skip to main content

Search results for 'description'

78 Learning Center results found.

Audio Description: Research Into Awareness Levels

As part of the United Kingdom's (UK) Office of Communications (Ofcom) Access Service Review, this report details the results of Ofcom's advertising campaign to increase public awareness about audio description on British television. Prior to the campaign, fewer than 40% of UK adults (and fewer than 37% of visually impaired UK adults) were aware of audio description services, a severe departure from the level of familiarity with captions (known as subtitles in the UK) at 90% and sign language interpreting at 86%. Ofcom commissioned this study to measure the effectiveness of its campaign to educate the general public about audio description, as well as to: (1) establish awareness levels of audio description within the visually impaired community, (2) investigate usage of audio description services, as well as other tools used to access television, within the visually impaired community, and (3) understand media consumption among groups of visually impaired people, and identify any differences that might ex...Read More about research, description

Audio Description Text for Indexing Films

Access to audiovisual materials should be as open and free as access to print-based materials. However, we have not yet achieved such a reality. Methods useful for organizing print-based materials do not necessarily work well when applied to audiovisual and multimedia materials. In this project, Canadian researchers James Turner and Suzanne Mathieu studied using audio description text and written descriptions to generate keywords for indexing moving images. In the second part of the study, they looked at the possibility of automatically translating keywords from audio description text into other languages to use them as indexing, with encouraging results. about research, description

Corpus Based Analysis of Audio Description

This paper presents an investigation into the automated analysis of audio description scripts for 91 films. The investigation reveals some idiosyncratic features of what appears to be a special language. The existence of a special language is explained in part by the fact that audio description is produced by trained professionals following established guidelines, and its idiosyncrasies are explained by considering its communicative function – in particular that it is being used to tell a story. about research, description

DCMP Awarded "Audio Description Game Changer: Education" at 2022 ACB Audio Description Awards Gala

We are excited to announce that DCMP was presented with the Audio Description Game Changer: Education award during the 2022 American Council of the Blind (ACB) Audio Description Awards Gala. This came as a surprise, and we are honored to be recognized alongside two other Game Changer award winners, Microsoft and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. From about description, dcmp, blindness

Audio Description: Professional Recognition, Practice and Standards in Spain

This article looks at the context of accessibility in Spain, and after a general picture of the Spanish reality on media accessibility, it goes into describing and analyzing the standard for audio description approved in 2005 by the Spanish Ministerio de Trabajo (Ministry of Labour). By Pilar Orero, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. about research, spanish, description

First Educational Series Utilizing YouTube’s New Native Audio Description Support

SPARTANBURG, SC, August 6, 2021 – The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) is excited to announce the debut of Emily Graslie’s “Art Lab,” the first educational video series on YouTube to feature audio description through a new pilot program. Audio description is a secondary audio track with additional narration that describes vital visual information for people who are blind and visually impaired. From about producers-and-distributors, technology, partners, description, dcmp, blindness

DCMP Implements New Player-Based Captions and Description

To ensure that all media in DCMP's video library is always accessible, captions have been "burned in" or "open," meaning the captions are physically part of the video. Likewise, audio description has been added to each video's main soundtrack. Beginning in April, 2020, captions and description began transitioning to "player-based," meaning that these accessibility features are comprised of separate tracks that can be toggled on and off by the viewer. To continue DCMP's commitment to ensuring each viewing of every video is accessible, at least one accessibility feature will always remain on. All new content will have player-based accessibility upon release, and existing content will gradually switch to player-based as we quality check each one to ensure proper functionality. From DCMP Help Center

Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) Contest

The American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project (ACB-ADP) and the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) are co-sponsoring an exciting contest and chance to win prizes for blind and visually impaired young people, in four categories from ages 7 to 21: the Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) contest. about educators, description, blindness

Description on Videos: Improving Learning Opportunities for Everyone

Unusual things happen when products are designed to be accessible to people with disabilities. It wasn't long after sidewalks were redesigned to accommodate wheelchair users that the benefits of curb cuts began to be realized by everyone. From Bill Stark about educators, description

Value of DCMP Audio Description: A Producer's Perspective

Hilari Scarl explains how quality audio description enhanced her documentary. From Hilari Scarl about producers-and-distributors, description

