3Play Media provides high quality, competitively priced audio description services for online video. Once your media files have been uploaded to our system, your audio description will be created by professional describers who utilize our unique workflow, process, and advanced technology.
How it works
Upload your videos
Upload files from a computer, via links, integrations, and custom APIs. You can also select your preferred turnaround time.
Sit Back & Relax While We Describe Your File
Each file goes through two rounds of human quality assurance to ensure the highest quality.
Download your files in any format you need
We offer multiple description formats, plus an audio description embed that allows you to publish description on players that don’t support it.
Quality & Accuracy
Our professional describers follow standards based on the DCMP description key to ensure consistent, high quality descriptions regardless of content type.
Every file undergoes a stringent, multi-step quality assurance process, which includes two rounds of human review.
Features & Tools
We provide an easy-to-use editing interface that allows users to edit their descriptions and play back their edits using synthesized speech.
🖥️ Account System
Order, manage and preview your caption files in one convenient location.
Our audio description service uses synthesized speech to voice your descriptions. We provide eighteen English voice options, three Spanish voice options, and three speed options.
🔌 3Play Plugin
Add audio description tracks to video players that don’t allow you to publish a separate audio track.
This service pauses the video to allow for longer descriptions when there is not enough space to sufficiently describe the visuals in your video.
📁 Audio Description Formats
We offer text-based and media-based description formats, which you can access anytime.
Audio Description Embed
The 3Play Plugin enables users to add captions, interactive transcripts, audio description, and SEO to videos they don’t own and to video players that otherwise don’t support these features.
With the 3Play Plugin, you can add audio description to videos without having to republish your audio or video files.
You can toggle audio description on or off and change the volume of the description separately from the volume of your original audio track.
Players that Support Audio Description
Spanish + English Audio Description
In addition to our English audio description service, we also offer Spanish audio description for Spanish language transcripts, imports, and ASR files (automated speech recognition). Learn more about ordering Spanish audio description.
Spanish Audio Description can ONLY be ordered if the source video file is in Spanish.
Our audio description service uses synthesized speech to voice your descriptions.
We provide eighteen English voice options, three Spanish voice options, and three speed options, which you can sample on our AD examples page.
Our voice options are generated from Text-to-Speech (TTS) partners including Amazon Polly, IBM Watson Text-to-Speech, and Google Cloud Text-to-Speech (WaveNet).
To alleviate issues with pronunciation, our editors use phonetic transcription codes to make sure the synthesized speech pronounces words in your file correctly.
By using synthesized speech, we are able to provide a lower cost alternative to traditional audio description. In addition, synthesized speech is familiar to most blind users, as they are accustomed to more mechanized screen reader voices. Learn more about the benefits of using synthesized speech for audio description.
Companies everywhere are creating accessible video.
Many of the same accessibility laws that require closed captioning for video also require audio description.
In the US, audio description is required in many circumstances under the 21st Century Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 504 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Most web accessibility experts recommend shooting for WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliance, which requires audio description for all prerecorded video content in synchronized media.