Writing video transcripts, captions and audio descriptions

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Scheduled at 2:30pm in Westminster I on Monday November, 14.



  • Gian Wild, Ms, AccessibilityOz

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 3-hr
  • Format: Lab
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Learn how to write transcripts, captions and audio descriptions for your videos and then upload them to YouTube or use OzPlayer on your site for your users,.


. Transcripts: The course covers issues such as providing adequate speech and visual descriptions in your transcript together with the best practice and structural presentation of transcripts in accessible Word format. Captions: The accessible transcript you create will then be used as a basis for development of appropriate captioning for your video media. The captioning session will ensure that your captions are accurate, descriptive and that all important information is represented. Audio descriptions: The final session of the day will look at audio descriptions. These are best done when creating a video as an alternative to the original video – unfortunately, this is not often the case and audio descriptions have to be added after. The course covers how to insert audio descriptions, as well as what content should and shouldn’t be included in an audio description.


  1. Transcripts are a combination of caption and audio description
  2. Audio descriptions are essential to accessibility
  3. Captions are essential to accessibility

Disability Areas

Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Vision

Topic Areas

Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Gian Wild

Gian Wild is the CEO of AccessibilityOz. She has worked in accessibility industry since 1998. Her major achievements include: the very first Australian accessible web site; the accessibility compliance of the Melbourne 2006 and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games; her six years’ active membership in the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group; and her speech on the importance of web accessibility at the United Nations Conference of State Parties in June last year. Gian has spoken at conferences in Australia, US, Canada, South America and Europe.