ViScene: A Collaborative Authoring Tool for Scene Descriptions in Videos


Rosiana Natalie, Ebrima Jarjue, Hernisa Kacorri, and Kotaro Hara


Audio descriptions can make the visual content in videos accessible to people with visual impairments. However, the majority of the online videos lack audio descriptions due in part to the shortage of experts who can create high-quality descriptions. We present ViScene, a web-based authoring tool that taps into the larger pool of sighted non-experts to help them generate high-quality descriptions via two feedback mechanisms—succinct visualizations and comments from an expert. Through a mixed-design study with N = 6 participants, we explore the usability of ViScene and the quality of the descriptions created by sighted non-experts with and without feedback comments. Our results indicate that non-experts can produce better descriptions with feedback comments; preliminary insights also highlight the role that people with visual impairments can play in providing this feedback.