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RE: audio-only alternatives for video?

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From: Carol Foster
Date: Oct 24, 2001 6:56AM


Thanks! I'll pass this along. We are using QuickTime.
Carol
Andrew Kirkpatrick wrote:
> Carol,
> 1) What kind of video? Real, QT, WMP?
> 2) What is ideal, from the user's perspective, is to be required to download
> only the data that is useable to them. If a user is blind, the program
> audio and audio descriptions are the pieces that are useable, so a version
> with no program video will be a faster download. You are right about people
> who are visually impaired wanting the video as well as the audio
> descriptions (or a blind user sitting with a non-blind user), so these
> people need all three parts. People who don't need the audio descriptions
> only need the program audio and video, and shouldn't need to download the
> extra data.
>
> Compounding this problem is the fact that not all players provide
> functionality to allow the user to turn audio descriptions on and off. The
> new RealONE player does, but it is a beta. QT does, but all tracks need to
> be downloaded and a toggle inserted into the movie just turns the audio
> description track on or off.
>
> There are different strategies for dealing with this situation depending on
> the type of video you are serving up. Let us know what you are using...
>
> Andrew
>
> On 10/23/01 4:51 PM, Carol Foster ( <EMAIL REMOVED> ) wrote:
>
> > Hello,
> >
> > 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?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Carol
> >
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