Process for producing accessible videos

An efficient and cost-effective way of creating videos so that disabled people can use them.

The following 6 steps are based on TetraLogical’s article, An inclusive approach to video production.

Step 1 — plan the visual and audio content

At the planning stage, before making the video, think about all the audio and visual content that will be in the video.

Step 2 — animated content

For any animated content, make sure that no content on the screen flashes more than 3 flashes per second.

For more information, see Understanding Success Criterion 2.3.1: Three Flashes or Below Threshold — W3C.

Step 3 — text content

For any text that will appear on the screen as part of the video content, ensure that text:

Step 4 — script

Write a script that includes all important visual information that people who cannot see the video need to know. For example, if the video is narrated, have the narrator:

For a typical conference presentation that’s to be video recorded or streamed, have the presenter, if possible:

If all the video’s important visual information is described in the audio track, there’s no need for a separate (and potentially expensive) audio description.

Step 5 — captions

Using the script, add captions to the video.

Step 6 — descriptive text transcript

Write a descriptive text transcript that contains the script and any additional meaningful visual information that is not included in the script but still relevant to the story in the video — for example, a sign that says the building is closed.

Add the descriptive text transcript to the page with the video.