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Audio Descriptions on YouTube | Accessibility | #AudioDescribeYT [AD] [cc]

Audio Descriptions on YouTube | Accessibility | #AudioDescribeYT [AD] [cc]


– [Voiceover] James Rath, a caucasian man, stands firmly in front of his desk towards the audience. He looks around, wondering where this voice is coming from. – Hey everyone, James Rath here. What you just heard was
an audio description. What is an audio description? Well, that is basically when a extra track of audio is narrating the key visual points of a video. Have you ever wondered how people who are visually impaired
or completely blind go to the movies and enjoy visual content? Well, it’s thanks to audio descriptions. Not only can we hear the
sound effects, the dialogue, but we’re also able to just
kind of hear what’s happening. Giving context, by a description of what’s happening in the video. It’s so important that, especially online, that video content is accessible, because audio descriptions
don’t just benefit the blind They also benefit people who
have cognitive disabilities, or if you just wanna watch a video, but close your eyes and
maybe try to go to sleep, but still have context to
what you’re listening to. It’s perfect for that scenario – [Voiceover] As one
word, #audiodescribeYT – The internet is full of
amazing content creators, and it’s awesome that so many people have quick and easy access to
these sorts of creators and can enjoy their content. However there are people
who are just unable to watch or enjoy YouTube videos, thanks to not having closed
captions on your videos, or YouTube in general not having anything like audio descriptions
included in the video player. Audio descriptions have already been successfully implemented in services like Netflix and iTunes. The majority, if not all of
Netflix’s original content has audio descriptions. But there’s plenty of other content from other networks and shows that have audio descriptions as an option. Even some movie theaters have had audio descriptions for many years. Google and YouTube are fairly accessible, but YouTube’s lacking
in the one department which is audio descriptions. YouTube, it’s 2016. I think it’s time that we
step up the accessibility game just a bit more and
include audio descriptions. Although I make videos that are universal, as a content creator who’s legally blind, I wanna be able to reach an audience that relates to me on a visual level. Adding the ability for content creators to add audio descriptions through videos could be easily implemented. YouTube already allows the option to put an extra audio track
on an already existing video. Usually this is done
for copyright purposes and it’s from YouTube’s specific library. But being able to upload an audio file, or even record directly
to YouTube’s website, an extra audio file that would allow me to just narrate the key
visual elements of my videos, would be super handy and for those who are
blind, visually impaired, or have cognitive disabilities. Much like closed captions, this isn’t a feature that
has to be on all the time. It could just be a button that says “AD” at the bottom of a player, and you just enable it if
you want audio descriptions to play during your video. And just as a bonus,
YouTube should also include the ability for creators to upload the entire transcription of our videos. That way if there’s a visually impaired or blind user using a screen reader, they’re able to easily just
have their screen reader, like ZoomText, VoiceOver, or Narrator, and it would just read everything that’s happening during the video. Why would creators want to
put in the time and effort to audio describe their videos? Well, to put it simply is, if you do so, you’re gonna have access
to a whole new audience that can come and enjoy your videos now that they’re more accessible. That means more comments, more likes, and more subscribers. Much like closed captions, if your videos are audio described, in the search, you’re more than likely going to pop up more in the top, because of just how more
accessible they are, and having your videos more accessible sort of influences where you rank in the search bar of YouTube and Google. Obviously, it wouldn’t be a requirement for creators to audio
describe their videos. But, again, there’s benefits on both ends. Besides, it’s 2016, let’s
try to make our videos inclusive and accessible. My voice is only so loud. I’m asking creators to
create videos of their own and talk about audio descriptions, what they are, and why they would audio describe their videos. This way, we can show YouTube the kind of support that’s behind this, and just make YouTube more accessible for a whole new audience. And lastly, vision is a privilege. Some of us are born with it, some are not. Some of us lose it, some of us don’t. You never know when a freak
accident could happen, you never know when you
might get a disease, or you might just lose vision as you age. Vision is a privilege, not
everyone is born with it. Don’t take it for granted. As a creator, I never know if I’m gonna lose all my vision. I personally would love to go back and be able to enjoy my
old content, my old videos, and cherish those memories by having it more accessible for my future self. That’s all I really
have to say about that, but leave your thoughts down below and if you support audio
descriptions on YouTube, share this video with YouTube. Share this video with other creators, share this video with everyone and we can make YouTube accessible, we can make YouTube a larger community than it is already. Thank you guys, bye. – [Voiceover] He covers the
camera lens with his hand and walks off screen. Last Video, Short Film, subscribe. JamesRath.LA. Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube. @JamesRath.

25 thoughts on “Audio Descriptions on YouTube | Accessibility | #AudioDescribeYT [AD] [cc]

  1. Yes! I never thought of this! I try to caption my videos but I never thought to do audio descriptions and I should. It would be such a help for cognitive and visually impared

  2. I'm so pumped to share & tweet the hulk out of this, make a vid supporting you and anything else I can do, omg yes to more accessibility for YT in 2016!

