Audio description tool for online video available

Finally! An easy way to create and publish online videos with audio description. Dutch initiative has created an affordable online tool with which you can create audio descriptions, captions and a video’s transcript for any online video. With these three supportive ingredients added to a video, you fully comply with the European WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility guidelines. The platform also provides the video player to publish the video in a fully accessible way on your website. Do you rather use YouTube embeds on your website? No problem. Scribit pro also created a YouTube embed ‘add-on’ with which you can activate the audio description you created in the platform, as a simultaneous play-out alongside, the original soundtrack of the video. You can view a video of the EBU organization as example. You will find the video’s with optional audio description in two different players the link below. There is an audio description button beneath the videoplayers that activates the audio description.

Scribit’s online tool is very easy to use for people who can use there sight to create descriptions of what is seen on screen. You only need the share link of a YouTube video and you can get started. You type in your descriptions which transform into speech in real time. When you are satisfied with the results, you can download the accessibility files or publish them on your website directly. Currently there are two English audio description voices available in the software, a male and a female voice.

The software is available as a per-video purchase or with an (annual) subscription fee. You can try out scribit pro software without any obligations. Create your free trial account here. If you can’t find the time to create the descriptions yourself? Not to worry. Scribit pro has professionals available to do it for you. Video assignments can be ordered online.

Driving force behind the initiative is the Bartimeus Fund, a Dutch NGO that closely works together with the Eye Association in the Netherlands, our EBU member in the Netherlands. Aware of the challenges regarding accessibility of video in other countries, Bartimeus Fund and the Eye Association support as an international start-up. Adding other languages is possible. If you are interested in a local partnership with please get in touch through email: