Belgium’s MAX Live Media Access Services relies on SubtitleNEXT’s advanced toolsets to meet real-time accessibility goals


“SubtitleNEXT enables us to meet broadcasters’ demands and high standards by being our one-stop-shop for all of our subtitling needs – the results are always high quality.”

Veronique Denis, Co-founder, Max Live Media Access Services

For immediate release – 28 July 2021, Kontich, Belgium Belgium-based live-subtitling experts MAX Live Media Access Services have invested in SubtitleNEXT to provide real-time subtitling workflows. SubtitleNEXT has already been put to work to support MAX Live Media’s broadcast clients with advanced subtitling services to help meet stringent media accessibility goals, as well as provide interlingual real-time subtitling, timed-text streaming for international events and more.

SubtitleNEXT is a convenient all-in-one solution that can be used for captioning live events and offline content in real time. It can stream content in multiple formats that are suitable for linear broadcasting, including VOD platforms and social media platforms.

Subtitling is finally being recognised as essential, and no longer an optional add-on, as previously perceived. This positive move has revealed how valuable subtitles are to programme makers and filmmakers, as they not only promote growth, but increase profits by reaching out to vast global audiences in different languages.

There is a growing understanding of accessibility, and the definition is broad – from motor disabilities, sensory, to cognitive, the key element is to ensure that content is made accessible to everybody and that no one is excluded. New regulations requiring audio-visual content to be made accessible to everyone, including hearing-impaired people, have resulted in a seismic shift in the broadcast industry’s attitude towards subtitles. Broadcasters all around the world are now subjected to these new rules to ensure scheduled programmes have sufficient subtitling to meet guidelines, thus increasing demand for subtitling and captioning solutions. Accessibility has been made affordable with reliable software systems on the market like SubtitleNEXT, therefore subtitling should no longer be regarded as a regulatory burden for broadcasters.

Co-founder of MAX Live Media Access Services Veronique Denis states, “I have been creating accessible audiovisual content for the hearing and visually impaired since 2015, and over the past few years, people have started consuming audiovisual content anywhere and anytime. This is challenging for broadcasters who want to meet accessibility standards for content that needs subtitling across various platforms. SubtitleNEXT enables us to meet these broadcasters’ demands and high standards by being our one-stop-shop for all of our subtitling needs: – whether they are live, semi-live or pre-recorded, the results are always of high quality. With SubtitleNEXT, we can provide all of these services and more. We are able to meet our clients’ demands for accessibility of all of their content on any platform and we can open up content for other speaking audiences too.

Veronique adds, “We also use SubtitleNEXT to accommodate our clients’ need for accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing with intralingual real-time subtitling of live streams, webinars and other broadcasts and to also provide real-time subtitles for conferences and corporate meetings. Increasingly more companies realise that accessibility is not simply making sure that work space is accessible for people with physical disabilities, but it is also about making sure that those with sensory and ‘invisible’ disabilities are able to participate at work just like any other employee. This fits perfectly with one of our company’s long-term goals: making for a more inclusive society in which accessibility is a given and not something one should ask for. It should be there from the get-go. We try to raise awareness by providing potential clients with statistics, for example that one out of ten Belgians are hearing-impaired. If a company has 50 employees, then 5 could benefit from having real-time subtitling.”

MAX Live Media relies on SubtitleNEXT for other projects such as interlingual subtitling for multilingual events, whether offline or via livestream. Veronique expands further, “As Belgium is a multi-lingual country, it is important for events to be accessible to a diverse audience. Without subtitling, organisers used to resort to interpreters, but then had to have a wide array of audiovisual means to get the message to those who need it. With real-time subtitling we provide textual assistance for those who need it and if the event is streamed online as well, the viewers at home can watch the content with subtitles too. Moreover, the subtitles generated with SubtitleNEXT are timed like regular subtitles, which is something that other text streaming applications lack. Therefore, thanks to SubtitleNEXT, we can provide the client with a subtitle file after the event so that they can use it for the publication of their content.”

A smaller portion of MAX Live Media’s activities includes writing audio description for the blind and visually impaired, using SubtitleNEXT to identify where they can describe what’s shown on screen and then use the reading speed calculations for the text to gauge if the voice-over is timed well. Veronique notes, “Thanks to the many “export-abilities” of SubtitleNEXT, we then can export this audio description script into any format the client may want to use for their script or studio recordings.”

CEO of PBT EU Ivanka Vassileva remarks, “We are delighted that MAX Live Media Access Services have embraced SubtitleNEXT to meet their clients’ broadcasting needs. We pride ourselves in providing software that provides our clients with flexibility so they can enjoy a flawless in-house network all under one roof. The SubtitleNEXT subtitling platform provides subtitling professionals with many toolsets that can significantly enhance their work, one example being the “live dictation” function which can be used in live subtitling workflows in order to caption news and events in real time which is quite an exciting new development. Many more exciting features have been released and more are on the horizon for 2021. We are thrilled to have MAX Live Media join the growing SubtitleNEXT family of professional users.”

