Title: Described Video Information and animation: a case study of Odd Job Jack

Authors: Bertha M. Konstantinidis, Emily Price, Jonas Diamond, Deborah I. Fels

Addresses: Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St., Toronto, Canada. ' Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St., Toronto, Canada. ' Smiley Guy Studios, 444 Bathurst St. Studio 2, Toronto, Canada. ' Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St., Toronto, Canada.

Abstract: We assess the potential demand for video description technology to determine the viability of Description Video Information and Entertainment (DVIE) as a product for sighted viewers. Two forms of DVIE, with visuals and an audio-only version (original audio track plus DVIE), were produced for a television series, Odd Job Jack (OJJ). Sighted individuals from the target group (18-35 years) and from an older age group (65+) evaluated these different versions. Results showed that many people were fairly entertained by OJJ with DVIE. Those who enjoyed the show also indicated that they would be willing to pay a small amount to purchase an audio-only.

Keywords: described video; described audio; accessible media; video description technology; animation; description video information and entertainment; DVIE; video descriptions.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSHC.2008.020484

International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing, 2008 Vol.1 No.1, pp.108 - 122

Available online: 27 Sep 2008 *

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