About Described Video Canada

Described video makes media more accessible – that is why we care

 

Television is a primary source of news, entertainment, and sports programming and reflects the wide range of ideas and perspectives that characterize Canadian society. It’s important for people with visual impairments to be able to receive TV broadcasts and web video in as complete a form as possible, so that we’re all included in this “everyday” medium.

 

With this belief in mind, we are using our more than 20 years of experience writing, producing, and recording a wide range of music, commercial voice-overs, and broadcast videos, to the development of DV for TV and the web. We have applied our years of experience into creating a factual and comprehensive descriptive aide for people with visual impairments. We are committed to following strict guidelines of DV Best Practices, as described by AMI.

 

We understand the demands of producers and broadcasters, because we ourselves are producers and broadcasters.

 

We understand that in some cases a visually impaired person will be accessing your media alongside a fully sighted person. For this reason we aim to produce a described video that is enjoyable for everyone. As much as possible, descriptions are only inserted in the natural pauses in the dialogue. The narrator will only speak over dialogue if a description is absolutely essential to the understanding of the plot.

 

Our descriptions assist the viewer to better understand the story in which the director is telling. We do not strive to tell our own story.

 

To see our latest work, check out our YouTube Channel.

 

Our Studio

 

Our recording facility is located in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. The studio features voice-over isolation booths and provides professional industry standard equipment to ensure quality voice recording and sound mixing.

 

DV Canada is a participant in the Described Video Best Practices Working Group, chaired by AMI-tv and approved by the CRTC.

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What clients are saying about Described Video Canada services

 

"Described Video Canada offered a pain free professional service. We're based in Ireland and Described Video isn't something that’s done here, but Marc and his team took the mystery out of this service and our Canadian broadcaster is delighted with the finished project"

                      - Susan Broe, Producer and Co-Owner, Wigleywoo Ltd

 

Clients we have helped since 2013 include:

 

Channel Zero

Quay Media Services

Extreme Reach

SIM International

Shopify Inc.

BTI Studios

CNIB

Stitch Media

Balestra

George Brown College

Collège Boréal

VICE
Factory Film Studio
Tell Me TV
Broken Compass Films

Out There with Melissa DiMarco (Out There Productions)

Bristow Global Media

VVS Films

Wiggleywoo Ltd

World Food Programme

Artesian Films

Frank Wolf Films

Nettel Media

Nelson Education

StationEx

MacMaster CCE

Our descriptions have been heard on several network and cable television stations. Programming ranging from dramas to documentaries to kids shows.