Defined as an exceptionally dependable subtitling software platform, it is no surprise as to why SubtitleNEXT is referred to by many professionals today as the “subtitler’s lifesaver.” Delivering to high industry standards, the system has an array of immediate resourceful tools and features.

SubtitleNEXT already has a proven track record of success. Throughout the entire pandemic, it has continued to support customers, owing to its flexibility and remote capabilities. Some of the many companies that have already adopted SubtitleNEXT include Polsat, Kino Polska, OiV in Croatia, Listen Up in Bulgaria, AMC in Hungary, Hayat, HD Media, OBN, University of Warsaw, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Doli Media Studio, The European School of Translation, Videohouse, UCM and Hellenic American College of Greece.

Visit www.SubtitleNEXT.com for further updates on the latest news and join the SubtitleNEXT club to stay on top of what’s new in subtitling.


About MAX Live Media Access Services Visit www.livemax.be


 

 

SubtitleNEXT to feature at Translation Forum Russia – 30 July – 1 Aug – Nizhny Novgorod

For immediate release – 21 July 2021, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia – IABM-member and systems integration specialists PBT EU has formed a strong partnership with ALBA Multimedia to expand SubtitleNEXT subtitling solutions across Russia and the former Soviet Union countries.

ALBA Multimedia has over 15 years of experience in providing professional AV translation and localisation services including AV productions in over 100 language combinations. ALBA’s co-owners have worked on localisation and translation projects for the likes of Netflix, Amazon, HBO, AeroGroup, DreamWorks Animation, SDI Media and other major vendors and have vast experience of editing, copyright laws and preparing complete localisation packages for AV productions including international film festivals.

Furthermore, PBT EU confirms its participation at the upcoming “Translation Forum Russia” event with ALBA, a major partner of the event. It will be held in Nizhny Novgorod from 30 July – 1 August this year. Established since 2009, the forum is Russia’s leading annual platform in the language industry in Europe and across the ex-USSR republics. The show attracts around 500 participants including representatives of organisations such as the European Commission, UN Information Centre, FIT Europe, the Belgian Chamber of Translators and Interpreters and the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

The linguistic expertise offered at ALBA Multimedia includes a wide range of specialist services that include editing, creation of dialogue lists and post production scripts, subtitling of AV productions in Russian and foreign languages, translations of timed text, translation for voice-overs, dubbing and audio descriptions, subtitles for hearing-impaired viewers (SDH, localisation of songs, rhymed texts and much more.

Chief Sales Officer at ALBA Multimedia, Elena Aleksandrova states, “Our company specialises in audiovisual translation in all its forms, ranging from subtitling through to audio description. We understand how important it is to have software that can meet the requirements and standards that various clients need. The features that SubtitleNEXT offers can meet even the most stringent and unusual demands. The variety of AV content on the market calls for different technological solutions, and SubtitleNEXT allows its users to make creative and live subtitles on demand in real-time. Another vital aspect to consider in AV translation is the training of future professionals, and the SubtitleNEXT team understands this important factor by co-operating with universities, which is a dynamic move.”

Elena adds, “As a key partner of the Translation Forum Russia, ALBA Multimedia will also moderate the section devoted to AV translation. The forum draws both freelance translators and representatives of large LSPs, with special attention paid to translation technologies. This is why, I am confident that SubtitleNEXT will be a major attraction to many of the participants attending.”

PBT EU’s Sales and Product Expert Maria Markovska noted, “ALBA Multimedia is a professional organisation that prides itself on high quality standards, and we are absolutely thrilled that they have embraced SubtitleNEXT as they have, which will in turn, play a role in continuing to help them deliver superior quality to their clients. We are delighted to partner with them and participate in the upcoming “Translation Forum Russia” at the end of this month. It is exciting to see SubtitleNEXT’s footprint broaden across to AV professionals in Russia. It is a powerful supplement to traditional subtitling platforms as it incorporates so many features that can tackle sophisticated requirements. SubtitleNEXT was created to make the subtitler’s life easier with versatile options, to make work enjoyable.”

CEO of PBT EU Ivanka Vassileva concluded, “ALBA Multimedia’s global outlook is a forward leap in helping provide key LSP services to the industry and recognises the demand for rapidly evolving software platforms like SubtitleNEXT. With easily scalable resources like the SubtitleNEXT software on-site, ALBA Multimedia is equipped with flexibility that can meet today’s demanding AV content needs including the more complex production projects that arise, wherever they may need it, as it can be used remotely too.”