    As a fairly new creator myself for my collab channel Chronicles, which specifically talks about disability (re: chronic illness mostly atm but looking also to expand to other areas of disability to support the rest of the community), I'm always looking for new ways to make it more accessible to everyone & this inspires me so much. thank you for your insight! 💪💪💪

  3. I personally don't make youtube videos, but I do enjoy this one webcomic called Homestuck. A few weeks back, I wanted to reccomend it to a friend of mine when I realized that it was entirely inaccessible to anyone who is blind (which my friend is). So my friend and I started a project called the Accessible Homestuck Project to add image descriptions to the entire comic, provide it in way formatted best for screen readers and for braille readers, and to have the entire thing voice acted with image descriptions. I'm not trying to say this as a "Oh, look at me doing this amazing thing!!" but rather because I think it's something you or others on this channel might be interested in.

  4. Yes!!! Not sure how I didn't find your channel earlier, but happily subscribing now. I look forward to more great content ☺️

  5. Have you heard of Zagga TV? It is similar to Netflix, but all of its content has visual description on all of it's movies and TV shows.

  6. thanks for this video, I don't know why I didn't think about AD on YT! 2016 is here, it's time to get into the game!

  7. I like this video. Did you know that I'm actually blind completely question if you didn't I am, I am blind. I can't see anything. I was just searching YouTube with voiceover for audio description, and I just saw this video and I was like oh man this is cool. Thank you.

  8. Hey Man, great video. I've totally wondered why YouTube, Vimeo, and other video platforms don't have options for a switchable AD track. Makes sense to have it, and would be so much more convenient than uploading two separate versions and directing your relative viewers to the right one. I hope they hear the requests and implement a feature like that.

    I have a short film in the works right now, and I've been doing a ton of research into accessibility. I want to make sure everything I create is as easy to consume and comprehensive as possible for everyone.

    Thanks for not only making this video, but also for the multitude of informative videos you've made about how people who are visually impaired consume video content.
    Cheers

  9. This is wonderful, thank you, James, for posting this video. Now that Section 508 is going to require audio descriptions for U. S. government videos I'm hoping that YouTube/Google/Alphabet enables audio descriptions. As it is, in testing federal government sites against WCAG 2.0, I am at a loss as to what to tell our developers who use videos. They are trying to be compliant — but I am not sure their methods are adequate. (They are using CC for both the audio descriptions and the dialogue which makes a lot of unnecessary reading for the Deaf).

  10. Sure, it's the end of 2017, but in 2018–I want to be that change!

    I've been learning to translate French and ASL into understandable thoughts. While many blind people know and speak my language (English), they, too, could use some translators. While much of the world they can interpret through smell, touch, and especially hearing, I want to describe the visual aspects of many videos on YouTube. Granted, I'm sure there's a lot of research that must be done before I start to offer Audio Descriptions (now I'm going to watch some movies on Netflix and listen to the AD).

    Thank you for sharing this!

  11. I'm blind and usually I can tell what might be going on in a movie or TV show. However, I am glad there are movies with audio description. As a matter of fact my sister had me visit her to watch a movie and she put on the audio description for me. This meant my dad didn't have to describe everything and talk through the movie which my sister hates. Audio descriptions throughout a movie never or rarely talk over the actors.

  12. Supposedly WebVTT supports video description that can be read by screen readers.

    Saw Good Mythical Morning uses WebVTT for line positions and font colour. But not sure if I found an example of WebVTT for blind watchers.

  13. I went to see
    Love, Simon.
    And they had audio description. It was so amazing! I cried! And the guy that was describing was very good. I really really liked it!

  14. Hey thank you for talking about audio description. I am blind and this is a wonderful feature !

    Yes Netflix, and most of its new shows, have audio description.
    That is really really awesome! Thank you! Kimmy Schmidt would not be the same!

    But yes I agree with you! YouTube come on! And Hulu! Both of you need audio description! It’s 2018 now let’s go!

  15. Hi, thanks for making this video. We are new YouTube creators (only two months in), but want to add [AD] to our content so our own kids can enjoy the videos we make about them!

  16. Hola!  I Hope you're doing well!  My name is Lauren.  You just made me and my best friend cry bc we want the same thing you do.  That is all videos on youtube to be audio described!  I happen to be blind and my ebst friend is vi.  We would love to share our stories with you and talk with you on our podcast!  Feel free to send us a message on here.  Our youtube channel is spirit of Avalor podcast!

  17. i was looking up how to make audio descriptions so i could make youtube vids i wanna make more accessible but. ofc youtube doesnt support it :/

  18. i dont see why they cant at least give youtubers the option to add their own audio descriptions. it should be a button like you can turn on and off subtitles

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