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Captioned Multimedia

Captioning displays the dialogue, narration and sound effects of DVDs, videos, or TV programs as words on the screen, similar to subtitles on a movie. Videos may be available in open (always visible on the screen, similar to sub-titles) or closed-captioned (usually encased in letter boxes). For closed-captioned videotapes, a television with captioning capabilities (any TV manufactured after July 1, 1993) is necessary.  Responsibilities are as follows:


  • Choose DVDs and videos that are captioned or obtain captioned versions.
  • Review  Checking Course Content for Captions
  • Review Creating Accessible Course Content for Students with Hearing Loss
  • Apply for the NCSU Captioning Grant if needed.
  • To obtain captioned DVDs/videos/films, contact Darby Orcutt at DH Hill Library or investigate captioned videos available for loan by visiting the Described and Captioned Media Program.
  • Check with the technical staff in your college or department in advance about the use of the equipment (i.e. how to turn on the captions).
  • If a captioned version is not available and you cannot make a substitution, please provide the student with a written transcript before the media is shown.
  • The academic department is responsible for providing captioning for any video/website/CD/DVD, etc. that is produced by NC State University and selected for use in the course.
  • If this is a Distance Education course through DELTA, email as soon as possible to request captions be added to your content.
  • Email with questions, for resources, or for more information.


  • Contact the instructor and your DRO service provider immediately if course DVDs, Videos, or TV programs are not captioned and a written transcript is not available.


  • Provide consultation to instructors, departments and colleges regarding captioning of University produced materials.