SubtitleNEXT is a user-friendly, innovative timed-text software platform already adopted across various multimedia industries, offering live and offline subtitling. SubtitleNEXT already has a proven track record of success across Europe and the rest of the world. Throughout the entire pandemic, SubtitleNEXT has continued to support customers, owing to its flexibility and remote capabilities. Many of the companies that have already adopted SubtitleNEXT include the likes of Polsat, Kino Polska, OiV in Croatia, Listen Up in Bulgaria, AMC in Hungary, Hayat, HD Media, OBN, University of Warsaw, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Doli Media Studio, Spain’s UCM and The European School of Translation.

Other organisations that have invested in SubtitleNEXT include Europe’s largest Belgium-based production company Videohouse where SubtitleNEXT was used for well-known TV series such as Big Little Lies, Sirens, Vikings, and many others. The Hellenic American College of Greece is also a SubtitleNEXT fan and has equipped its Masters in Translation students with key localization skills to prepare future subtitlers with a definitive career path to face the pace of demand in the translation and creative industries.

To find out more, and to keep up to date with upcoming events, and future announcements, keep an eye on the SubtitleNEXT website. (https://subtitlenext.com/club/events/)

To find out more about the Translation Forum Russia event, visit https://tconference.ru/en

 

Portugal’s APTRAD confirms SubtitleNEXT as Premium Sponsor

For immediate release – 18 June 2021, Porto, Portugal – PBT EU confirms its participation at APTRAD 2021 this year as a premium sponsor featuring SubtitleNEXT workshop sessions. The four-day conference will take place from 8 – 11 September, marking Portugal’s first-ever international online audiovisual translation event.

In addition, Profuz Digital’s CTO Kamen Ferdinandov, creator of the SubtitleNEXT software platform, will be participating in the technology roundtable as a speaker. The debate plans to outline how AVT tools in a fast-moving industry are playing a key role where content is being produced at a rapid pace. Topics covered include how new subtitling software feature developments such as translation memories, glossary management, hybrid toolsets and more are mapping the way.

The APTRAD conference is designed to attract world-class professionals to explore various areas across the AV translation and broadcast sector, ranging from subtitling, dubbing, accessibility modalities, and in particular, subtitling for hearing-impaired people, and audio description – which are all vital elements for broadcasters.

CEO of systems integration specialists PBT EU, Ivanka Vassileva states, “We feel it is important to be involved in APTRAD this year, as we enter a crucial time in our industry as media accessibility has become ever more integral to many AVT and broadcast professionals. Kamen and I will be discussing the latest in subtitling technology and we will be available at our online SubtitleNEXT booth to demonstrate how our software adapts to specific AVT and broadcasting requirements. Although the APTRAD event will be completely online, we will have a virtual booth, including raffles, round tables, and all the same activities as planned for the in-person event. We are also giving away a free laptop with a SubtitleNEXT “Expert” lifetime license to a lucky guest who enters the raffle at the virtual event.”

SubtitleNEXT is a user-friendly, innovative timed-text software platform already adopted across various multimedia industries, offering live and offline subtitling. SubtitleNEXT already has a proven track record of success across Europe and the rest of the world. Throughout the entire pandemic, it has continued to support customers, owing to its flexibility and remote capabilities.

To single out some of the many organisations that have already adopted SubtitleNEXT, include the likes of Polsat, Kino Polska, OiV in Croatia, Listen Up in Bulgaria, AMC in Hungary, Hayat, HD Media, OBN, University of Warsaw, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Doli Media Studio, Spain’s UCM and The European School of Translation. Other companies that have invested in SubtitleNEXT include Europe’s largest Belgium-based production company Videohouse where SubtitleNEXT was used for well-known TV series such as Big Little Lies, Sirens, Vikings, and many others. The Hellenic American College of Greece has equipped its Masters in Translation students with key localization skills using SubtitleNEXT software to prepare future subtitlers with a definitive career path to face the pace of demand in the translation and creative industries.

To find out more, and to keep up to date with upcoming events, and future announcements, keep an eye on the SubtitleNEXT website at https://subtitlenext.com/club/events/

APTRAD 2021’s conference pass includes free access to lectures, live courses, and interactive online workshops. Lecture sessions will be recorded which will be made available to all registered participants after the event. To register for the APTRAD conference online, visit https://aptrad.pt/1stAVTIntConf/

Complutense University of Madrid embraces SubtitleNEXT for its AV Translation Prospectus

For immediate release – 27 May 2021, Madrid Spain The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) has selected SubtitleNEXT for their subtitling prospectus. The SubtitleNEXT software line has been included in the audiovisual translation degree courses at the university’s Department of English Studies, Linguistics and Literature.

The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) is a well-respected public research and one of the oldest universities in the world. It registers over 85,000 students, ranking among Spain’s top universities and offers a vast selection of degrees, providing some of the most prestigious PhD programmes in the country.

