Details about a free app through which Movies can be seen with ADM facilities.
It has finally happened! Saksham and XL Cinema received the original audio Movie track and the Audio Description Track after signing the agreement with Mr. Raju Hirani at 6 PM on July 19. By 3:30 AM on July 20, the Audio Description of the movie "Sanju" became live on XL Cinema. With the support and confidence of Sapient, Saksham has been able to take this positive and path-breaking step towards Inclusive Cinema. If you have already tried Sholay, then watching the movie in movie hall is just two clicks away.
. You just need to open the XL Cinema app
. Double tap on the ''Sanju'' AD Hindi to Hindi Double tap on Download audio ticket (download will begin Double tap on Play audio ticket)
. Go into the movie hall that is showing the movie "Sanju"
. Wait for the movie to begin
. Double tap on synchronizing the audio track button (headphone should not be plugged in at this time. you will feel vibration and message that audio synchronizing is going on) . You will feel the second vibration and a message to plug in the headphone. Just do that and start enjoying the movie with audio description
coming into your ears.
If you had not tried Sholay, then you will need to go through the one time process of downloading, Installation and registration process. Just for convenience, providing instructions for the same including the links for the
audio tutorial in Hindi:
The audio description facility synchronized with mainstream movie show is available through the app. The name of this app is "XL Cinema". This app is available for both Android and IOS. Thus you can enjoy the audio description on any android phone or on the I Phone.
XL Cinema app was created originally for listening to the movie in the language other than the one being played in the movie hall. Creators of this app have introduced a special feature and a mode in this app for enabling
listening to audio descriptions too. They have also spent a lot of effort into making this app accessible with the talkback and voice over.
I am providing a brief description and steps on how this app can be used while the mainstream movie is being shown on television or in a movie hall.
An audio tutorial for this has also been created in Hindi and is available on you Tube. Links for the same are:
How to register yourself on XL cinema app to listen to the audio described movies.
How to access audio described movies for persons with blindness through an app. XL CINEMA
We suggest that this app should be tested at home by downloading the Sholay movie from youtube, before going for watching Sanju in the mainstream cinema.
Audio description of the all-time favorite movie Sholay is available through this app for you to try out the use of this app for audio description. You can play the mainstream movie Sholay directly from YouTube and listen to the audio description through this app while the movie is playing on your device. If you do not have a very reliable internet connection, then I would recommend you to download the movie and then play it on your device for a smooth experience.
Note, Your phone should have an internet connection to use this app. You will need to download the Audio Description Track once before the start of the movie. After this too it is recommended that internet connectivity
remains active. However, if due to any reason, internet connectivity is not there, the audio description would still work. Internet connectivity provides better synchronization of audio description with movie's original
Once you download and install the app from google play store or App Store on the iPhone, you will need to open and register yourself for the first time. You can fill in all information such as your mail ID etc. or use option of registering using your Google or Facebook account. You will need to verify and validate the information to complete the information. This registration is a onetime process and this process will not be required when you open the app again.
Once registration is complete, you will land on the home page of the app.
Here, on the right top corner of the app area, you will find a button to switch the audio description mode on/off. Switch this mode on as it will provide a simple to use interface to enjoy the audio description.
The app will provide a short message about audio description facility. You can then navigate to button labeled as "Proceed to enable AD mode". Double tap on this button to activate the AD mode of XL Cinema app. The app remembers your preference and next time when you open the app it will take you straight in the Audio Description mode itself.
The first screen of app I AD mode has two buttons on left top and right top corners for menu and AD mode on/off.
Below these buttons, we have a bar from left with buttons for "Hone", audio description, my audio tickets, and Notifications". We can ignore this bar as of now.
Below this bar, we will get the list of movies for which audio description track is available. We will also have a button labeled "download data files for the content". double tap on this button to begin the download of the
Audio Description track.
Once the download is complete, we get two buttons on the screen below the name of the movie: "Delete Audio Track" and "Play Audio Ticket". To listen to the audio description we need to double tap on "Play Audio Ticket"
button. This will be being up another screen where the app is now ready to synchronize the audio description track with the audio of the movie. This synchronization is essential as the app needs to know the exact position of the movie to deliver the audio description at the right place. On this screen, you will have a button labeled: "Click to sync and play your track/shake your phone". "
Now, let the movie begin in the movie hall or from YouTube or on television.
Once the movie has started, simply shake your phone. Else, you could double tap on the button "Click to sync and play your track". On doing this, your phone with vibrates once. Note, at this time, headphone should not be
attached to the phone. The app will also give you the message that it is now synchronizing the Audio Description Track. After a few seconds, mobile with vibrate again. You will also receive a message if the synchronization is successful or not. If synchronization is successful, you can simply plug in
your headphones and start listening to the audio description of the movie.
On the screen while the audio description is being played, you will have the following options:
A. Play/pause: This will pause the audio description. On double tap on the same button, the audio description track will begin from the same place where you paused it.
B. Synchronise again: if after a pause or due to any other reason the audio description is not being played at the right place, you can use this option to synchronize the audio description with the audio being
played in the mainstream movie.
C. Refresh: This button will do fine adjustment is audio is slightly off from right position.
D. Manual fine adjustment: This is set of three controls for manual minor adjustment of the audio description track.
E. Interval: Pressing this button pauses the audio description and brings up a popup screen to restart the audio description. In the movies being released in movie halls, the pause of the audio description will happen automatically and there may not be a need to press the interval button. However, the restart button would need to be pressed after the interval.
It is highly recommended to try out the app with the Sholay movie for two reasons:
1. The movie is simply one of the greatest movies and you will enjoy this movie like never before with fantastic audio descriptions.
2. You will get the experience and will be ready to go to the movie hall and enjoy the movie as soon as the audio track of the same is released.
Let us know your experience of listening of audio description through XL Cinema app through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org that the same can be improved further.
The XL Cinema app is created by Mr Kunal Prasad and Ms Dipti Prasad. The Audio description facility is made available free of cost to all users.
Audio description being made available through XL Cinema app are created by Saksham under leadership of Ms. Rummi Seth with technical collaboration of Mr. Narender Joshi