Audio Description Examples

You can hear audio description examples in this video gallery! We’ve published audio description in several ways, so you can see how our various output formats work.

Our audio description services utilize human describers and synthesized speech. You can hear examples of our services below! We’ve published audio description in several ways, so you can see how our various output formats work.

You can view the following examples of audio description below:

  • 3Play Plugin: Our plugin allows you to add description to videos on players that don’t otherwise support it.
  • MP4 Video with Audio Description: These examples show MP4 videos that contain both the source audio and the audio description.
  • Merged Transcript & Description: This example shows a video along with a merged text document containing both the transcript and the description, which is the best accommodation for deaf/blind viewers.
  • Extended Audio Description: These examples demonstrate extended audio description. Both examples use a YouTube embed with the 3Play plugin.

 

3Play Plugin

The 3Play Plugin allows you to add description to videos hosted on players that don’t support description – even to videos you don’t own. In this example, we’ve added the 3Play Plugin audio description features to a YouTube video embed from MITK12Videos to make it accessible without republishing their video. Test it out:

Instructions:
  1. Press play on the video.
  2. Press the AD icon to turn description on and off.
  3. Press the AD sliders icon to equalize the volume.
  4. Press the AD volume icon to mute AD.
  5. Use the AD volume slider to change the volume of your description independently from the volume of your YouTube video.

 

MP4 Video with Audio Description

Most video players don’t support the use of a secondary audio track or video source associated with your original video. If you don’t want to use the plugin above, you can publish a second video with audio description. Note that you won’t be able to turn audio description off.

The below examples show MP4 videos that include the source audio and audio description.

 

Merged Text Doc

A merged text output that contains both the transcript and description is the best accommodation for deaf/blind viewers. Below, you can view an example of a video playing with audio description and captions alongside a merged text document.

(SPEECH)
[MUSIC PLAYING]
 
(DESCRIPTION)
Clouds rush past over a mountain lake.

Words of Wilderness. Written by Edward Abbey, Aldo Leopold, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Muir, Wallace Stegner. 1836 to present.

(SPEECH)
Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

(DESCRIPTION)
A short by Pete McBride and Vital Films.

Steep mountains and a still green lake viewed from above. A heron soars.

(SPEECH)
The greatest wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.

(DESCRIPTION)
The shadows of clouds rush across a valley between steep mountains.

(SPEECH)
Mountain parks and reservations are useful, not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.

(DESCRIPTION)
Snow-covered mountain peaks.

(SPEECH)
Wilderness is a resource which can shrink, but not grow.

(DESCRIPTION)
A white goat crosses the top of a tall mountain.

(SPEECH)
The creation of new wilderness in the full sense of the word is impossible.

(DESCRIPTION)
A mountain peak wrapped in clouds on a sunny day. A spreading forest of white trees.

(SPEECH)
Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home, that wilderness is a necessity.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

(DESCRIPTION)
Huge snowy mountains. A stream tumbles between ferns and mossy rocks. A larger river rushes over stones and plunges into a low waterfall.

(SPEECH)
The idea of wilderness needs no defense.

(DESCRIPTION)
Crashing river rapids. A spreading valley with the sun on the horizon.

(SPEECH)
It only needs more defenders.

(DESCRIPTION)
Stars wheel through the night sky.

(SPEECH)
We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

(DESCRIPTION)
A man stands at the base of a plunging waterfall in a red rock canyon.

(SPEECH)
We can have wilderness without freedom.

(DESCRIPTION)
A bald eagle.

(SPEECH)
We can have wilderness without human life at all. But we cannot have freedom without wilderness.

(DESCRIPTION)
Sun sparkles on shallow water.

(SPEECH)
Wilderness is the raw material out of which man has hammered the artifact called civilization.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

(DESCRIPTION)
Words of Wilderness. Written by Edward Abbey, Aldo Leopold, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Muir, Wallace Stegner.

(SPEECH)
[WIND BLOWING]

(DESCRIPTION)
Happy fiftieth Wilderness Act, by Pete McBride and Vital Films.

In 50 years, Wilderness has grown from nine to 110 million acres.

 

Extended Audio Description

If your video has very few natural pauses in the audio track or has extensive/complex visual content, your video may require 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. We recommend comparing the extended version of “Circuits and Electronics” below to the standard version of the same file above.

 

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