Responding to the growing demand for further education in the AV translation field, UCM holds courses in AV translation and media accessibility training which provides students with a detailed introduction into translation and technical aspects related to linguistic accessibility in audiovisual media.

Associate Professor of English Language and Linguistics and Translation at the Complutense University, Dr Juan Pedro Rica Peromingo states, “We have already started using the SubtitleNEXT software in my media accessibility audiovisual translation classes here at UCM. The students are eager to master it, and it is working very well, alongside all the other activities we have in class for AVT training. It slots in perfectly and equips our students with a stunning set of toolsets too. We are impressed with the professional and flexible approach that is tailored by the SubtitleNEXT team to meet our requirements.”

Armed with an exceptional background in his field of expertise, Dr Juan Pedro Rica Peromingo teaches English Studies and master’s degrees in English Linguistics at UCM. His extensive research and publications deal with corpus linguistics, audiovisual translation studies, specifically linguistic accessibility such as subtitling for the hard of hearing and audio description for vision-impaired people. He has also published a large number of articles in magazines on the topic, written several books on translation studies and audiovisual translation and has played a major role in the UAB Transmedia Research Group, and in the UCM Research Groups Application of information and communication technologies to translation and Research Group in literary translation. He also heads the UCM Translation, Audiovisual Translation (TAV) and Linguistic Accessibility (TRADAVAL) Research Group. (Further information here https://www.ucm.es/tradaval/)

In addition, Dr Juan Pedro received several grants for research stays at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and at the Imperial College in London. In 2018 he carried out a research stay at the Centre for Translation Studies (CenTraS) at University College London as well. He has recently been appointed as a member of the ISO standard committee on accessibility including the Spanish standardization agency AENOR for the UNE standards on accessibility.

Dr Juan Pedro is also involved in the “COST LEAD-ME” Project which celebrates its 50th year in 2021. It is the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) and is a funding organisation for the creation of research networks. These networks offer an open space for collaboration among scientists across Europe, giving impetus to research advancements and innovation by promoting and spreading excellence, fostering interdisciplinary research for breakthrough science and empowering and retaining young researchers and innovators. COST implements its mission by funding bottom-up, excellence-driven, open and inclusive networks for peaceful purposes in all areas of science and technology. (More info here https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA19142/#tabs )

PBT EU’s CEO Ivanka Vassileva comments, “We are delighted to support Dr Juan Pedro and his team at the UCM. It is exciting to hear how passionate he is about his work and how enthusiastic his students are to learn how to use a new system such as SubtitleNEXT and engage with its features and capabilities for their work. It is inspiring to see our SubtitleNEXT platform playing such a vital role in such an established university of UCM’s calibre, which is a positive move forward for the industry, not only in Spain but also for future language and AV professionals worldwide that can follow their lead.”

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the SubtitleNEXT team has also been available to help assist universities that want to transition to remote training. Ivanka adds further, “We are in a position to support educational organisations such as universities and colleges with SubtitleNEXT licenses if they need to continue to work remotely during an evolving and changing situation.”

To find out more about SubtitleNEXT visit www.SubtitleNEXT.com

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Netflix trainer TheyDoe Academy attains SubtitleNEXT Partnership Status

For immediate release – 27 April 2021, Egypt SubtitleNEXT is delighted to announce that cinematic subtitling and translation specialists TheyDoe Academy have received SubtitleNEXT Academy Partner certification. Established since 2019, TheyDoe Academy provides dedicated subtitling training for the likes of Netflix and many other organisations across the Middle East and internationally.

In addition, SubtitleNEXT is proven to provide the best right-to-left languages (RTL) support, firmly upheld by TheyDoe Academy that claims no other industry-leading subtitling applications come close. In right-to-left languages (RTL), translation starts from the right of the page and continues to the left, proceeding from top to bottom for new lines which include Arabic, Hebrew, Pashto, Persian, Urdu, and Sindhi.

SubtitleNEXT is a fast and powerful versatile tool that allows for both regular subtitling, closed captioning/SDH, semi-live subtitling and live subtitling with a highly customisable interface. The system enables users to connect to any live source such as broadcast feeds, webinars, Zoom, AV desks and live streams. The translated subtitles are delivered to screen, laptop, tablet, or smart phone in real time.

Founder and CEO of TheyDoe Academy Mustafa Al-Sotohy, who has worked as an experienced subtitler for many years confirmed, “SubtitleNext is great! While using this extraordinary software application, I found all subtitlers’ needs in ONE system. My Academy “TheyDoe” has been offering subtitling training courses since 2019, I myself since 2015, and I have not come across a more flexible software system that can match SubtitleNEXT. I highly recommend SubtitleNEXT software to Middle East subtitlers and across the globe.”

