AD case study: immersive soundscape with audio subtitles

This immersive 360 degree clip is an excerpt of Foxfinder, a theatre play by Dawn King staged at Residenztheater Marstall in Munich. 

In this demo, audio description is given the immersive audio treatment to complement the spatial audio of the original clip and sustain the immersion. Since the clip is in German, audio subtitles have also been provided. Both subtitles and audio description have been allocated angles in the soundscape. Spoken subtitles are placed next to the corresponding on-screen speakers and audio description is linked to the action being described. 

Viewers were also asked to listen to an audio introduction for greater familiarity with the set and characters before watching the clip.

Content credit: This immersive 360 degree clip is an excerpt of Foxfinder, a theatre play by Dawn King staged at Residenztheater Marstall in Munich.

Copyright: 2018, Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel, Christian Felder, IAN-Solutions GmbH & CO KG and Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH.

Traditional 360 experiences for sighted audiences rely heavily on viewers responding to on-screen action and therefore, the same rules apply to people with sight loss. The aim here was to improve orientation and understanding of where the characters are in relation to the on-screen action.

However, in a scene with more action and characters, the challenge would be to strike a balance so that the access tracks do not end up jumping around the 360 degree space too much, which could be unsettling for viewers.