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Frequently Asked Questions: Disabled Access
The Berliner Festspiele are consistently attempting to expand their provision to become accessible to all. More and more items featured in the Berliner Festspiele’s Media library can be viewed with subtitles. In future we will also offer selected events with audio description.
How can I find content with subtitles or audio description?
You can find the content we offer by activating the relevant filters in the search function on the media library start page. It is also possible to use multiple filters at the same time, for example you can activate the filter “audio description” and enter a search term in the search field. Please note that the “audio description” filter can only be activated when there are current items with audio description in the media library.
You will also find a full text search facility in the header on all pages of the media library. If you enter a search term and confirm the entry, you will leave the current page and be directed to a page with your search results.
Are pre-filtered content lists available?
We have collected all available content with subtitles for you via the following link:
Overview of all current content with subtitles
How can I activate the subtitles on a video?
We use players from different third-party providers to deliver content in the media library. It is currently integrated with players from Vimeo, YouTube, SoundCloud, ARTE and other providers. Subtitles are activated slightly differently from player to player.
Vimeo: We use the Vimeo Player for most of the content in the Media library. You can recognise this player from the fact that no logos are visible in the video window. To display subtitles, activate the “CC” button on the control bar within the video window. This will open a selection window where you can activate subtitles in the languages that are available.
YouTube: You can recognise the YouTube Player from the YouTube logo in the control bar on the video player. On this control bar you will find a button that looks like a rectangle with two lines inside. Activate this button to display the subtitles. A selection window will open where you can activate subtitles in the languages that are available.
ARTE and SoundCloud: We do not currently have any subtitled content on these players.
Other players: Other providers are sometimes used for live streams and recordings of live streams. In these cases, do not activate the subtitles directly in the video window but using a control bar underneath the video window. On this control bar you will find a button that looks like a speech bubble with two lines inside. Activate this button, which will open an overlay window where you can activate subtitles in the languages that are available. Please note that when you do this, the video will restart.
How can I activate audio description?
We use various different players to run audio description.
In most cases you can activate audio description on a control bar underneath the video player using a button that looks like a speech bubble with two lines inside. When you activate this button, you are directed to a selection menu from which you can activate audio description. Please note that when you do this, the video will restart.
We also use players from ZDF and 3sat. You can recognise these players from the ZDF or 3sat logo in the video image. In these cases, the buttons also look like a speech bubble with two lines inside but are found on the control bar inside the video player. Activate this button to reveal the menu and select audio description.
Overall issues about the accessibility of these players are the responsibility of their respective providers. We will be happy to pass on any feedback you may have.
Where can I find a transcription of audio content?
Transcriptions to download in PDF form can be found in the information section for each item, where available.
I have more questions or suggestions, who should I contact?
If you have any questions or suggestions about the media library, please send an email to: email@example.com.