Guidelines for Video Description

Guidelines for Video Description

Describing videos take a real talent. There are rules to follow so as not to over power the video with too much description but to provide enough information to keep the story moving. Cartoon shows are great examples of when a description is needed to understand what is going on. Try it sometime; close your eyes and watch 5 minutes of Bugs Bunny. Now, describe the next five minutes as if you are talking to someone on the phone.

This link takes you to the Described and Captioned Media Project’s page giving direction on how to describe. This is great to share with classmates providing impromptu descriptions of videos, parents describing a home movie, or a friend describing a play. Doing this well takes practice. Another interesting thought is that being a describer is one of those jobs of the up and coming generation that did not exist when we were in school.


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