Expanding further, Mustafa added, “SubtitleNEXT, in my opinion, provides the best support of right-to-left languages compared with other industry-leading subtitling applications, there is nothing else quite like it. I am extremely impressed with this software and I am going to be putting it to good use in all my future subtitling work. In addition, I would like to thank the SubtitleNEXT team, CEO of PBT EU Ivanka Vassileva, and the developers at Profuz Digital including Kamen Ferdinandov for their exceptional product.”

CEO of PBT EU Ivanka Vassileva stated, “TheyDoe Academy has become the latest training institution to include SubtitleNEXT in their upcoming courses which is wonderful news. We are extremely proud to be in partnership with them and support their high level of training expertise in the region. It is rewarding to see subtitling students worldwide appreciate how intuitive and user-friendly SubtitleNEXT is and to see the benefits the application brings to so many exciting projects.”

Developer of SubtitleNEXT Kamen Ferdinandov and CTO of Toronto-based Profuz Digital stated, “We are honoured to support professionals like Mustafa Al-Sotohy at TheyDoe Academy in Egypt and wish him much success using SubtitleNEXT in his training courses and working with Netflix. We developed SubtitleNEXT to provide users with a multi-file synchronous browsing editing feature with an “editor-like” experience that adapts to all the up-to-date language rules and adjustments. SubtitleNEXT can run on major operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and MAC OS, and is primarily aimed at subtitling and captioning professionals, training academies, through to Language Services Providers, production, post-production companies and broadcasters.”

SubtitleNEXT supports non-file-based media and direct video signals such as analogue, digital, and streaming which makes it perfect for all types of live shows and events such as festivals, theatre, presentations, conferences, seminars and so forth. Its “automation for airing” feature is also useful for live shows and events with prepared subtitles. The full set of digital cinema and TTML format features are also fully supported in SubtitleNEXT, including text positions, effects, sizes and colours, styling, looks including user configurable screen layouts that can be personalised to suit the project and user’s convenience.

To learn more about TheyDoe, visit https://theydoe.com

IT Pros Subtitles® embraces NEXT-TT to Remote-Manage its expanding Localization Services

For immediate release – 16 March 2021, Perugia, Italy – Specialist audiovisual translation firm IT Pros Subtitles® has invested in the NEXT-TT localization platform to manage and organise its expanding remote workflow infrastructure. NEXT-TT is a powerful collaborative hybrid platform which combines SubtitleNEXT software with comprehensive business management processing system Profuz LAPIS. NEXT-TT provides IT Pros with a formidable all-in-one versatile, timesaving, cost-effective solution, therefore equipping them with a highly efficient workhorse to manage teams of freelance translators, and with the bonus of immediate remote access to SubtitleNEXT’s proprietary tools, technologies, and delivery capabilities at the same time.

IT Pros has vast creative experience working with a number of VOD and online content providers, filmmakers, directors, post-production studios, and larger subtitling companies, offering services that include multilingual subtitling, SDH subtitling, AV, subtitle translation services, dubbing, voiceover, subtitle permanent embedding into HD digital files and much more.

Having adopted the SubtitleNEXT application back in 2018, IT Pros was already familiar with the software and ahead of the curve by offering the very first remote SubtitleNEXT online training course long before the pandemic even began. More recently, after exploring various innovative and business management systems that could meet their specific and complex growing requirements, they chose NEXT-TT as the most reliable and extensive system on the market. It was a logical next step for IT Pros to embrace NEXT-TT and be able to virtually connect to the industry’s most inclusive localization platform that would be able meet high standards of performance and delivery that IT Pros clients demand.

IT Pros Subtitler and Translator Monica Paolillo affirms, “We are absolutely delighted with our recent investment in NEXT-TT, which is an SSL secure on-premises based subtitling platform. It gives us the peace of mind that all our content is handled and subtitled securely and confidentially without ever leaving our in-house server. The NEXT-TT system was professionally supplied and installed by PBT EU and is developed by Profuz Digital – they are also the developers of SubtitleNEXT which is, in our opinion, the best subtitling software available on the market right now and great value for money.”

The advantages NEXT-TT commands are unparalleled to other localisation platforms by providing full automation, template proficiency, artificial intelligence in combination with SubtitleNEXT’s user-friendly, innovative, customisable, intuitive, and affordable timed-text software platform. In addition to its remote work capabilities, the NEXT-TT solution supports unlimited users and provides configurable workflows, including the ability to import BPMN workflows. It boasts advanced project management tools that are packed with endless options and settings for customising tasks and project metadata. The platform’s unique hybrid approach to subtitling tools includes a simplified online subtitles editor for translators; and offers advanced subtitling toolsets through integration with SubtitleNEXT. Other highlights include NEXT-TT’s advanced management of video content including watermarking and encryption to secure the highest levels of protection and security for localization service providers. The software interface is available to customers with their own branding and company logo integrated along with the added option to choose in-house hosting or to use a public or private cloud service provider.

