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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About Profuz Digital
Profuz Digital is a boutique software development company with headquarters in Toronto, Canada. We are a truly global company with a global mindset. We create powerful software solutions for organizing workflows and contents. Our portfolio includes Profuz LAPIS, SubtitleNEXT, and NEXT-TT. Profuz Digital products fulfil your organisation’s needs for translation, subtitling, all timed-text services, data processing, media processing, content management, business and process automation, device control, and systems integration. We provide solutions to companies from industries, such as production and post-production, entertainment, digital marketing, outsourcing, health, education, broadcasting, and manufacturing. We are curious. We are ambitious. And we excel where others fail. https://profuzdigital.com


About SubtitleNEXT

Visit www.SubtitleNEXT.com


About the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT)
LIFT is an artist-run charitable organization dedicated to facilitating excellence in the moving image through media arts education and production resources. LIFT exists to provide support and encouragement for independent filmmakers and artists through affordable access to production, post-production, and exhibition equipment; professional and creative development; workshops and courses; commissioning and exhibitions; artist-residencies; and a variety of other services. Founded in 1981 by a small collective, LIFT has since grown to become one of the foremost centres of its kind globally. https://lift.ca (Follow on Twitter @LIFTfilm)

 

 

 

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

 

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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
Visit http://welcome.uw.edu.pl/the-university-of-warsaw/ for further information.

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Hellenic American College in Athens relies on SubtitleNEXT to allow for remote online study

13 May 2020, Athens, Greece   – When it was announced that colleges and universities would have to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Hellenic American College in Athens was in an immediate position to be able to transfer onsite courses to synchronous online sessions.

With the help of the SubtitleNEXT platform, chosen for the Masters in Translation (MAT) Program and Audio-visual Translation Lab, students are currently able to continue working on SubtitleNEXT remotely to complete their courses without disruption.

SubtitleNEXT is a flexible subtitling timed-text system that can run on different types of hardware. With the cooperation of the SubtitleNEXT team, the educational set-up was quickly adapted for remote working and virtual study. The powerful features in SubtitleNEXT and the collective team spirit have allowed students to continue their learning, and it will enable them to progress to the next stage of their educational journey.

Hellenic American College in Athens is a dynamic institution with lecturers who had already embraced and adopted SubtitleNEXT last year for its MAT program, arming a future generation with knowledge of how to effectively localize content for every major studio, OTT platform, and broadcast company to meet global consumer demand. The MAT is one of 14 academic degree programs of the US-accredited Hellenic American University which the College offers in Greece. Students in the MAT program acquire the credentials to begin a career in translation, audio-visual translation and editing.

Dr Vasilis Manousakis, who teaches Literary and Audio-visual Translation at Hellenic American College said, “Our strong culture and professional values ensure that students are at the heart of everything we do. I’m extremely proud of the SubtitleNEXT application that allows us to continue to offer an exceptional student learning experience and the vital service that many staff are providing remotely at this time. Technologies that can quickly adapt to changing situations are the future.”

Director of the MAT Program, Petros Romaios noted, “Hellenic American College in Athens adapts well to change, and our team and students remain resilient and positive, despite the challenges. The college immediately implemented our strategy so that students could continue studying and learning remotely to prevent the spread of COVID-19, with lecturers and tutors working tirelessly behind-the- scenes to move all operations online, share best practice and discover new and innovative ways of working. We view this current situation as an opportunity to reflect, review and innovate using SubtitleNEXT at the helm of our course.”

PBT EU’s Sales and Product Expert Maria Markovska added, “As soon as Hellenic American College in Athens was informed of the college closure announcement, the department was already in an advantageous position to move to remote working using SubtitleNEXT for the AVT Lab and MAT program to ensure continued high levels of student participation and engagement.  We are pleased to hear how the college has taken advantage of SubtitleNEXT’s versatility that allows for remote collaboration.  It is key to the MAT students to keep up with the subtitling course, and during this difficult period it is excellent to see the technology used to its full potential and that new and effective ways of working have been found during the challenging crisis. With SubtitleNEXT, Dr Manousakis and Mr Romaios, continue to transfer vital and creative subtitling skills in an evolving digital world.”

