Beginner's Guide to Audio Description.
This White Paper is designed to serve as your comprehensive beginner's guide to all things audio description to help you easily create accessible video content.
- What is Audio Description?
- Standards & Requirements of Audio Description
- Audio Description Laws & Lawsuits
- Benefits of Audio Description
- What is the Cost of Audio Description?
- How to Add Audio Description to Videos
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A Definition of Audio Description
Audio description, also known as descriptive audio or video description, narrates the relevant visual information contained in a video and is an accommodation for blind and low-vision viewers. Failing to provide audio description inhibits blind and visually impaired individuals from gaining a complete understanding of the given program.
The description of media involves the interspersion of audio description snippets within the program’s original audio components, such as in between natural pauses in dialogue. This is to allow the individual the benefit of the description, without detracting from the existing content.
There are several guidelines to keep in mind when describing. It’s important to only describe the seen, and not the unseen, such as motivations or intentions. Although it may be instinctive to project emotions onto the characters, the job of the describer is to describe what is physically observable, not to provide the listener with personal assumptions or conclusions. With technology rapidly advancing, it is becoming even more important to ensure accessible content in entertainment, as well as education. The DCMP description key and general guidelines for how to describe outline several key elements for creating high quality description.
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