Audio Description April 3, 2017
At Pyramide Productions, we know the ins and outs of 508-compliance and look forward to helping you make your next video more accessible!
Audio description is an additional narration track that is added to a video primarily to serve the blind and visually impaired. It provides information about actions, scene changes, text-on-screen, and other visual content. Audio description is usually inserted into pauses in dialogue, and helps a person follow the content with comprehension to stay connected to your video more easily.
While we can’t give the viewer the option to turn the audio description on or off in a video player, we can create two versions of the video: one cut featuring the audio description, and one without it. This involves creating new spaces for the audio description, planning the necessary voice-over work, and reworking the pacing of the video. You should also expect the audio description version of your video to run longer than the original. Because re-editing is time intensive, you can expect a 4-5 day turnaround. There is also an additional cost.
Audio description is a great option if you’re looking to make a more accessible video, and benefits the general public by giving people an easy way to consume video in situations and places they may not otherwise (in their car, doing dishes, etc.).
Check out one of our samples featuring audio description for Microsoft:
–S.R. Davidson, Pyramide Staff Writer1