I've heard good things about CaptionTube
Synchrimedia is a program you purchase, but it looks pretty awesome. It will loop 4 seconds of your video while you type it out. When you hit enter it goes to the next 4 seconds and loops it. That's pretty nifty.
But... but... but... there's no way I can transcribe an hour long webinar or 90 minute podcast! You're right, you may not want to do that. You probably don't have the training to caption or transcribe so it's going to take you a lot longer to do it, especially if you're a hunt-and-peck-typer.
You can hire a transcriber or captioner for your webinars, podcasts, and longer videos to type out the transcript for you. Then they send you the file and you're ready to get it into the video.
Okay, I know what you're thinking. Dude, Rochelle, I am small potatoes I do not have the money to do hire out, especially since I don't think there's any Deaf people paying attention to me.
You'd be wrong. Deaf people don't bust into a blog announcing their Deafness. Plus, think about how many people that are Deaf and Hard of Hearing who could now come to your site.
There may be a lot of people in your niche, but are there a lot of people that make all of their products and services accessible?
Speaking of. If you have a service that uses the phone or conference call, you can use VRS services.
You can either call their phone directly (yes, Deaf have phones) and it will be routed through an interpreter who will interpret what they are saying to you and what you say back to them. You can also contact the individual and they may be able to give you their direct VideoPhone (VP) number.
It really is easy and once you forget the fact that you're talking to an interpreter it's not awkward.
Sum It All Up
Accessibility is something we all could think about. Adding captions and transcripts is easy to do and is beneficial to many people, including yourself.
I've created a tip sheet for you to help make captioning easier for you!
http://rochellebarlow.com/captioning-tips Click to Download!