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audio-only alternatives for video?


From: Carol Foster
Date: Oct 23, 2001 2:51PM

We are looking at our first attempt to add audio descriptions of visual
information to a video clip. The question came up about whether or not
it would be okay to make a separate audio-only version of the clip and
add the extra descriptions to that, rather than having to combine
everything and have to pause the video to fit in all the extra words.
The only drawback I could think of off the top of my head would be for
people with low vision who would need the enhanced audio but may want to
also see the synchronized video. I have never seen any examples of this
being done. I think the only examples I've seen of audio descriptions
are the WGBH ones where everything is combined, including the Pivot
project where the video is stopped. Our multimedia person thought it
might be easier to edit just the audio on its own, but we are all pretty
new to making multimedia accessible.
What do you all think?
Carol Foster, Web Developer
Internet Publishing Group, Information Technology Services
University of Massachusetts, President's Office
(413) 587-2130