Monica points out a few of the many advantages the team at IT Pros are already benefitting from by using NEXT-TT, “Over the past few months, selected projects have been handled within this protected environment where clients can upload and download their files, freelancers can log into the platform and securely transcribe, translate, subtitle from their home office using SubtitleNEXT’s powerful features without downloading or moving files from our server. Our QC team can finalise projects as and when they are ready in a fast-paced, but rewarding, subtitling supply chain. During the subtitling process, all content is watermarked and converted to low res to add an extra layer of security. It’s been a worthwhile transition.”

PBT EU’s CEO Ivanka Vassileva states, “We feel confident that our NEXT-TT solution provides localization companies with a collaborative and reliable platform that solves security and management challenges. Conveniently, the system tackles a plethora of organisational concerns all under one roof. These include content copyrights protection, the entire supply chain management, project management, task planning, translation, QC, and delivery. It even takes remote working into consideration. In addition, we offer our clients the option to customise the system to meet their unique working processes in tune with their organisational structure. We also provide exciting opportunities and incentives to suit all budgets, by offering several licensing packages that cater for small, medium and large enterprises, effectively optimising processes of smaller companies with the same innovative toolsets that larger organisations enjoy.”

Adding further, Ivanka notes, “We cherish our special partnership with IT Pros and are proud to cooperate with world class professionals like them in order to provide to the market a product that fits real users’ expectations. They are early adopters of our technology solutions and we are incredibly appreciative of the role they have played in adding so much value to the growth of our products over the last five years by incorporating invaluable feedback and suggestions. We continue to support them in their ongoing success.”

To find out more about NEXT-TT, visit https://pbteu.com/products/next-tt/

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PBTEU’s primary focus is flexibility, futureproof customer-driven product innovation, fast deployment, teamwork, perseverance, openness, speed, high quality work, as well as dedicated support of its products, solutions and services, which include – PlayBox Technology Neo product suite, EXEcutor™ broadcast servers and software applications, advanced captioning and subtitling software platform SubtitleNEXT, as well as Profuz Digital’s powerful business process and information management system LAPIS designed to efficiently centralise processes and data all under one roof, including the NEXT-TT platform.

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The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto hosts SubtitleNEXT Webinar with Profuz Digital

Media Accessibility, Creative Captioning and Subtitling with SubtitleNEXT  – 5 August 2020 – 4pm EST

For immediate release – 28 July 2020, Toronto, Canada  The creators of SubtitleNEXT software, Profuz Digital is delighted to confirm that film industry partner The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) will host an online product demonstration titled  “Media Accessibility, Creative Captioning and Subtitling” covering SubtitleNEXT. The online event takes place via Zoom on Wednesday 5th August 2020 at 4pm EST, with ASL interpretation (American sign language) provided throughout the presentation.

SubtitleNEXT is a professional multipurpose software platform, already adopted by many leading organisations and Belgium’s largest production company Videohouse. It is a powerful system designed for the creation and live streaming of closed captions, subtitles, dubs, and audio-visual localization.

With accessibility in film fast becoming an essential part of the creative workflow, captions and subtitles can no longer be considered an after-thought in the filmmaking process. This prompted LIFT, an artist-run organisation, dedicated to celebrating excellence in the moving image, to present and host the 60-minute online event showcasing SubtitleNEXT.

The event will be facilitated by Kamen Ferdinandov, Chief Technology Officer and Managing Partner of Profuz Digital, who is also responsible for building PlayBox’s Channel in a Box, in addition to the Profuz LAPIS and SubtitleNEXT products. He confirms, “The demonstration hosted by LIFT will be centred around digital media accessibility requirements, how to create accessible media, the accessibility features of SubtitleNEXT itself, and how to include creative captions and subtitles in the filmmaking process. Following the presentation, online attendees will have time to ask questions and have a chat to us. We very much look forward to meeting you virtually.”

A SubtitleNEXT system will be available in the LIFT’s Digital Editing Suite for Production Members once rentals of the post-production facility have reopened.

Attendees must register by Tuesday 4th August to join the FREE webinar via Zoom by using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvceqrqzMvHdLBdfj8yc2RMbGGub6jFemP

The upcoming event is supported out of LIFT’s operational revenue. Anyone wishing to support LIFT’s programs can donate through CanadaHelps here http://lift.ca/about/donate-support-contemporary-film

Further enquiries about this event can be directed to LIFT’s Development Coordinator Cayley James at development@lift.on.ca

To find out more about future events involving SubtitleNEXT, please visit https://subtitlenext.com/club/events

 

 

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SubtitleNEXT Version 5.6 features new Smart Text Assist

New Smart Text Assist in SubtitleNEXT provides efficiency for text editing and live subtitling



We are delighted to announce the release of SubtitleNEXT Version 5.6, with the focus on a brand new centralised Smart Text Assist feature designed for editing and live subtitling scenarios.  Live subtitling helps increase global outreach for broadcasts, live events, online meetings, streaming video and audio and is a great tool to remove language barriers.

