How to Get Audio Descriptions on Amazon Prime Video

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May 15, 2024

Audio Description (AD) is more than just a tool for blind and visually impaired viewers to understand the visuals in movies and shows. It also offers benefits to a wider audience. For people with cognitive or learning disabilities, AD can provide essential context and details, making it easier to follow the story. Additionally, people without disabilities may find Audio Descriptions useful in situations where they cannot fully focus on the screen. This feature ensures they don’t miss key details while folding laundry or cooking dinner.

Looking for movies and shows with Audio Descriptions? Prime Video offers the largest selection with over 5,591 titles (as of May 1, 2024). This guide will explore how to find and turn on Audio Descriptions on Prime Video, unlocking a richer viewing experience for everyone.

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What is Audio Description

Audio Description (AD), also known as video description or described video, is a narrated soundtrack specifically designed to help people understand what’s happening on screen in media content such as movies, TV shows, or live performances. It fills in the gaps left by dialogue and sound effects, describing:

  • Visual details: Scenery, locations, and changes in the scene
  • Character actions: Movements, gestures, and body language
  • Non-verbal communication: Facial expressions that convey emotions

Benefits for Everyone

While created for those who are blind or visually impaired, Audio Description (AD) actually enhances the viewing experience for everyone. It can:

  • Enrich understanding: Complex scenes or foreign films become clearer with AD’s additional details.
  • Catch hidden details: Capture some visual cues during a fast-paced scene.
  • Multitasking made easier: Enjoy a show while doing other activities without missing the visuals.

Audio Description is becoming increasingly common on streaming services, VOD platforms, and even some DVDs and Blu-rays.

How to Find Prime Video Titles with Audio Descriptions

While not every title on Prime Video offers Audio Descriptions, this accessibility feature is available for a growing selection of movies and shows.

Option 1. Browse the Prime Vidoe AD Title List

Prime Video keeps an Audio Description title listing spread over 100+ pages. Use this official list to find specific titles.

Option 2. Find the AD Icon with a Title

Prime Video uses the AD icon to indicate which titles have Audio Descriptions. This icon usually appears under the title of a movie or show.

Bonus Tip:

You can also find the [Audio Description] label listed alongside the supported audio languages:

  • On the web player: the title’s Details page
  • In the Prime Video app: click on Audio Languages

How to Turn on Audio Description on Prime Video

Prime Video makes it easy to enjoy movies and shows with Audio Description (AD) on any device. Here’s a quick guide to get started:

On Mobile, Desktop, and Web Player

  1. Go to Prime Video and start playing a title with AD. Tap the screen to bring up the playback menu.
  2. Tap or click the Subtitles and Audio icon (the speech bubble icon) at the top right.
  3. Select the audio language with [Audio Description].
  4. Tap “Close” (Prime Video app) or move the cursor away from the menu (the web player) to close it and continue watching.
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On Smart TV

  1. Launch the Prime Video app on your Smart TV and play a movie or show. Press the Up-Arrow key on the remote to view the playback options.
  2. Select the Subtitles and Audio icon (the speech bubble icon).
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  1. Navigate with the remote to select Audio & Languages from the options.
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  1. Choose your current audio language, then select the option with [Audio Description].
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How to Download Prime Video to MP4 with Audio Descriptions

Amazon Prime Video allows Prime members to download movies and shows for offline playback with Audio Descriptions. However, you cannot download the Freevee titles, and the content can only be viewed within the app on the device where they were downloaded. In addition, downloaded titles become inaccessible once the membership expires.

To keep Prime Video titles even after unsubscribing from Prime Video, consider using Pazu Amazon Prime Video Downloader. This smart tool allows you to download Prime Video movies and TV shows, including those in Freevee, to MP4 or MKV format. During the download process, you can select any or all the available audio options including the one with Audio Descriptions.

Pazu Amazon Prime Video Downloader is compatible with both Mac and Windows platforms. You can easily transfer downloaded files to any compatible device for offline enjoyment. With this versatile downloader, you can bypass download restrictions and expiration dates of Prime Video, preserving your favorite content forever.

Features:

  • Download Amazon Prime Video to MP4/MKV
  • Download movies and TV shows in up to 1080p.
  • Built-in Prime Video web player. No Prime Video app is required.
  • Multiple downloads at a time.
  • Keep any or all audio and subtitles.
  • Save subtitles as Embedded subtitles, Independent subtitles, or Hardcoded subtitles.
  • Keep Audio Description and Audio surround sound.
  • Multilingual interface: English, Deutsch, Español, Français, 日本語, 简体中文.

Step 1. Run Pazu Amazon Prime Video Downloader

To get started, first you need to download, install and run the Pazu Amazon Video Downloader app on your Mac/Windows and sign in with your Amazon account.

Click the key icon and enter your registration code to unlock the full version if you have purchased a registration. If you haven’t, go ahead with the free trial version.

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Step 2. Add Prime Video Movies/Shows 

Enter the name of a movie or show. Browse through the results and find the one you want to download.

Or you can copy and paste the link of the show or movie and click the Search icon to find the title.

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Step 3. Choose Video Format/Quality/Audio

Before starting to download anything, you can customize the video settings. Tap the Gear icon and select the output settings for video formats, video codecs, audio languages, or subtitle languages. Check the box next to Audio Description.

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Step 4. Download Prime Video Movies/Shows 

Tap the download icon next to the movie or show you want to download.

  • For a movie, click the Download icon next to it and the downloading begins.
  • For a show, click the Download icon next to it to select the episodes you want to download.
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Before downloading, you can also click the Settings icon to choose subtitles and audio tracks for each episode. Click Download after you’ve done with the Settings.

Audio and subtitle languages in Settings only show the 6 common languages. Here you can choose any language from whatever the movie or TV show provides.

5. Find Downloaded Prime Video Titles

To find the content you’ve downloaded, click the History icon on the top.

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Now you have located the downloaded Prime Video titles, you can transfer the downloaded videos and watch them on any supported device.

Conclusion

Amazon Prime Video offers the most Audio Description titles to benefit a broader audience. This article serves as a guide on how to find and enable Audio Descriptions on Prime Video. If you need to download movies and shows to MP4 with AD, use an intelligent tool like Pazu Amazon Prime Video Downloader and play the downloads on any compatible device.

To get started, download, install and run the Pazu Amazon Video Downloader app on your Mac/Windows.