About Hellenic American College in Greecehttps://www.haec.gr/en/master-translation

 

Auvi Translator Pro’s Film & TV Subtitler Riccardo Mimmi selected SubtitleNEXT

We are delighted to announce that Auvi Translator Pro’s film and TV subtitler Riccardo Mimmi is using SubtitleNEXT as subtitling system of choice to support leading film and television subtitling and localization projects.

Through his company Auvi Translator Pro, Riccardo provides specialized translation services across many languages such as English, Italian, Spanish and French.

Using SubtitleNEXT and proprietary online cloud platforms, Riccardo Mimmi’s role as a localization specialist and subtitler entails complex projects that involve translation and adaptation of content, where he has had to recreate the tone in documentaries, TV series and movies to suit the target audience.

Localization entails adapting cultural references in a movie or series to local standards or expressions which he excels at. Right from the synopsis phase through to pre-production and post-production, Riccardo’s expertise covers lip-sync dubbing and voice-over screenplays, dialogue lists and audio description for the blind and visually impaired. His skillsets are vast and he also works on video game and app localization.

“Subtitles have to abide to very strict requirements in my line of work,” Riccardo explains,  “So I chose SubtitleNEXT which is a reliable professional subtitling software to ensure 100% accuracy, and it supports all popular formats like .stl, .srt, .dfxp, .pac, Digital Cinema and more.”

Riccardo has an impressive portfolio and has been translating and subtitling literally hundreds of well-known movies, TV series, and documentaries from major Hollywood studios, broadcast networks and online streaming companies such as Netflix and Amazon over the course of his entire career. Some of the many titles he has worked on include the likes of, ‘Klaus’, ‘Salvation’, ‘The Man in the High Castle’, ‘Vikings’, ‘American Hustle’, ‘The Americans’, ‘The Office’, ‘Easy’, the thriller film ‘Hold the Dark’, ‘Oprah’s Book Club’ and others.

Riccardo also supports upcoming filmmakers by providing film festival solutions that ensure accurate and fluent subtitles in order to help directors receive the recognition they deserve on the regional and international stage. Other key translation services he offers include timing, proofreading, editing, technical QC, conformance, exports, format conversion, transcribing, customizing subtitle styles, “burn-in” and much more.

Passionate about his work, Riccardo adds, “The goal of any filmmaker is to convey messages and emotions by transposing stories and characters to the screen. Localized versions are only as good if they are faithful to the creative intent that sparked their creation.”

Ivanka Vassileva, CEO of Profuz Digital, the creator of SubtitleNEXT software says, “Riccardo is a dynamic professional with an excellent reputation in the film and television industry for his outstanding subtitling and localization skills, and we are proud that he is part of the growing “SubtitleNEXT community. There is no limit to what he can do in his field, and we are thrilled to support him and continue to enjoy a close relationship with him on the many projects that he has lined up using SubtitleNEXT.”

Being an active member of SUBTLE and The Subtitlers’ Association keeps him abreast of industry trends, and he is also involved in education and training. He is in collaboration with ISTRAD’s Masters in Audiovisual Translation as an Italian tutor, where he helps students learn how to produce subtitles and dubbing according to the highest professional standards and best practice.

