Celebrating 11 Years of Providing Superior Descriptive Video
The Trusted Source for Seamless Described Video and Audio Description Since 2003

Faqs

What is Descriptive Video?
    • Descriptive Video also referred to as Described Video in Canada, is called Audio Description in the United States and the United Kingdom. These are all the same service only differing by name in different parts of the world.
    • A service making a difference to those who suffer from vision loss by providing visual media accessibility to all
    • A voiceover description of the program's key visual elements
    • Narration occurs during natural pauses in dialogue
    • The blind or partially sighted viewer 'sees audibly' and engages with the story
    • Television shows, feature films, mobile media, visual media on the web or at museums can all be described.
    • Described Video is to the vision restricted what closed captioning is to the deaf
What parts of a program do you describe?
    • The important visual elements that a blind or partially sighted person normally misses
    • Actions, costumes, facial expressions, settings and scene changes for example are all described bringing the programming to life for those with visual restrictions
    • Meaningful images are created for the mind's eye of the blind and partially sighted audience
How does a viewer watch Described Video on television?
    • Contact your cable service provider, usually you can activate the second auditory track through your remote control. When Descriptive Video is part of the selected program, it will be heard during the natural pauses in the programs dialogue.
Which shows are described?
    • Most broadcasters provide Described Video.
    • Local television schedules will indicate the described shows that are available in your area.
How does a viewer watch Descriptive Video at the theater?
    • Many theaters across North America have installed special equipment to include Descriptive Video with their Feature Films.
    • The patron asks for a headset when they enter the theatre allowing them to hear the description if available
How is a program described?
    • Our specialized, professionally trainedwriters view the program and write a script that clearly describes the visual elements
    • Occurrences and durations of the descriptions are carefully timed to fit within pauses in dialogue
    • Once a script is completed, it is recorded as narration and mixed with the original program audio to create a full Described Video (DV) track.
    • Our technical experts will provide the DV track for your use in your own post-production laybacks.
How long does it take to describe a program?
    • On average, our turn-around time is three to seven days, depending on the length of the program.
    • At Descriptive Video Works, we will work with you to accommodate your turn-around needs should you require your DVd program faster.
    • In 11 years we have never missed a deadline
Do you charge rush fees?
    • No, we do not charge extra for a rush job
    • We come from broadcasting and production backgrounds - we understand that sometimes things are out of your control
    • Be assured even under the tightest deadline, our work is always of the highest caliber.
How do you decide on the voice?
    • We carefully review your program and make the best selection from our professional voiceover team
    • We have a wide range of female and male professional narrators with experience in radio, TV, film and stage
    • We ensure that the voice we use compliments your program and provides an engaging viewing experience.
What do you require to DV a program?
    • We require the final version of the program, preferably with all titles and graphics.
    • We can also work from a final picture-lock version if your deadlines are tight.
    • Once we have recorded the DV narration, we mix it with the final stereo mix (LTRT) of the program. Then we digital-deliver an audio file for you to use in your own post-production laybacks.
    • We work with all standard broadcast formats and digital files, including Quicktime, FCP, AVID, .mov, .aiff, .wav, and DVD.