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www.inbroadcast.com | Vol: 10 - Issue 3 | March 2020

InForm

The Television Industry is Closing
in on a Century of Change

By Chris Shaw, Cobalt Digital...

J

ohn Logie Baird's role in the
introduction of broadcast television
has earned him a place in history and
the 44th slot on the list 100 Greatest
Britons. Sandwiched between Charles
Dickens (#41) and Boy George (#46),
his contributions have impacted our
daily lives - perhaps more than any
other on that list.
Baird was one of the inventors of the
mechanical television, demonstrating
the first working system in 1926. Could
he envision the innovations, advances
and revolutions that have brought
theatre into our homes and sporting
events to devices in the palms of our
hands?
A near century's worth of
improvements have replaced those
first black and white blurred analogue
images with amazing colour, we've
gone from SDI to HD-SDI, to UHD 4K
pictures. Audio has evolved from
mono speakers to Dolby 5.1 all around
sound, Dolby ATMOS and object audio.
No longer is the viewer listening to

audio tracks, they are drawn in like a
participant with audio in front, behind,
sideways, and above.
Broadcast
technologies
change
constantly.
Remember
satellite
transmission?
Cable
TV?
OTT
streaming? Now there's Cloud
technology, only in its infancy.
The use of compressed video through
HEVC 4K encoders and decoders
provide viewers with an amazing
real-time
experience;
whether
watching news or a sports match. The
"smart" TV is a phenomenon with its
programmable capabilities and voice
recognition. These improvements have
had an extraordinary influence on daily
lives, yet the evolution of broadcast
technology continues.
Live sports is one of the most
lucrative markets, but now eSports
has captured millions of global viewers
as they watch gamers compete via
streaming technology.
Computer capability and miniature
camera quality have both improved so

incredibly that fans feel they are sitting
in the cockpit of a race car at Formula
One or NASCAR. And when it comes
to field games and other sporting
activities, three or four cameras isn't
enough anymore. Large stadiums are
cabled for multiple units, all enhancing
the viewer's experience.
With all these technology advances
broadcasters
have
experienced
radical changes. Streaming companies
like AMAZON, NETFLIX, HULU have
addressed our appetites for nontraditional entertainment forcing
established entertainment companies
such as Disney to adjust to remain
competitive.
Broadcasters have to understand
and adapt new technologies or become
as obsolete as dinosaurs. And Cobalt
Digital, always at the forefront, has
been listening to customers since we
Chris Shaw serves as Executive
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
for Cobalt Digital

Interra Systems Simplifies
Video Caption Creation
I

nterra Systems has announced
BATON Captions, a new addition to
its BATON platform.
Leveraging cutting-edge machine
learning (ML) and automatic
speech recognition technology,
BATON Captions brings simplicity
and cost savings to the creation,
management, and delivery of
captions for traditional TV and
video streaming. BATON Captions
allows broadcasters and other
media professionals to address all of
their captioning needs, from caption
generation to QC, auto corrections,
review, and editing.
Keeping in mind the high volumes
of content being generated and
distributed today, a defining feature
of BATON Captions is that it offers
industry-leading performance. Utilising
the high-performance solution, media
companies can dramatically expedite
the caption creation and verification
processes for both live and VOD
content.

BATON Captions uses machine learning and automatic speech recognition technology

"Captions have long been mandated
by all major broadcasters, and now
with the rise in global consumption of
online content, captions and subtitles
represent an amazing opportunity
for television viewers to watch and
comprehend foreign-language content
with ease. However, captions can be
tedious and expensive to produce.
Also, when transitional issues happen
throughout the file-based workflow,
the delivery of captions becomes
more complex," said Anupama

were established in 1997 to address
their needs with current best-ofbreed solutions and anticipate future
requirements. We've partnered with
industry leaders such as Technicolor
for advanced HDR conversion tools,
Linear Acoustic for loudness correction
and monitoring, and Dolby for the
finest audio encoding and decoding.
To maintain our leadership status
we dedicate significant resources
to research, meet with prospective
customers and consistently attend
technical seminars and events.
Challenges need to be overcome, but
with challenges come solutions.

Anantharaman,
Vice
President,
Product Management at Interra
Systems. "BATON Captions leverages
our industry-proven expertise in
captions and subtitles QC to simplify
this process and improve workflow
efficiency. Using this solution,
broadcasters and media companies
can ensure that when content is
delivered in multiple video quality
levels within OTT video streams, the
captions maintain a high quality."
BATON Captions reports on any drop

or inaccuracy in captions and audio, as
well as compliance issues, providing
broadcasters with automated options
for correcting alignment, text, and
spelling mistakes. Captions can be
checked against actual audio essence,
corrected, and exported to any
industry-supported caption format.
Through auto time stamping with
state-of-the-art speech recognition
technology, BATON Captions adds
accurate time to dialogues in scripts,
resulting in faster, more efficient
caption generation.
Through web-services-based API
support, BATON Captions can easily
be integrated with third-party tools.
Broadcasters have the option of
deploying the captioning solution on
premises or in the cloud for added
flexibility. The application comes
with a feature-rich review and
editing platform with frame-accurate
playback options. Offering support
for a host of subtitle and closed
caption formats, BATON Captions
helps drive globalisation of content
for broadcasters and other media
professionals.
Interra Systems will demonstrate
BATON Captions at the 2020 NAB
Show.


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