RE: [Videolib] closed captioning on videos

Jill Baker (
Wed, 26 May 2004 10:34:18 -0700

What about passing the cost on to the customer? If it costs $500 for you to
caption a video, then raise the price by $2 or $3 or even $10 per video and
recoup it that way. I would gladly pay extra to get a captioned video. I
think that others would be willing to do this too. I know it would be an
added burden for the distributors, but more and more of us are being
required to purchase only captioned videos, and your consumer pool will be
Jill Baker
AV Librarian
San Diego Mesa College

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Jessica Rosner
Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 8:58 AM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] closed captioning on videos

Well speaking as a small distributor we don't have the money either
Probably 75% of our stuff has sub-titles or intertitles so they don't NEED
to be closed captioned. Still for things like the American Film theatre
titles or other English language films we do have, we don't have the
budget or time to do this. I am sympathetic to the reasons for needing
CC material but there is no way small companies who might sell only
a few hundred or even a few thousand copies can afford to do it.

I do give permission if anyone wants to add captions to our titles
BUT we don't have a dialogue script for most of them


Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018

> From: Jill Baker <> > Reply-To: > Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 08:30:08 -0700 > To: "''" <> > Subject: RE: [Videolib] closed captioning on videos > > California Community Colleges are under direction from the Chancellor's > Office to purchase only closed caption videos in order to be in compliance > with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Therefore, we must > purchase only closed captioned videos, or agree to have them captioned out > of local funds before they are added to the collection at our site. It is > very hard on the faculty, as they want to purchase videos to augment their > teaching, and most educational titles are not captioned. Therefore, they > have to come up with the money to caption, which runs about $6/minute. I am > hoping that soon all videos will come with closed captioning, but I think > that the big institutions will need to take the same stand that the > California Community Colleges have taken in order to encourage the > distributors to do this. It has essentially eliminated about 75% of what we > would like to buy, because we don't have the money to caption it. I am > interested in seeing what others have to say on this. > Thanks, > Jill Baker > AV Librarian > San Diego Mesa College > > > -----Original Message----- > From: > [] On Behalf Of Herbert, Rue > Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 6:53 AM > To: > Subject: [Videolib] closed captioning on videos > > I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has a statement in their video > collection development policy that addresses in any way the purchse of > videos with closed captioning. While we always try to purchase the cc > version (if there is a choice), in some cases titles from smaller, > independent distributors don't always provide captioning. I've occasionally > been surprised at receiving a non-captioned video from large, well known > distributors. I've been asked to include something in my updated policy, > and want to be as pro-active as possible while remaining balanced regarding > the various campus needs and requirements. > > Also, has anyone had experience with the OCmaker from ClosedCaption Maker? > This product provides a method for producing open captions for VHS tapes, > and indicates being particularly appropriate for existing Library VHS > collections. > > Thank you in advance for any input you might have. > > Rue > > Rue M. Herbert > Media Resources > Tampa Library > University of South Florida > > > > _______________________________________________ > Videolib mailing list > > > _______________________________________________ > Videolib mailing list > >

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