Described Video made easy – that is what we do
Described video (DV) is also called Video Description, Described Narrative or Audio Description (AD). DV is a narrated description of a program’s main visual elements, such as settings, costumes, or body language. The description is added during pauses in dialogue, and enables people to form a mental picture of the program. It works best for pre-recorded programs, such as dramas and documentaries. The DV is carried on secondary audio tracks. Generally it can be enable in your cable box audio settings.
What we need from you
1. A low resolution video file representing the final ‘picture locked’ video (mpg, mp4 or mov).
2. Final audio in a stereo or mono wav file (must match video file exactly). If you only have 5.1 audio, it must be mixed down to either stereo or mono.
How we exchange media
How we exchange media. We are open to what ever file sharing method works best for you. FTP, We Transfer, Aspera, Hard Drive (SSD recommended). Let us know and we can accommodate.
Our step-by-step process
Step 1 – We thoroughly review your content to fully understand the story. Then we strategically locate the visual elements that require a narrative description. We ensure as much as possible that the program dialogue, sound effects and music is not compromised when writing the script.
Step 2 – Once the script is written, it’s time to cast the appropriate voice for your project.
Step 3 - Complete voice recordings in our professional studio environment using industry leading equipment and software. We focus our time on EQ and removing any pops or superfluous noises on the narrative track.
Step 4 – Once step 3 is approved, we create a final mix of descriptions and program audio.
Need Closed Captioning Services?
What is Closed Captioning?
Closed Captioning is a visual aide for the hearing impaired. It makes media more accessible by translating the audio part of a program into text, which is displayed on screen.
How does it work?
The captions are generally embedded in the video signal/stream and must be decoded to view. Most cable boxes, TVs and video players have this capability. The function is likely found in your system’s menu.
Let us know your requirements and we’ll do our best to accommodate.