Described Video (DV)
Described Video is the narration of the visual elements of an audio-visual program. This narration allows the listener to paint a mental picture of the setting. Videos that have been described will have a D with two semi-circles radiating from the round side of the D. This is the universal symbol for Described Video.
While Described Video is the process of adding narration after the material has been written, Integrated Described Video (IDV) includes the DV process into the scriptwriting process. It is part of the dialogue rather than narrated over the script. For more information, please see the links in the menu on the right.
Described Video is useful in many ways:
- for those with a visual impairment
- as auditory learning aids
- for language development
- as audiobooks
- for those on the autism spectrum
Described Video can be requested through the Described Video and Captioning Request Tool for students as part of an accommodation.