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A Guide to Videos & Films

Described Video

What is Described Video (DV)

Described Video is the narration of the environmental and visual images that are present during a video, theatre or live event.  It provides the non-spoken context for blind and partially sighted viewers.

For more information, please see AMI’s Post Production Described Video Best Practices

What is Integrated Described Video (IDV)

Integrated Described Video includes the relevant environmental context within the script.  A post-production Described Video audio track is less likely.  This is the better option.

For more information, please see AMI’s Integrated Described Video Best Practices

When to request

Any video that has static content or little contextual visual information likely does not need Described Video, e.g. A video focused on a single individual who is speaking. 

If your video contains visual content that is not reflected in the dialogue then your video will need Described Video. E.g. A video with two individuals having a conversation at a café, where the context is relevant to the story. 

If you are unsure, please contact the office.

Creating Described Video

If you would like to create your own Described Video, please feel free to consult the Described Video Best Practice document above.  It contains lots of great information on scripting and recording.  Here is a brief summary.

  1. You will need to review the video and plan out the duration and timing of the breaks in audio are.  It is not good practice to record over existing music or sound effects. 
  2. Using this information script brief descriptions of the non-verbal information, ensuring that you are not providing any information prior to when it has happened on screen.
  3. Using an audio recording device, or visit the Lyons sound recording studio, record your descriptions
  4. Add your soundtrack to the existing video.  You can use Windows Media Player to do this. 
  5. After checking your content, you are finished!

Creating Integrated Described Video

If you would like to include descriptions of the environment into your script prior this is the most inclusive format, please feel free to consult the Integrated Described Video Best Practice Document above.  It contains lots of useful information on how to include the descriptions into your script.  Here are some tips:

  1. When writing your script ensure any relevant actions, settings and images are part of the audio.
    1. For example:

Instead of: 

Christine: Good Morning

Amanda: Good Morning

(muffled sounds)

Try:

Christine: Good Morning Amanda, would you like to come into my office and have a seat?

Amanda: Thank you!

  1. Review your script and video often to ensure all visual content is reflected in the script. 
  2. If you are unable to add the content into the script try adding it in as a narration. 
  3. If that is not possible try to leave as much space between dialogue for the addition of DV.
  4. If you would like assistance please feel free to contact the LAS office.

 

Accommodation requests for Described Video can be submitted through the captioning request form or directly through captioning@mcmaster.ca