Toronto Descriptive Video Services

John Hauber Productions is a Toronto-based company that makes television accessible to the 10% of the population who are vision impaired through descriptive video services.

Our expertise is knowing ‘what to’ describe and ‘how to‘ describe it to the vision impaired.  We have over 10 years experience in described video production, having described over ten thousand hours of movies, TV series, documentaries, shorts and commercials.  We would love to hear from you about your project’s needs.

What Type of Described Projects Do We Work With?

We produce Descriptive Video (DV) versions of TV programs, features as well as short films and commercials.

We Can Help You Regardless of Your Location

Even though our head office is based in Toronto, we can service clients worldwide.  Because we can deal with all video files digitally via the web we can service clients just about anywhere in the world as long as they have access to the internet.

We Have The Experience to Handle Your Described Video Project

Some of our clients have included (or have had their shows air on) Global TV, IMAX Corporation, CityTV, CTV, Space, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Comedy Network.

Why Described Video is Important to Your Production?

Described video (DV) is a service that makes your video project more accessible to an ever-growing audience of 1.5 million blind and vision restricted Canadians. The CRTC is mandating more hours of descriptive video broadcasting to meet this increasing demand. Having your Canadian: documentary, TV series, movies, short films,  or internet films described for the visually impaired is great investment and allows you to reach a huge audience.

How Described Video Works?

In order to view an audio described program, a television viewer accesses their secondary audio program (SAP) track to hear a voice-over narration in between the lines of dialogue. Descriptive Video (DV) is the closed-captioning equivalent for the vision impaired. It`s an audio track containing all the original elements of a particular piece of video content (TV show, film, internet) plus a narration of all additional visual elements. This narration describes all of the on-screen action as it unfolds, including the actions and appearance of the characters and their environments and what is not communicated through the dialogue, music, or sound effects.

Essentially, DV provides a more enriching video experience for the blind. And as 10% of the North American population is blind or vision impaired, creating accessible content is critical.

Example DV Demo Reel

View more demos here.

Contact our Toronto Office today to get a DV consultation about your Descriptive video project.