Video Description Guidelines - How to Know What to Say

This video segment is taken from the interactive VDRDC/DCMP webinar, "Do It Yourself," Educational Description: Guidelines and Tools. This segment features a presentation by Rick Boggs from The Accessible Planet (TAP). Rick offers guidelines on how to provide video description for the blind or visually impaired. about manuals-and-guidelines, webinar, description

Descriptive Video: Using Media Technology to Enhance Writing

A lesson plan from ReadWriteThink about using description to improve students' written communication skills. This plan focuses on utilization of Disney's popular The Lion King, but teachers can broaden their approach to this lesson by utilizing any one of the hundreds of accessible titles available from the DCMP collection. about description

"Do It Yourself" Educational Description: Guidelines And Tools (Spanish)

Topics for this 90-minute webinar include: 1) An update of the activities of the VDRDC; 2) The "Dos and Don'ts" of description; 3) Live demonstrations of two FREE software programs which can be used to add description to media; and 4) An overview of resources for obtaining described materials for use in the classroom. about manuals-and-guidelines, webinar, description

Public Service Announcement - Video Description (Spanish-Language Video)

This public service announcement on "Video Description" is brought to you by the Family Center on Technology and Disability and Dicapta. Video description describes providews audio-narrated descriptions of the images in a program/video for viewers with blindness or low vision. For more information in Spanish about video description, please visit about spanish, description

The Adlab Project: And Some Ideas on Audio Description

A PowerPoint report of the European Erasmus Multilateral Lifelong Learning project's goals to: 1) Create authoritative guidelines and/or proposals for the AD profession/industry in all Europe; 2) Develop curricula for universities in Europe: both for entertainment and for instruction; 3) Train audio describers and audio describer trainers; 4) Sensitize and influence decision-makers; 5) Create useful connections with the television industry and with the service providers. By Chris Taylor, 2013. about research, description

Screenwriting Tip: Audio Description for the Blind By Eleanor Ball

On her blog devoted to writing tips for screenwriters and novelists, Lucy V. Hay reveals her discovery that description for the blind is an inspiration for writers. The new narration added has to be clear, simple, recognizable, and succinct. Listening to it is like attending a scriptwriting masterclass. about description

Evaluating Alternative Styles of Audio Description in an Animated Comedy

This thesis investigates the impact of conventional and alternative styles of audio description on the blind and low viewers' comprehension, entertainment experience, trustworthiness of the audio description narrative, and style preference. Author John Riccio asked 18 blind and low vision participants to watch three episodes of the television show Odd Job Jack in a single audio description style. Each participant was asked to complete a pre and post study questionnaire, and a post episode questionnaire at the completion of each episode. Results indicated that the alternative style of audio description provided better understanding, entertainment value, and is more trustworthy. about research, description

Using HTML5 and Javascript to Deliver Text Based Audio Descriptions

IBM Research Tokyo partnered with the National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH to research ways to deliver online descriptions via text-to-speech (TTS) methods, rather than using human recordings. IBM and NCAM explored two approaches which exploit HTML5 media elements—video, audio, and track—as well as Javascript. about research, description

Bringing Video Description into the 21st Century Webinar

This an archive video of the Video Description Research and Development Center webinar #1 - Bringing Video Description Into The 21st Century. The webinar occurred January 24, 2012. Topics in this webinar include: (1) A teachers' guide to using video description; (2) A comprehensive overview of resources for obtaining described materials; and (3) A sneak peak at the description technologies of the future being developed at the VDRDC. Presenters included Dr. Joshua Miele, Director of the VDRDC; Jim Stovall, President of Narrative TV Network; Jason Stark, Director of the Described and Captioned Media Program; Joel Snyder, Director of the Audio Description Project at the American Council of the Blind; and Emily Bell, Multimedia Manager at CaptionMax. about webinar, educators, technology, description

How Description Can Be Effectively Used in the Classroom

Emily Bell, Multimedia Manager at CaptionMax, gathered feedback from teachers who have used described educational videos in the classroom. In this short video clip, she provides six tips for getting the most from the programming. Ms. Bell presented these tips in the January 2012 VDRDC webinar "Bringing Video Description Into the 21st Century." From Emily Bell about educators, description