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About SubtitleNEXT
SubtitleNEXT is a timed-text subtitling software packages with an array of immediate resourceful tools and features that deliver to a high standard. Created by Profuz Digital and distributed by PBT EU, it is available in a single compact and powerful application. It’s a system that benefits many professionals and different skillset levels such as freelance audio-visual translation professionals, through to Language Services Providers, production and post-production companies and broadcasters. Anyone who has to handle heavy workloads within tight timeframe structures will find that SubtitleNEXT proves to be a time-saving and productive asset. Visit www.subtitleNEXT.com

 

About Auvi Translator Pro  – Visit  https://auvitranslator.pro

 

SubtitleNEXT Supports First Audiovisual Event in Portugal

Hear us talk about the latest industry trends, attend a SubtitleNEXT workshop, or meet us at our booth for a chance to win a grand prize

We are pleased to announce that we will hold a SubtitleNEXT Workshop over APTRAD – the two-day conference which takes place in Porto on the 3rd and 4th of April this year.

Marking Portugal’s first-ever international audiovisual translation event, it will attract world-class professionals to explore various areas across the sector ranging from subtitling, dubbing, accessibility modalities, in particular, subtitling for the deaf and hard of hearing, and audio description.

Our CTO Kamen Ferdinandov 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.

Our CEO Ivanka Vassileva states, “We are very excited that we are involved in this significant event. Kamen and I will be discussing the latest in subtitling technology at the SubtitleNEXT booth, and we will be available to demonstrate how our software adapts to specific AVT requirements. We are also giving away a free laptop with a SubtitleNEXT “Expert” lifetime license to a lucky guest at the event who enters the raffle. Do come by and see us, if you are at the conference to find out more.”

SubtitleNEXT has been adopted by many universities such as Hellenic American College in Greece, University of Warsaw, Tor Verdata University in Rome and is used on many well-known projects and popular TV series like ‘Vikings’ and ‘Big Little Lies’. To find out more, and to keep up to date with upcoming events, and future announcements, keep an eye on our website: https://subtitlenext.com/club/events/

To join APTRAD and break new ground in audiovisual translation, at what will be an historic event for AVT professionals, visit the website at https://aptrad.pt/1stAVTIntConf to register. Read more about the technology round table programme here https://aptrad.pt/1stAVTIntConf/speaker-kamen-ferdinandov/

 

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About SubtitleNEXT
SubtitleNEXT is a timed-text subtitling software package with an array of immediate resourceful tools and features that deliver to a high standard. It’s a system that benefits many professionals and different skillset levels, such as freelance audio-visual translation professionals, Language Services Providers, production and post-production companies, and broadcasters. Anyone who has to handle heavy workloads within tight timeframe structures will find that SubtitleNEXT proves to be a time-saving and productive asset.

 

History of SubtitleNEXT. Part III. The present – What’s NEXT-TT?

Part 3 – The present – What’s NEXT-TT?

The NEXT-TT – SubtitleNEXT approach brings something different to the industry as Kamen outlines below.

“We offer something completely different to what is out there right now. We are not restricted to one market area; the product applies to every single company and industry. There literally are no limitations.

To provide an example, typically there are two approaches to providing solutions to customers, and they are either project or custom-based or industry-specific or ‘out of the box’.

The custom/project-based line is an extremely expensive option and can be slow moving. Also, historically from our experience, providers of such solutions are trying to replicate or reuse software that is made for specific situations which could prove to be a nightmare for users in the long run. Their knowledge and know-how are specific as they are focused on a limited number of customers/projects.

Regarding the industry-specific ‘out-of-the-box’ option, this can lack flexibility and needs additional integration work, which means that the company needs to adapt to the software and not the other way around.

Looking at both approaches, we effectively address both and our aim is to further develop and refine them. Of course, every solution has its drawbacks. However, by building certain partnerships, we are fully equipped to deal with challenges as they arise. For example, if an organisation has a requirement for the ‘best of breed CRM’, we would be confident and flexible enough to connect to whichever tool the client needs, and then be able to provide other functionalities much faster and at an affordable rate at the same time.”

The sky is the limit In the Cloud

Kamen expands further that NEXT-TT can provide a complete cloud solution, or it can be configured to work in a “hybrid” way.

“It would be entirely up to the customer and what their needs dictate in terms of the architecture. This adds an additional layer of security and creates a single environment to control the management, usage, structure, storage of various data and processes.”