The new Smart Text Assist feature in SubtitleNEXT significantly speeds up and simplifies the entire text-altering process. It combines all of the text-altering tools in one place so that they can be easily accessed. This provides a reliable and consistent framework for busy subtitlers to achieve fast results. Text-altering refers to changes in text constructs or meaning, such as date or time formats, units of measurement, replacement phrases, translations, corrections, and the reorganisation of text. (Watch the Smart Text Assist in action here via YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFDA49JohO4&t=1s)

SubtitleNEXT enables users to connect to broadcast feeds, webinars, Skype, Zoom, AV desks, live streams, or any live audio source.  The translated subtitles are then delivered back to the screen, laptop, tablet, or smart phone in real time. Subtitles are the simplest and most efficient way to share content in any language and the Smart Text Assist helps to significantly speed up text altering in SubtitleNEXT 5.6.

Developer of SubtitleNEXT Kamen Ferdinandov of Toronto-based Profuz Digital says, “To put the new Smart Text Assist feature in context, most text editing programs don’t have all the tools readily available for users to easily access, as they are usually a separate tool that has to be activated within the system they are using, or they have to open an external program. Overall, the process is time-consuming and entails multiple commands (clicking, typing, key-pressing) in order to get a result. With the new Smart Text Assist, we have eradicated these hassles. Now users only have to select the portion of text they’re interested in changing, and in just one to two clicks, the required results will be instantaneous with the text replaced. We enjoy interfacing with customers to find out how we can continue to keep introducing new tools like this in SubtitleNEXT that deliver results.”

SubtitleNEXT is a powerful application that creates both subtitles and captions.  It is used for same language translation, transcribing, adaptation (SDHH), dialogue and other audible or visible text and commentaries, with efficiency at remarkable speed and accuracy. It provides users with a multi-file synchronous browsing editing feature with an “editor-like” experience that adapts to all the up to date language rules and adjustments. SubtitleNEXT can run on major operating systems such as Windows, Linux and MAC OS, and is primarily aimed at subtitling and captioning professionals, through to Language Services Providers, production, post-production companies and broadcasters.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SMART TEXT ASSIST FEATURE IN SUBTITLENEXT VERSION 5.6

SubtitleNEXT  supports non file-based media and direct video signals such as analogue, digital, and streaming which makes it perfect for all types of live shows and events such as festivals, live gigs, the Opera, theatre, presentations, conferences, seminars and so forth.  Its “automation for airing” feature is also useful for live shows and events with prepared subtitles. The full set of digital cinema and TTML format features are also fully supported in SubtitleNEXT, including text positions, effects, sizes and colours, styling, looks including user configurable screen layouts that can be personalised to suit the project and user’s convenience.

Advantages of the new Smart Text Assist feature in SubtitleNEXT 5.6 include: –  quick access to vocabulary, automatic translation, thesaurus and dictionary support, spell checking, Unit and RegEx conversions, including Time and Date Formatting, outlined in more detail below:

Vocabulary function – this allows users to quickly access their collection of phrases, names, locations, and so forth, from one central place.

Automatic Translation function –  allows subtitlers to configure and choose from one or more translation engines such as Google and Microsoft, to provide parallel variants of a translation.

Thesaurus and Dictionary Support –  supports Libre Office/OpenOffice dictionaries.

Spell Checking – verifies proper word usage and spelling.

Unit Conversions – automatically converts to other units such as mass, length, area, temperature, based on the selected text (For example, for 12 lbs, suggested conversions will include 5.44kg, 5443 g, and 192 ounces).

RegEx Conversions – “RegEx” engine allows advanced text manipulations with unlimited functionality for altering text. All valid user-configured RegEx filters will be offered. For example, users can fix capitalisation if a word begins with more than one capital letter in a sentence, including the ability to swap words, remove repeated words, profanity filtering, and so forth.

Date and Time Formatting  – automatically suggests various formats for both European and American date formats (for example, if the selected text is 12.3.20, suggestions will include 12/03/20, 12/03/2020, and 12 Mar 2020).

PBT EU’s CEO Ivanka Vassileva adds, “With successful businesses increasingly investing in subtitles and captions to boost viewer engagement, the new Smart Text Assist is a timely addition in SubtitleNEXT which centralises the multiple alternative text assistants which can then enable users to export in either format of choice. Subtitling does not add any large expense to the overall budget. Filmmakers, production companies, broadcasters, through to individual professional subtitlers working from home, all need to view subtitling as an affordable “add-on” that increases product value, adheres to accessibility rights, and gives a competitive edge. Live subtitles are everywhere and aid communication efforts – it’s the future and a feature like Smart Text Assist helps accelerate processes phenomenally.”

