Celebrating 12 Years of Providing Superior Descriptive Video
The Trusted Source for Seamless Described Video and Audio Description Since 2003

Get the Described Video You Need in the Time You Have

You need described video, but you can't risk blowing a deadline. You need to be FCC and CRTC compliant, but you can't afford an out of control budget. You need access to the blind and partially sighted market, but you can't lose the quality of your production.

We know what you need – and we know what's at stake. With over twelve years of providing top quality descriptive narration, Descriptive Video Works has the experience and skill to deliver reliable results.

Every Descriptive Video Works project follows our three point stress-free guarantee:

  • On time
  • On budget
  • Excellent quality

Contact us today and have your completed descriptive video project completed in as little as three days!

From Sight to Sound

Described video service opens up TV shows and commercials, film, and any other video production to the blind and partially sighted. Described video goes by many names, including:

  • descriptive video service
  • audio description
  • video description
  • descriptive audio
  • descriptive narration

No matter what you call it, described video has one basic goal: to make visual elements more accessible to those who cannot see them. This is done through an audio description of sets, action, facial expressions, clothing, and any other visual detail that contributes to the plot and tone of a scene. A narrator describes these elements in the natural pauses in a program's dialogue or audio effects. This then makes up a secondary audio program (SAP) for viewers.

A Growing Need

In 2010, the FCC introduced the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. Not only does the act mandate more hours of audio description, the act also includes an escalating requirement, year by year. Canada's CRTC has similar legislation.

Audio Description must grow – it's the law.

Adding described video doesn't just ensure that your program meets FCC mandates. It also offers an opportunity to immediately expand your audience by millions.

There are over 21 million vision restricted people in the United States, and more than 1.5 million in Canada. Even with the efforts of advocacy groups and mandated described video, entertainment with video description is far from universal.

Your described video production will have an audience that is hungry to access programs that they can enjoy to the fullest.

This audience for described video isn't merely increasing for mandated reasons. As the North American baby boomer population ages, their need for descriptive narration will grow. Forming a strong relationship with a described video provider gives you the opportunity to capture this market for future productions.

Making It Easy

Descriptive Video Works has delivered stress-free descriptive video services to producers and broadcasters in L.A., New York, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and throughout North America.

From the moment we receive your production, we will oversee and guide your video description project. Our tested production work flow is fast, straightforward, and reliable.

No matter what the program, Descriptive Video Works delivers vivid described video tracks:

  • News
  • Series, Sitcoms, and Dramas
  • Television commercials
  • Major motion pictures
  • Reality TV
  • Cooking and instructional
  • Live events

Descriptive Video Works founder Diane Johnson brings three decades of television production experience. She and her team knows that the three elements that most contribute to production stress are deadlines, cost, and quality.

To alleviate that stress, Descriptive Video Works guarantees that you will receive a finished product that is:

  • On Time
  • On Budget
  • Of Exceptional Quality
A Skilled Team

When you hire Descriptive Video Works, you don't just get a stranger's voice on tape. You get the combined efforts of the entire team, and the sum knowledge of our experience in the industry.

The process begins with the Descriptive Video Works writers. Writing for descriptive narration is a very specific discipline, requiring creativity, a deep understanding of the production, and time.

Writers will typically require eight to ten hours per hour of programming to write the described video: this is necessary not only to review and understand the subject matter, but also to create the vivid and clear descriptions.

With a completed script, we are next able to select voice talent. We work with an exceptional team of narrators, each offering a clear and unique voice – great care is taken to ensure that the voice for each video description is appropriate and matches the tone of the program.

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All narrators are versed in the subtle details of described video – the timing, the tone, and the clarity required. Paired with the script of an excellent writer, our narrators ensure that nothing is lost to blind and partially sighted viewers.

Descriptive Video Works also includes a two-member Research and Development Team, both of whom are part of the blind and partially sighted community. Through regular focus groups and direct review of completed productions, they allow us to ensure that our services best serve our blind and partially sighted audience.

A Strong Track Record

Descriptive Video Works was founded in Vancouver, Canada in 2003. For twelve years, the team has been providing top quality described video, and has grown to include offices in Los Angeles, Toronto, and Montreal.  In that time, we have provided thousands of hours of video description, for productions ranging from Shrek to Fight Club, from coverage of the Royal Visit to Silent Hill.

A list of some our productions can be found on our clients page . You can see even some actual footage on the descriptive video samples page . To get an idea of how previous clients have felt about working with us, take a look at our testimonials page.

What to Expect

Your described video project will start almost immediately.  Our state-of-the-art production facility is open 7 days a week, and we can deliver your completed project in as little as 3-4 days from project start.

Visit our Contact page and give us a call or email. We'll respond to you as soon as possible. From there, your project will move forward in three main steps.

1. Files:

We require the finished broadcast-ready audio mix with the final picture-lock on your disc or file. We work with all standard broadcast formats and digital files, including:

  • Quicktime
  • FCPA
  • VID
  • .mov
  • .aiff
  • .wav
  • DVD

2. Production:

Writing, editing, and review, with all the experienced professionals mentioned above.

3. Delivery:

Once your video description project is completed, we deliver your show directly to your broadcaster or post production house via FTP site, .aiff file, .wav file or master tape.

Flexible, Mobile, and Diverse

Besides working in post-production, Descriptive Video Works is also the first provider to offer live described video. For news, special events, sports, or any other live broadcast, we are able to offer instant described video.

Plus, we are now pleased to offer on-site, concurrent described video. If you know from pre-production that you need audio description services, then our staff can be present during production. This saves you time during post-production.

If you have a project that requires described video before, during, or after production, we'll handle it.

Descriptive Video Works is equipped to provide English descriptive video service, as well as French, Spanish and Cantonese described video. Along with this, we are also able to add Closed Captioning services as part of the project.

Contact us now to start your video description project!