“So, it is entirely up to you, “ adds Kamen, “If you want, you can have access to all your business-critical files from any web device whether you’re at your desk, working from home or at a coffee shop halfway around the world. Businesses are more mobile today than ever before.”

Advantages worth mentioning involving cloud asset management with SubtitleNEXT and NEXT-TT include easy implementation, quick adoption, great integration, an intuitive user experience and crucially, security. Fast implementation frees up IT resources and allows you to get started straight away. “We also want our customers to enjoy a user-friendly interface that anyone in their organisation can understand, and NEXT-TT is incredibly convenient and easy to use.”

The SubtitleNEXT team have attended several key events and have had extraordinary feedback and positive results with many freelancers, language service providers and linguist specialists adopting the SubtitleNEXT software. As a team they are always thinking about the next move.

What’s NEXT for SubtitleNEXT?

Kamen concludes, “Our secret is that we listen carefully to what everyone has to say. The team also genuinely cares about what challenges the industry faces and they take an interest. We work with this vital feedback and use it to implement positive changes, develop new capabilities and hopefully bring ground-breaking functionalities that benefit users more than ever before.”

The team has also been hard at work building a sense of community around the product for users to enjoy, which helps them to understand their needs and expectations at all levels. The successful launch of our online members group NEXT Club is a space set up by Profuz Digital for subtitling professionals to share resources, tips & tricks, and contribute to news articles and blogs in the “world of subtitling”.

“We have been overwhelmed by the enormous interest in SubtitleNEXT recently across various international events that we have been involved in such as The Languages and Media forum in Berlin, Media 4All8 in Stockholm and more recently at IBC2019 in Amsterdam followed by the Intermedia Warsaw Conference in Poland as Gold sponsors and Toronto’s Elevate event. The Profuz Digital outlook has always been fully committed to deliver simpler and versatile solutions without compromising functionality and performance.”

This is a company with software capabilities that are definitely going somewhere and here to stay for the long-term.

For further information about the company and SubtitleNEXT and Profuz LAPIS products, visit https://profuzdigital.com

Expanding on the development of subtitling software & timed-text over the year, popularity and trends. History of SubtitleNEXT. Part 2

Part 2: Expanding on the development of subtitling software & timed-text over the year, popularity and trends

The SubtitleNEXT of 1990 is not the same product that has now evolved into what it is today, but the goals of the creators of the company, helped get them get to where they are now. This evolution eventually led to the present day SubtitleNEXT and NEXT-TT platforms and has grown to fit user needs over time. It has been masterfully refined into the fully-fledged sophisticated renewed versions that are now available and “market-ready”.

Kamen sums up the advantages that the evolutionary process has brought to the present-day systems SubtitleNEXT and NEXT-TT,  “Unlike other tech products that tie up users with single vendor dependencies, we prefer to give our clients the freedom to benefit from a variety of dynamic industry-specific technologies, while retaining the distinct advantages that using a single system brings, such as providing a single place to generate searches and reports even across multiple external systems.”

Kamen runs through SubtitleNEXT’s 2019 version’s key features that make it stand out.

“It provides users with a multi-file synchronous browsing editing feature with a standard and text editor-like experience that can create standard and modern creative subtitles and timed text messaging that adapt to all the latest rules, checks and fix-ups to the subtitles (both text and timing).

RegEx Search and Replace engine has been included to allow advanced search and text replacements, for example one can find all Name Family type names and reverse them to Family Name without explicitly listing all name pairs, nor doing it a pair at a time.

The Hybrid platform called NEXT-TT supports both local and online materials such as subtitles, media and metadata. The latter one gives the same experience as in a web application but with the benefits of a desktop application, and uses all available translation and other tools, in case of a limited web application on terms of the webserver’s provision.

SubtitleNEXT has the flexibility to work with all kinds of timed media from video, audio, presentations, and also supports Live Subtitling with one or two stages of “re-speaking”.

