RESOURCES, TIPS & TOOLS
We discovered some new tools and techniques while preparing, making and promoting this movie and we’d like to share some of those with you so we can all use assistive technology and put out media for all. We’ll be adding to the list constantly, so keep coming back for more.
ClipsSpread some video joy to ALL
Apple’s Clips allows you to create fun videos that you can share with friends through Messages, Instagram, Facebook and other popular social networks.
With Clips, users can create multi-clip videos without any complicated editing tools. Just hold the record button to take videos and photos, or add them from your Photo Library. Users can then add filters, speech bubbles, shapes and emojis.
One of the coolest features of the Clips app is Live Titles. With Live Titles users can record themselves speaking and captions are automatically generated, appearing on screen perfectly synced with the user’s voice. This is ideal for the hearing impaired/deaf viewers.
Twitter PicsAdd descriptions to your twitter pics
When you Tweet photos using the Twitter app for iOS or Android, or on twitter.com, you have the option to compose a description of the images so the content is accessible to people who are visually impaired.
Automatic alternative (alt) text is a feature that uses object recognition technology to create a description of a photo for the blind and vision-loss community. Add alt text to your Facebook images.
Facebook also allows you to create closed captions for your video’s, that’s great for both the hearing impaired and those who mute their phones.
YouDescribeYouDescribe is a free, web-based platform for adding audio description to YouTube content.
YouDescribe users currently include:
- Universities making educational materials accessible to blind students.
- Family members describing content for other family members.
- Fans describing favorite videos for the world.
- And professional describers providing quick and easy services to clients.
We’ve done 3 videos already!
ActiviewMaking the movie experience accessible for everyone.
Amplified Audio: Increased volume for those who are hard of hearing.
Translations: Listen or read along with the movie in your language of choice.
Audio Description: A description of the visuals for the blind and visually impaired.
Closed Captioning: Subtitles for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Sign Language: A video interpretation of the dialogue, great for deaf children.
SublerFor creating descriptive audio tracks for your video files
Subler is an Mac OS X app created to mux and tag mp4 files. The main features includes:
- Creation of tx3g subtitles tracks, compatible with all Apple’s devices (iPod, AppleTV, iPhone, QuickTime).
- Mux video, audio, chapters, subtitles and closed captions tracks from mov, mp4 and mkv.
- Raw formats: H.264 Elementary streams (.h264, .264), AAC (.aac), AC3 (.ac3), Scenarist (.scc), VobSub (.idx).
- metadata editing and TMDb, TVDB and iTunes Store support.
Accessibility-Ready WordPress Themes
It’s no longer an option! Websites have to be responsive and accessible. Here’s some WordPress themes that are ready to go!
Also check out the many cool plugins and tool available for WordPress users to check accessibility and optimize your website or blog.