Thread Subject: Re: teitac-video Captioning Definition
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From: Deborah Buck
Date: Thu, Mar 15 2007 8:50 AM
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Tony- I took a stab at the captioning definition purely as a starting point-
thanks for sharing with your committee to vet and change. I looked at what
was on the AV groups section of the wiki as a base and went from there.
Your group also suggested that the Subpart A group include a definition for
video description. I'm including that too so your group can fix both.
The insertion of verbal or auditory description(s) of on-screen visuals
intended to describe important visual details that are not contained or that
cannot be understood from the main audio output alone. Audio descriptions
supplement the regular audio track of the program and are usually inserted
between dialogue narration to provide information about actions, characters,
and on-screen text that appears without verbailization. Video descriptions
are a way to let people who are blind or have low vision know what is
happening on screen.
Question: Does the definition need to distinguish between audio and video
transcription? Should the definition include the following: In these
standards the term video description is used rather than audio description.
The term audio description is reserved for verbal descriptions of live
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Subject: [teitac-subparta] teitac-video Captioning Definition
As we discussed yesterday, since "captioning" significantly impacts our
AV subcommittee I pulled this "Captioning" definition from the Subpart A
subcommittee for our review and comments rather than draft our own
Captions are synchronized text display(s) of information that is
presented on the screen in an audio format. Captions appear as written
representation of onscreen audio narration or spoken dialogue, Captions
are similar to subtitles, but also convey non-dialogue auditory
information that is important to the video, such as on- and off-screen
sound effects, music, and laughter that are synchronized with the images
on the screen."
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