What does adding audio descriptions to video mean?
So there are captions, which I describe in a previous blog article. However
This can be accomplished using either both audio
Let's take the video below of a cat dressed in a shark costume, riding a Roomba that's chasing a baby duck around (dear God, what has the Internet come to!):
So what would be a proper description for said example:
Looking at a close-up of a cat dressed in a shark costume.
(static noise of the Roomba in the background)
The cat is sitting on top of a
Describer: A man and a woman are sitting awkwardly at a coffee shop.
Justin: "Hey, Britney."
Describer: Britney sits, looking at her phone, reading text messages from friends.
Justin: "You're obviously not interested in me."
Describer: Britney looks up, rolls her eyes.
Britney: "Sorry - we shouldn't have gone out."
Justin: "Obviously."Describer: Justin leaves, while Britney sits looking at the clock.
The descriptions need to be user-centric.
Remember an experience that you've needed to tell so vividly to truly convey what happened. One of those "OMG - you needed to be there to know what happened" type of events. Well, that's what this WCAG 2.0 element is all about.
It's not about captioning speech, but telling the story of what's happening, so that everybody can experience very important, life-altering content, such as a video with life necessities of a cat in a shark costume, sitting on a Roomba, while a baby duck bobbles around it in a circle. While this may seem like a funny/ entertaining video, it's imperative that the web is accessible to all, regardless of how important the content actually is.
Audio descriptions in video vs. text descriptions
Actually producing your video takes the most time. The timely part of video production is the video itself. Once that's done, adding audio descriptions to video vs. text descriptions shouldn't be terribly
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