day ● 60 hrs of video uploaded every minute ● We support 155 languages and dialects ● > 1.6 million videos have closed captions ● 135 million videos have automatic captions
  • 12. Google - Tools for Caption Creation ● Speech Recognition in 3 languages ○ Automatic captions (pure speech recognition) ○ Auto-timing (transcript synchronization) ● Support for many caption formats ○ SRT, SBV, CAP, SCC, EBU-STL, more... ● Support for MPEG-2 Import of CEA-608 ● Bulk Caption Uploader Tool ○ http://apiblog.youtube.com/2011/01/youtube-captions-uploader-web-app.html
  • 13. Demo - YouTube Captions on YouTube ● Finding captioned videos ○ Start playing at... adds value. ○ Captions make videos easier to find ● Captions on Movies and Shows ● CEA-608 Demo ○ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlUG8F9uVgM ○ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEKLqMS_HuA
  • 14. Demo - OSMF
  • 15. Q&A ● Contacting Naomi Black: ○ email captioning@google.com ○ http://gplus.to/naomib ○ @googleaccess ● Contacting Andrew Kirkpatrick ○ akirkpat@adobe.com ○ @awkawk ○ @adobeaccess ● Contacting Josh Miller/3Play Media ○ josh@3playmedia.com