Make PowerPoint presentations more accessible with closed captions in embedded videos



Hi, Office Insiders! Peter Wu, Principal Software Engineer on the PowerPoint team, in honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, wanted to highlight the importance of making your presentations accessible to people with disabilities.


And to help you do that, is thrilled to announce you can now add closed captions to embedded videos for your presentations in PowerPoint for Mac.


Closed captions in embedded videos


You’ve no doubt seen captions before while watching a video—they are the words that appear on top of the video as it plays (often at the bottom of the screen). Studies show that captions benefit everyone who watches videos, especially those watching videos in their non-native language, people learning to read, and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Others might choose to use captions when their surroundings are too noisy to hear the video or they need to be quiet (and don’t have headphones).


Closed captions are content that is stored separately from the video pixels so that the person watching can turn them on or off. Videos often include multiple closed captions tracks: one in the language of the video and others in additional languages.


While PowerPoint for Mac can play closed captions that are encoded into the video file, it can be a challenging process to encode closed captions into a video. It’s typically easier to store the closed captions in a separate file. Now you can take closed caption files in WebVTT format and insert them into an embedded video in PowerPoint for Mac.


How it works


1. To insert closed captions in an embedded video, select the video and choose Insert Captions on the Playback tab.




Check out the rest of the story on this awesome feature, right here.



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