• Captioning Services

This article is extracted from
a University of Utah Canvas course
published by the Center for Disability & Access.


Closed Captioning (CC)

Closed captioning is a the process of displaying text on a visual display (TV, monitor, etc.) to provide additional or interpretive information. Typically the text is a transcription of the audio portion of a program as it occurs, sometimes including descriptions of non-speech elements.

The term "closed" (versus "open") indicates that the captions are not visible until activated by the viewer using a menu or remote. Captions are stored in a special captions file which also includes a time-code for syncing the captions with the video.

Many video players will play a captions file with your video.


Open Captions

If a video has open captions, the captions are permanently displayed on the video and cannot be turned off.


More Details

For more detailed information on Captions, Transcripts, and Audio Descriptions, visit the WebAIM website (Web Accessibility in Mind).


Request Captioning

(1) Captioning services related to University of Utah classes for the benefit of students are provided by the University's Center for Disability & Access (CD&A). Captioning videos for departmental promotion, research, or general information are available for a fee.

Send requests for captioning services to:
Chris Green
Assistive Technology Manager
(801) 587-8316

(2) If a captioning request accompanies a video production project undertaken by Teaching & Learning Technologies, you can select a "Closed Captioned" option in TLT's Video Services Request Form (under the section "Finished File Delivery").

Go to Video Services Request Form (includes captioning)