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How to create ADA-compliant accessible videos

Creating an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant video involves making sure your video content is accessible to everyone — including individuals with disabilities. When used correctly, video is a highly-accessible medium for delivering information to a wide group of people. To ensure your video is ADA compliant, there are a few things you'll need to keep in mind.

Please consult ADA guidelines and WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) for comprehensive standards.

Key aspects for ADA compliant videos

Accessibility featureDescription
CaptionsProvide accurate, synchronized captions for spoken content.
TranscriptsOffer a full-text transcript that can be accessed separately.
Audio DescriptionInclude a narration that describes significant visual elements.
Color ContrastEnsure text and background have sufficient contrast for readability.
Keyboard AccessMake sure all video controls are navigable via keyboard.
Clear LanguageUse simple, clear language to make the content understandable.
Sign LanguageFor critical information, consider adding a sign language interpreter layer.
Player FeaturesUse a video player that supports accessibility features.

Accessibility features within Biteable

Many of these accessibility features are available, or can be created, in Biteable. Some features, such as transcripts, are not currently available in Biteable — other services, like Rev, can help to make your Biteable videos completely accessible.

Closed Captions

Closed Captions are available for users on a Premium plan. Closed Captions are auto-generated, and include a downloadable caption file for uploading to other platforms.

Learn more about adding Closed Captions

Voice-overs and text-to-speech

Upload a voice-over or generate one with text-to-speech. Create accessible versions of any video by adding audio description as your voice-over layer.

Learn more about adding voice-overs

On-screen text

All Biteable users have access to on-screen text as an accessibility tool. Consider color contrast, text size, and scene length when choosing your on-screen text. All Biteable scenes and templates are created with easy readability in mind.

Learn more about on-screen text

If you have any questions about creating accessible videos with Biteable, reach out to our friendly customer support team. We're here to help!

Updated on: 30/08/2023

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