Australia’s blind and low vision community will finally be able to enjoy audio description on free to air TV when the service launches on ABC and SBS programming this month.
From June 28, the ABC and SBS will both provide 14 hours of audio-described programming each week after the Federal Government announced funding for the service in late 2019.
Blind Citizens Australia 2019 National Convention was held in Hobart this year. The recordings of Convention Sessions and Workshops are now available.
CADET is free, downloadable caption-authoring software that enables anyone to produce high-quality caption files that are compatible with any media player that supports the display of captions. CADET can also be used to generate audio-description scripts. CADET does not require an internet connection in order to operate: it runs locally in any Web browser, so users do not need to upload private videos or proprietary content to servers or video-hosting sites in order to create captions.
It is always a challenge to identify when an audio description is required. Vision Australi's WCAG guidelines for audio description support this decision-making process.