To order the new version SubtitleNEXT 5.6, shop online at https://shop.profuzdigital.com/

To find out more about SubtitleNEXT visit www.SubtitleNEXT.com

 

Media Information

Watch the You Tube video of the new SmartTextAssist feature in SubtitleNEXT here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFDA49JohO4&t=1s

University of Warsaw selected SubtitleNEXT for courses including live subtitling

We are pleased to confirm that the Department of Interpreting Studies and Audio-visual Translation (ISAT), as part of the University of Warsaw’s Institute of Applied Linguistics – selected SubtitleNEXT for their subtitling courses.

The Institute of Applied Linguists at the University of Warsaw is the leading centre in Poland which is responsible for training audio-visual translators and accessibility specialists.

Responding to the growing demand for further education in this field, the institute runs courses in interlingual subtitling in many languages, including courses that involve subtitling for the hearing impaired and live subtitling through “respeaking”.

Respeaking is a captioning technique that produces captions and transcripts through the use of voice-recognition technology. Captioners who use respeaking are called respeakers.

Łukasz Dutka is a lecturer at the Institute of Applied Linguistics with an impressive portfolio. He is a member of the University of Warsaw’s Audio-visual Translation Lab (AVT Lab), the Polish Association of Audio-visual Translators (STAW), the European Society for Translation Studies (EST) and the European Association for Studies in Screen Translation (ESIST).

Łukasz also works as a consultant for streaming and broadcasting companies in the field of accessibility and AVT quality and is involved in training interpreters and audio-visual translators. In 2012 he became an in-house subtitler for Polish public broadcaster TVP and was responsible for semi-live subtitling of news broadcasts.

In 2013, together with Monika Szczygielska, Łukasz pioneered the use of “respeaking” to provide live subtitling in Poland, both in live events settings and on television. In association with Professor Agnieszka Szarkowska, he has been offering courses in live subtitling at the University of Warsaw since 2015. Previously only semi-live subtitling was available in the country at the time. Łukasz, along with his team were at the forefront of experimenting with live subtitling with respeaking, and actually provided live subtitling capabilities in Warsaw for the very first time.

Łukasz outlines why he chose SubtitleNEXT for his courses at the Institute of Applied Linguistics, “We chose SubtitleNEXT for our courses because it is an exceptional platform that fits our needs perfectly.  It is a powerful and flexible tool that allows for both regular subtitling, closed captioning/SDH, semi-live subtitling and live subtitling. SubtitleNEXT also allows us to use the same software for all the courses that we have on offer.”

Łukasz continues, “The interface is highly customisable, and it can be as simple or as complex as required, with just the necessary features on display, which is particularly important for beginners who would otherwise feel overwhelmed with all the possible options. Our students appreciate how intuitive and easy it is to use SubtitleNEXT and our trainers are happy with the speed at which the system operates. SubtitleNEXT is fast and efficient, enabling users to import and export configuration files to ensure consistency across all of the workstations.”

“The pace of innovation and responsiveness of the SubtitleNEXT developers should also be praised,” Łukasz adds, “They are quick to improve current features and add new ones. Once our students eventually graduate and start their careers in subtitling, they will find that SubtitleNEXT is a cost-effective solution that offers various purchase and rental options, which is a great advantage.”

Profuz Digital’s  CEO Ivanka Vassileva comments, “We are proud to support Łukasz Dutka and his team at the University of Warsaw. We collaborated with them at the Intermedia Warsaw Conference last year where we showcased the SubtitleNEXT system. We learned at the event how Łukasz has also worked on important research projects, including “Respeaking –  process, competences, and quality”, led by Professor Agnieszka Szarkowska at the University of Warsaw, where they both participated in organising training workshops in the field of respeaking.”

“We are delighted to equip the University of Warsaw’s AVT Lab with SubtitleNEXT software. This move will allow them to teach their second semester courses about subtitling and live subtitling, based on SubtitleNEXT. We are thrilled about this new venture as the university is well-respected and highly proactive and has international appeal. It is an extraordinary university and its outstanding team is making an incredible impact in subtitling work worldwide, which is extremely positive for the industry.” Ivanka notes.

In context concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, the SubtitleNEXT team is available to help assist universities that want to transition to remote training. Ivanka states, “We are in a position to support educational organisations such as universities and colleges with SubtitleNEXT licenses if they need to work from home during the current situation. We have already helped to set-up other customers such as the Hellenic American College in Athens.

About the University of Warsaw
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