Enhancing Audio Description

A research group from the University of York are working on a project called ‘Enhancing Audio Description’. In order to provide a more immersive experience for visually impaired people, they are looking into new ways to enhance Audio Description for film and television. By using advanced spatial audio techniques, they redefine the way in which audio is produced and used in films and television shows as well as how this audio is played back when listening over headphones. To further their studies, they require visually impaired volunteers to visit the University of York and take part in their second listening test. If there is a group of volunteers in other geographical areas that are unable to travel and can suggest a suitable venue they would be happy to organise listening tests in other cities to allow as many people as possible to participate.

The research process includes 3 main parts:

1) Completing a questionnaire about yourself
2) Watching a short film
3) Completing a questionnaire on your experience

The whole process will last about 90 minutes.

Participants will receive a £50 gift voucher and travel expenses within the UK will be covered.

The dates available for participants to take part in this study are 14th August to 28th August starting at any time between 9am and 4pm. If these dates are not convenient, please get in touch to find out whether they could organise another time.

Please email mariana.lopez@york.ac.uk or call on 01904 32 5248 with a preferred date and time.

For more information about the project please visit http://enhancingaudiodescription.com/

Dr Mariana Lopez
Lecturer in Sound Production and Post Production
Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York
Web: http://www.york.ac.uk/tftv/; http://www.marianajlopez.wordpress.com