Audio Description Basics
- Use of Natural pauses in existing soundtrack to insert descriptions of visual elements such as actions, settings, appearance of characters, body language, costumes, lighting, and on-screen text.
- Describe what is seen and do not interpret and try to describe objectively.
- Keep language consistent.
- Do NOT censor the material.
- Provide a separate script and record to a separate audio track.
- If possible, allow the narrator’s voice to compliment the video. An appropriate tone should be used based on the levity of the topic. If possible, use a voice to compliment the topic being Audio Described.
- A trained individual is recommended to narrate and/or write the descriptions.
Adapted from accessibility resources at Penn State University