Audio description makes your videos accessible for blind users.

3Play Media provides high quality, competitively priced audio description services for online video

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.


Benefits of Audio Description

πŸ‘οΈ Accessibility: In 2015, the National Health Interview Survey found that 23.7 million Americans, which is about 10% of the population have trouble seeing, making audio description a critical accommodation for these viewers.

βš–οΈ Legal compliance: Audio description is of course required by many federal laws in the US, including the Section 508 Refresh. Providing audio description can prevent litigation, and save you money and a headache down the road.

πŸ‘ Helps individuals on the autistic spectrum: Individuals on the autistic spectrum find that audio description helps better understand emotional and social cues only demonstrated through actions or facial expressions.

πŸ’¬ Helps children developing language skills: Audio description can be a useful pedagogical tool used to enhance language development in children by providing reinforcement and introducing new vocabulary.

🎧 Gives users flexibility: Audio description also provides a lot of flexibility to view videos in eyes-free environments. It helps allows viewers to understand the visuals that are taking place on screen without being tied down in one place.


How it works

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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


πŸ–ŠοΈ Audio Description Editor
We provide an easy-to-use editing interface that allows users to edit their descriptions and play back their edits using synthesized speech.
πŸ–₯️ Account System
Order, manage and preview your caption files in one convenient location.
πŸ—£οΈ Synthesized Speech
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.
πŸ”Œ 3Play Plugin
Add audio description tracks to video players that don’t allow you to publish a separate audio track.
πŸ“ Extended Audio Description
This service pauses the video to allow for longer descriptions when there is not enough space to sufficiently describe the visuals in your video.
πŸ“ 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.


Read more about the 3Play Plugin



Players that Support Audio Description

YuJa, Wistia, Viostream, Vidyard, TechSmith Relay, JW Player, Ensemble Video, Brightcove


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.

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Synthesized Speech

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.


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Companies everywhere are creating accessible video.

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“Accessibility is really important for Perkins. We’re a community of people with a lot of different disabilities and needs, and I think 3Play has been very forward-thinking about this and a thought leader.”

Robin Sitten l eLearning Program Manager
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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.


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Easier workflows, 5-star support, and high quality descriptions are just a click away!
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