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detection technology is coming online which can assist in the optimal placement of subtitles in 3D content.

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For Fredrik Ericsson, Director, Cavena Image Products, the key driver for technical development in the subtitling industry is efficiency. “There has always been a need for the subtitle preparation process in particular to maximise workflow, shorten lead times and minimise costs. The evolution and development of new platforms has served only to reinforce this need,” he says. “If anything, the advent of web-based services puts even greater pressure on the efficiency and throughput of the subtitlers to produce suitable subtitle language files within the cost and time budgets of the web broadcaster.” Screen’s main development is toward connected TVs, boosted by its acquisition of SysMedia and its On Screen Publishing solution, since renamed ‘ScreenConnect’, which allows content owners to deploy and manage services across a range of connected TV platforms. “The sheer number of connected TV platforms and the fact that an application has to be written for each one is driving many companies away from the market,” says Glover. “The breadth of proprietary and standard based platforms such as MHEG-IC, MHP and the emerging HbbTV has generated a competitive market and led to the application of fragmented technology.” Gordon Maynard, formerly of SysMedia, is Screen’s product manager for connected TV, says, “ScreenConnect will break down the current obstacles to creating services on connected TV. It has been designed from the ground

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up to support the wide range of platforms available now and to adapt as new ways of delivering connected TV emerge.” The most pressing new issues for EEG’s customers are integrating closed captioning into the new generation of file-based video workflows, and providing captions efficiently for online video distribution, without re-inventing existing broadcast workflows. “A common theme between these areas is the need to support content in a greater number of file formats and codecs than ever before,” says McLaughlin. “Nearly every

one of these formats has its own captioning container, and the data is often not easily transferable to other formats. There are a lot of steps in the workflow where captioning can get lost, and since this is essential data, careful planning is a must. Too many products incorporate captioning only as an afterthought, with predictably mixed results.” New from EEG is CCPlay FilePro, a file-based post-production caption encoding software kit; CaptionTrack, a caption editing plug-in for Final Cut Pro; and iCap, a cloud-based live captioning connection suite which now

integrates with streaming web delivery technologies using Flash, in addition to broadcast closed caption encoders. Kellaway points to an increase in the deployment of file based media management and transmission platforms and the opportunity they offer to encode subtitles to video content at an earlier point in the workflow. “Although the industry is still some way off from standardising video files formats, there is increasing stability within MAM and video server vendors in their support for the storage of subtitles within their video file formats,” she says. “The provision of subtitles on handheld web-connected devices is popular with consumers as subtitles are often preferred in situations such as the daily commute in ‘quiet’ environments. There is currently little standardisation within third party media player platforms for subtitle carriage and such a move would be welcomed.” Softel’s recent product updates include: the support for over 50 unique output channels in a single Softel TX time-of-air subtitle transmission server; support within its Swfit vTX software subtitle encoder for all major video server file formats; and the introduction of speech input and audio alignment tools within the Swift Create subtitle workstation. ■


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In Broadcast - April 2012
Contents
Broadcast Networks Delivers for Arqiva
Swedish Hockey Safe in the Bank
Viewcast Launches Niagara 9100 Series
Cavena: Enhancing the Value of Content
Broadcast Pix Announces Video Control Center 3.0
Telecast’s Latest Innovations
Glidecam Introduces XR-Series Stabilisers
Qvest Media Live With Code One Streaming
Volicon Extends Observer Utility
Petrol Bags Add to Audio & DSLR Range
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In Broadcast - April 2012 - Broadcast Networks Delivers for Arqiva
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In Broadcast - April 2012 - Swedish Hockey Safe in the Bank
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In Broadcast - April 2012 - Viewcast Launches Niagara 9100 Series
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In Broadcast - April 2012 - Cavena: Enhancing the Value of Content
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In Broadcast - April 2012 - Qvest Media Live With Code One Streaming
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In Broadcast - April 2012 - Volicon Extends Observer Utility
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