September 26th marked CaptionMax’s 18th annual Consumer Advisory Board meeting, which was every bit as fun as it was productive. Our board members are consumers of video description and closed captioning, consumer advocates, and educators of blind and deaf children. They travel from near and far to come together and discuss the finer points of media accessibility, particularly within the realm of video description.
In addition to talking about larger regulatory facets of description, like the expansion from the top 25 largest local affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox to the top 60 television markets for the top four broadcast networks, the board discussed a number of scenarios that come up frequently. These scenarios included the best way to describe transitional shots, archaic technology, camera effects, flashbacks, and flash-forwards. There was also a great deal of discussion regarding the nuance that goes into creating voice-over for different types of programming.
We owe a debt of gratitude to our board members for the time they spend with us each year. The wealth of insight their diversity of experience brings to our organization helps refine our best practices and grow our expertise in the field of media accessibility.