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A New Tool Allows Anyone to Add Audio Description to YouTube Videos


Many YouTube videos have captioning, but almost none have descriptive audio. Now thanks to a new tool from the Smith-Kettlewell Video Description Research and Development Center, anyone can add descriptive audio to a YouTube video. According to the article from Media Access Australia, here are the steps to add the descriptive audio track:

"1. Copy and paste a YouTube URL into the YouDescribe search box and click on Search .

  1. The YouTube video will appear with an option to 'Create/Edit Descriptions'. Select this option.
  2. Using the 'Play/Pause' option on the video player, pause when you wish to insert audio description.
  3. Use the 'Record' option to record your audio description then select Upload to upload the new audio file.
  4. Continue this process until the end of the video.
  5. When the process is complete you can log out or return to the YouDescribe search page where your video should appear at the top of the video list. The video can be played with audio description."

Hopefully this tool will result in many more youtube videos having descriptive audio tracks.

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For the past three years Alena has been a feature writer for the online magazine Matilda Ziegler. She has also been a contractor for the Oregon Commission for the Blind, helping blind adults learn to use adaptive technology. She is studying to be a teacher of the visually impaired at Portland State. You might also recognize her from the Serotalk podcast Triple Click Home.


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