Description

Description

Realtime Description

What is Realtime Description?

Realtime description provides live narration of a program’s visual content as it occurs. Realtime description is a growing service in the accessibility world, as more and more organizations are providing for their blind and low-vision constituents a full audio description of their live media. Realtime description verbally communicates the key visual components that able-viewing audiences of the content would see – settings, critical plot actions, facial expressions, on-screen text, and more – so that no one misses a thing.


Who benefits from Realtime Description?

  • Media and Entertainment: Live television, sports, and news; broadcast special events; theater performances
  • Business: High-visibility events, training, and development
  • Education: Events, commencements, and lectures
  • Government: Special events, training, and development

How does Captionmax help?

  • Captionmax’s cutting edge technology offers top-quality description streamed live to your network or event.
  • Our full in-house staff is on-call to accommodate all of your Realtime video needs.
  • Captionmax invests time to ensure our creative video describers are highly trained, skilled, and creative.
  • Need something simple?  Or, have a style guide that is 500 pages long?  No problem.  Our technology-supported flexible workflows can be designed to meet the most basic or complex client needs.
  • Compliance with accessibility requirements such as ADA, WCAG 2.0 Level A and WCAG 2.0 Level AA, and Section 508.

Pre-recorded Description

What is Pre-recorded Description?

Pre-recorded Description makes the visual content of any video accessible to blind and low-vision audiences. Captionmax mixes a secondary audio track around the source dialogue to verbally narrate important visual details – settings, critical plot actions, facial expressions, on-screen text, and more – so that audiences don’t need to see their screen to still experience what’s taking place on it.


Who benefits from Pre-recorded Description?

  • Media and Entertainment: Television and movies, as well as creators of online videos
  • Business: Training videos, marketing materials, pre-produced company-wide messaging
  • Government: Training and public messaging
  • Education: Commencement events, student and faculty content, marketing videos

How does Captionmax help?

  • Our talented staff of writers, editors, voiceover artists, and audio engineers will script, record, and mix descriptive audio in-house.
  • We pay attention to detail in all description projects, emphasizing smooth delivery, correct pronunciation, and appropriate tone.
  • We offer quick-turn timing in English, Spanish and French Canadian, with file deliverables mixed with the source audio or unmixed (voiceover only).  Need it in another language?  Captionmax can also provide other same-as-source language pre-recorded description upon request.
  • Need something simple? Or, have a style guide that is 500 pages long? No problem. Our technology-supported flexible workflows can be designed to meet the most basic or complex client needs.
  • Compliance with accessibility requirements such as WCAG 2.0 Level A and WCAG 2.0 Level AA, and Section 508. 
  • Clients can choose from four options for Pre-Recorded Description: 
  • A fully mixed audio file for broadcast or streaming workflows (mono, stereo, and 5.1 mixes) (WCAG 2.0 Level AA)
  • A fully mixed descriptive audio track embedded into a video file for broadcast or VOD delivery (mono, stereo, and 5.1 mixes) (WCAG 2.0 Level AA)
  • A text-based descriptive script to be used for screen readers (usually a .pdf or .vtt) (WCAG 2.0 Level A)
  • Expanded description for dialogue-heavy content, which includes video editing services to provide more time to insert our narrative description into the audio. (WCAG 2.0 Level AA)