Audio Description - How To Edit

Step 1 – Log in

Log in to your 3Play Media account at http://account.3playmedia.com

login

Step 2 – Select audio description file to edit

From the My Files page, select Audio Descriptions Complete to see your completed audio description files. Click the file name of the completed file you would like to edit.

click the name of your completed audio description file

 

Step 3 – Edit your audio description

From the File page, click the AD Preview button, then click Edit

 Click Preview > Edit

The following edit functionalities are available to you:

Edit existing text

Click into any text window to edit the existing text. Click the refresh icon to reprocess the synthesized speech and hear your updated description.

The editing interface is highlighted around a text edit box

Nudge the timecode of your description

Click the forwards and backwards arrows to move the timecode of your description by 0.1 seconds at a time. You can not move a description so it overlaps with another description. If you nudge a description so it overlaps speech, a red warning will appear. If your file is extended, we will expand or shrink a description by .1 seconds at a time to fit in the available space.

The editing interface is highlighted around two arrows that allow users to nudge the timecode by 0.1 seconds at a time

Add new descriptions

To add a new description, navigate to the location in the video player where you want the description to appear. Then, click the blue + icon. A new description text window will be added at the timecode displayed on the video player. Click the refresh icon to reprocess the synthesized speech and hear your new description.

The editing interface is highlighted around a blue + icon with a tool tip that reads Add Description

Delete existing descriptions

If you want to delete a description, click the red X icon.

The editing interface is highlighted around a red X icon with a tool tip that reads Delete Description

Refresh synthesized speech

Any time a green play icon changes to a blue refresh icon, it indicates that your description has to be resynthesized. Click the refresh icon to play your updated description.

The editing interface is highlighted around a blue refresh icon with a tool tip that reads Send Edit for Synthesis

Phonetic pronunciation

You may find the following pattern in your descriptions: "[]//". Our describers use this syntax to specify synthesized speech pronunciation. Do not change this pattern unless you intend to change the pronunciation.

The editing interface is highlighted around text that uses the pattern []// to indicate phonetic pronunciation of a word

Search descriptions

To search for a specific word you want to edit, type the word into the Search Descriptions box and click enter.

The editing interface is highlighted around a search bar with the word skydiving typed into it - the word skydiving appears in search results just below

Extended Tag

If your file was submitted for extended description, you may notice an orange Extended tag. This indicates that the description is too long for the available space in the audio track, and your video will be paused to allow for the full description to be read.

The editing interface is highlighted around an orange button that reads Extended

Overlaps Speech Tag

If you nudge a description into speech, you will receive a red warning and an “Overlaps Speech” tag. We highly recommend reviewing the location of your description before finalizing.

The editing interface is highlighted around a red description with an Overlaps Speech tag

Revert to Original

If you’re unhappy with your changes, you can click Revert to Original. All changes will be reverted to the original description created by 3Play Media.

The editing interface is highlighted around a Revert to Original button

Save and Finalize

Note that if you save your changes and leave the page, changes will be visible in the AD preview but will not have propagated to any output files. You must click “Finalize” to save your changes and update your audio description output files.

The editing interface is highlighted around the Save and Finalize buttons

Step 4 - Download Your Updated Description Files

Your description will be temporarily unavailable for download and preview until your file has finished reprocessing.

Once your changes have finalized, you can download your updated audio description files. You can also preview your changes with synthesis by selecting the AD Preview button. If you decide that you would like to reject your changes, click Edit > Revert to Original. This will revert your file back to 3Play's original description.

 

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