Audio Description Services

Matinée has been a trusted supplier to the Audio Description industry for over thirty years, and our experience is second to none. You can trust us to deliver exactly what you need, and at a price you can afford.
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Audio Description

Audio Description services for the blind & visually impaired

What is Audio Description?

Audio Description is an extra audio track used to make visual media more accessible for blind or partially sighted viewers.

In the natural gaps between dialogue, the Audio Description track explains what’s happening on the screen – everything from entrances and exits to scene changes and action sequences – right down to details about the appearance, gestures and facial expressions of the characters.

Services for Audio Description

By adding this vital narrative to the dialogue and sound effects that the audience can already hear, Audio Description transforms the experience of visual media for people with sight loss. It simply helps tell the full story. And because it’s on a separate track, it can be turned on and off and has no impact on other viewers.

This verbal depiction of key visual elements is so important for those with sight loss, as it allows them to enhance their overall entertainment experience, highlighting a vital step towards making digital media accessible for all.

Why do you need an Audio Description?

It’s becoming increasingly important to make video content more accessible to the visually impaired. Ofcom’s target for television access services has increased year-on-year and Audio Description is a key target for broadcasters; the BBC already provides the service on 20% of content on its main channels, and other channels are following suit.

Businesses too should consider making their video with Audio Description. There are almost two million people in the UK with sight loss – around one in 30. Most film releases now come with audio description built in, and an increasing number of DVDs are being released with an audio description track included. With Audio Description and subtitles your video will serve a much wider market.

But it’s not just blind and short-sighted audiences who can reap the benefits of audio description. By adding an AD track to a film or TV show, even more flexibility is provided to the audience. It allows viewers to consume video content in an eyes-free environment, much like the way we enjoy audiobooks and podcasts.

Why do you need an Audio Description

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Let us know your requirements and we’ll send you a cost for the project within just one hour. Please try and give us as much information as you have so that we can cost the project accurately. Please tell us the length of the script, language, number of voice artists required and what it will be used for.

You’ll also find our production quality second to none, and our service level to be top notch. We have a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of Audio Description.

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    Audio Description and subtitling for documentary ‘The Rochdale Pioneers’

    Case Study

    The Rochdale Pioneers is a true story of hope, determination and principles. Commissioned by the Co-operative British Youth Film Academy (BYFA), it tells the inspiring story of how a group of locals realised the power they had in working together.

    It was important to the BYFA to make this important documentary accessible to as many people as possible. Matinée worked with the director – John Montegrande to provide Audio Description and subtitling services for the deaf and hard of hearing.

    Matinée selected an experienced audio describer to write the script and cast the voice of Helen to provide the narration.

    Learn more about the documentary and order the DVD on the film website:

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    Audio description produced for the BFI

    Case Study

    This is a video demo put together for the BFI. It’s an old black and white clip from a Dick Tracy movie but it serves as an excellent example of Audio Description. In the first few moments there is some dialogue and action, and this is followed by a long suspense scene with no dialogue. It’s a very stylish film and the Audio Description fits the piece perfectly.
    Translation companies and production agencies

    Working with translation and production companies

    Adding audio visual services to your mix will create many new sales opportunities for your team

    Matinée has over thirty years of experience working alongside translation and production companies. So you can be sure our project managers are fully at home with the technical process of supervising and delivering localised material, in a professional manner. We can add translation, voiceover and subtitling to your company’s offering, which will appear seamless to your clients and yet mesh easily with the processes in your own departments.

    If you are a translation company, we will send you some helpful guidelines when providing us with copy or scripts, and we can either work from your translations or handle the whole project for you, including translation. If you are a production company, we will provide translations or subtitles in your preferred format; whether that’s subtitle-ready files (XML or PNG), or burnt in as fully-subtitled videos. Voiceover recordings can be supplied as edited files, or we can remix with the original music and effects and provide a finished video, ready to go.

    Working seamlessly with your team, we can take on all or part of the process, according to your needs, and help widen your service offering.

    Audio Description (AD) – GuideDogs fundraising DVD

    Case Study

    Matinée were asked to assist in the production of an awareness DVD aimed at raising funds for GuideDogs.  As part of the project we recorded voice-overs in Welsh language, as Wales is a regarded as a good fundraising area. The DVD also included Audio Description versions for the blind.

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