Tools for Captioning and Description

CapScribe — Do it Yourself (DIY) media access
A Free Tool for Non-Profits, Public Sector Organizations, and Individuals

If you’re a public sector organization, a nonprofit, a student or an individual who doesn’t have the budget for adding captions or descriptions to your videos, we would like to invite you to try CapScribe, our Mac-based video editor for captioning and description. Our hope is that CapScribe will get you up and running. In return we ask you to spread the word about how CapScribe works for you.

With CapScribe, you can produce captions for Quicktime and YouTube videos, and a few additional formats as well. CapScribe’s editor gives you precise control over setting up each caption. It’s easy to set up, edit, and re-edit your captions and time codes. We think you’ll find CapScribe a fast and enjoyable experience. CapScribe also offers a way to create video description.

To use CapScribe, you’ll need at least a Duo Core 2 Intel Mac, Snow Leopard/Mac OS 10.6 or higher, and 4GB of RAM or greater (though 2GB will do for shorter videos).

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View of CapScribe’s Caption Editor

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View of CapScribe’s Video Description Editor

Background

Charles Silverman has been developing CapScribe for longer than he can remember.

CapScribe has always been about getting as many people as possible to caption and describe their web and desktop media. We’ve been busy adding new features, making other improvements, and repairing various glitches.

Inclusive Media and Design Inc is proud to support ongoing CapScribe development.

What You Can Do

CapScribe is, as always, a work-in-progress. We use it internally for much of our work at Inclusive Media and Design. What we learn about captioning and description from our work gets applied to new releases of CapScribe. You can help by sending us your feedback and links to your finished videos for us to showcase.

When you can’t get everything done yourself use our web captioning and descriptive video services. And spread the word - let others know what we offer. This will help to fund further CapScribe development.

Consider doing volunteer captioning and description. There’s plenty of content out there, and many non-profit organizations that would more than welcome your help!

Instructions for Getting a Copy of CapScribe

Email your request to info@inclusivemedia.ca, and we’ll get back to you with a link for downloading CapScribe Open.

Be sure to include the following survey questions and responses in your email:

  • What do you do?
  • Where do you work (if relevant to your request)? If at a university, please identify the group/research unit you’re involved with as well as the school.
  • How are you planning to use CapScribe?
  • Are you a previous user of CapScribe?
  • How did you hear about CapScribe?

If you have links to your captioned media that you’d like us to share on our website, please let us know!

We’ll get back to you within 48 hours if not sooner.