What is Audio Description? How is it done?

What is Audio Description? How is it done?

Audio description consists of an external voice speaking to parts other than dialogues in areas such as film or theater, describing the place, time, characters and silent events, describing their appearance and feelings. Cinema films, video films and everything in the nature of cinematographic works and theater plays are the whole of the techniques that allow the visually impaired to watch these works alone without help from anyone, by making a special editing of an external sound that fills the parts except the dialogues for the visually impaired.


For the visually impaired in scenes where there is no narrator or speech in a movie, series or theatre play, it is the way of describing the appearance and feel of the place, people, time and characters, and the way of depicting the visual elements and some movements that draw attention in that scene. Description, in a way, to draw pictures of beings, objects and events with words, to make beings visible with words, also reflects the impressions that qualities arouse in our inner world, in a simple conversation. Perceiving the defining qualities of beings through our sense organs such as sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell, and making them visible by specifying these qualities can be called. It is a way of expression for introducing assets, things and events with their most distinctive features and bringing their unique qualities to life. It appeals to the emotions and imagination of the reader, listener and viewer. In this way, the viewer imagines the scenes on the screen at that moment.


When there is no speech in a movie or theater play, when someone else enters, when a person leaves the room, the audio description system enters and conveys what happened to the audience. It is a kind of description of every event that continues on the screen by a general narrator, except for the dialogues of the characters and actors, of all other visual content used in movies, TV series, movies, advertisements and media. Audio description is among the main studies for the visually impaired.


How is Audio Description Made?

As an example, let's describe the following movie frame.Game of Thrones

External sound: Cold weather. Jon and Daenerys exchange a glance in front of a slope with a snow-covered waterfall view.

There are many visually impaired citizens in Turkey. BiberSA Production has undertaken a very different mission in this regard. Advertising and promotional films published in the media, e-learning It presents the content to the visually impaired by making audio descriptions, and thus, advertisements and promotional films reach the visually impaired audience. As part of its social responsibility project, BiberSA Production offers its movies with audio description to the service of the visually impaired with its volunteer team for the visually impaired.

Audio description has been very popular in movie narrations lately. We hope that this demand will also come to advertisements and promotional films. A qualified voice is generally not preferred when describing. However, attention is paid to having basic skills such as diction, intonation and articulation as a minimum. While describing, the voice actor watches the movie simultaneously and makes synchronous voiceovers. The synchronous description sound received by the technician is then mixed with the general sound of the film and a new render is made.

Such is the story of the audio description.

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