• Stéphane Brisebois

CRIM and elokutio join forces to make audio visual content accessible to all!

February 28th,  2019 – Montreal, Canada

CRIM is pleased to announce the pursuit of its partnership with Technoleads Services Inc. for the commercialization of its described video technology.

Described Video (DV or audio description) is an audio recording that describes the actions within audiovisual content (film, TV series, etc.) to make it more easily accessible to the visually impaired or blind. To this day, described videos are mostly produced using basic tools, both to generate the script and for the audio track recording. Such processes are long and costly.

The VDManager software, developed by CRIM, combines several audiovisual content analysis methods related to artificial intelligence in order to facilitate the work of described video writers, thus greatly reducing the time required to produce the script. To create the DV audio track, one can then hire professional narrators or simply leverage the synthesized voice and post-production technologies imbedded within VDManager to generate an audio track automatically.

CRIM's described video technology has been commercially available on the local and international scene since June 2018 under the elokutio™ label operated by Technoleads.


  • CRIM's VDManager software aims to partially automate described video production, with the aim to increase the quantity of works available while reducing costs and delays for content producers and distributors.

  • The agreement with Technoleads concerns the use of CRIM's described video production technology, which facilitates the insertion of the audio track in the silences between dialogues in films or TV series without interrupting playback.

  • elokutio™ provides its services to broadcasters, over the top (OTT) media providers and media producers worldwide.

This partnership allows CRIM and Technoleads to address the needs of the audiovisual creative industry by offering a faster and more affordable alternative for the production of universally accessible content. It also fosters social innovation by contributing to the digital inclusion of people with visual disabilities.

Using technology for social innovation: part of CRIM's DNA from day one!

CRIM has been working in the field of digital accessibility and E-inclusion for almost 20 years. Today, the importance of this societal issue is being recognized at the Canadian and international levels. For instance, Netflix now offers video description for most of its original series, some of which feature synthetic voice*. These recent developments signal a bright future for CRIM's technology, which allows a 30-50% reduction of the time required to produce a videodescription**.


Gagnon, L., Chapdelaine, C., Byrns, D., Foucher, S., Héritier, M. and Gupta, V. "Computer-

**Vision-Assisted System for Videodescription Scripting" In 3rd workshop Computer Vision Application for Visually-Impaired (CVAVI 10) - A Satellite Workshop of IEEE CVPR 2010. San Francisco, CA, USA, June 13-18, 2010.

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About CRIM

CRIM is an applied research and expertise centre in information technology, dedicated to making organizations more effective and competitive through the development of innovative technology and the transfer of leading edge know-how, while contributing to scientific advancement.

It helps organizations, primarily SMBs, demystify and gain access to leading-edge technology, such as artificial intelligence, to efficiently address the technological challenges they face. Its IT researchers and professionals develop a wide array of applications in diverse areas and work in such fields of expertise as machine learning, computer vision, speech recognition, automatic natural language processing, data science and operational research.

CRIM is a non-profit organization whose neutrality and strong network make it an indispensable resource. Its work is in line with the policies and strategies of its major financial partner, the ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation.


Antonia Leney-Granger, Communications Agent CRIM – Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal | | Tel. : 514 840-1234