AUDIO DESCRIPTION


 "Being blind doesn’t mean you can't, you know, listen." - Stevie Wonder

 

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Audio Description makes visual media accessible to people who are blind and visually impaired. It’s a secondary audio track with a narrator describing key visual elements that are inserted into natural pauses in the dialogue. Different terms are used in different countries, but the meaning is the same.

The term audio description (AD) is commonly used in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, China, Europe, The Netherlands, Scandinavia, India, Korea and New Zealand. In Canada, this process is known as descriptive video (also referred to as DV, video description, described video or described narrative).

 

THE AUDIO DESCRIPTION PROCESS

A timed script to describe key visual elements is created by a professional AD writer. Occurrences and durations of the descriptions are timed to fit within pauses in dialogue. Then the script is recorded either by a professional voice artist, or, in some cases using synthetic voices.  The recorded narration is then mixed with the original audio to create a secondary audio description track.

Turn-around will vary with type of content, (a dialogue-dense film leaves less space for Audio Description and requires less time to create).

Synthetic Voice

Human Voice