SubtitleNEXT also 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 – you name it.  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 convenience.”

Often referencing a system as “legacy” means that it paved the way for the standards that would follow and that it is tried and tested, solid, trusted and a reliable product that has had time to prove itself to the market.

In the case with SubtitleNEXT, it is evident, it always and still does provide for the users’ needs.

SubtitleNEXT’s impact on Profuz Digital due to its historical role has been a positive one, and Kamen explains why, “To have an established product that the market already believes in, provides a great foundation to build further on even more incredible features that can bring efficiency speed and proficiency to users in a busy environment – for example – development has also included adding new interfaces including web-based, terminal-based mainframe applications, forward engineering approaches and these have greatly improved and influenced  the legacy software and durability.”

Adding, “Technologists understand the importance of sound architecture right from the start. The best systems in place today are those that embraced well-known IT architectural principles.  Poorly designed systems often don’t last, both because they wear out and because their inherent faults invite replacement. Thus, many organisations are rediscovering the value of both their legacy systems and the theoretical underpinnings of those systems.”

The History of SubtitleNEXT – Part I

Part 1: – Introduction to the SubtitleNEXT 30+ Year Journey

Defined as one of the industry’s most reliable and emergent timed-text subtitling software packages, it is no surprise why SubtitleNEXT is referred to by many professionals today as the “subtitler’s lifesaver.”

Delivering to high industry standards, the system is teeming with an array of immediate resourceful tools and unrivalled features. Available in a single compact application, it punches above its weight and can be put to work on heavy deadline-driven workloads.

Primarily aimed at audio-visual translation freelance professionals, through to Language Services Providers, production, post-production companies and broadcasters, SubtitleNEXT has proven itself as a time-saving commodity, but also a productive profit-making asset to media organisations worldwide.

Many of the companies and educational establishments that have already adopted the system and use SubtitleNEXT on a daily basis including the likes of Canal+ Myanmar FG, the University of Rome Tor Vergata, The Hellenic American College, Doli Media Studio, The  European School of Translation and Europe’s largest Belgium-based production company Videohouse, where it has been used on well-known TV series such as Big Little Lies, Sirens, Vikings and many more.

Created by Profuz Digital and distributed by PBT EU, SubtitleNEXT stems from a reliable legacy that has been built up over the past thirty years.  CTO and Founder Kamen Ferdinandov is the brainchild behind the core software  development. With a combination of technological expertise, Kamen is backed by a passionate team with astute business acumen and industry awareness, jointly responsible for SubtitleNEXT’s ongoing growth and success.

Kamen established his company Profuz Digital in 2014 along with PBT EU’s CEO Ivanka Vassileva and Dessie Nikolov who is an experienced Software Product Manager and a Master of Digital Media from Ryerson University, Toronto and currently Profuz Digital’s Managing Director for the Americas. With headquarters based in Canada, Profuz Digital boasts an R&D Centre shared between Toronto and Bulgaria’s capital Sofia.

Profuz Digital was created  as a vibrant hub of technical innovation where business and technologies merge in order to provide game-changing and invaluable cutting-edge software solutions to a dynamic media and entertainment industry. The customised solutions created by Profuz Digital are not only powerful, but also cost-effective, user-friendly, time-efficient and easy to support 24/7.

The development of Profuz Digital’s LAPIS which is a  global business process and information management platform, took place in 2014.  Profuz LAPIS creates scalable customised modules that adapt to every type of complex business structure and connects all the dots that a business interacts with, including multiple-companies, outsourcing, partners, suppliers and customers, while constantly adapting to the needs of the organisation.   Doli Media and Canal + Myanmar FG are recent LAPIS customers, among many others that have installed Profuz LAPIS systems.

In 2016, the migration of SubtitlePlus quickly followed on to the next level, resulting in the SubtitleNEXT brand. Consequently, Profuz Digital was then in a position to offer users an entire product line which included a whole range of products such as SubtitleNEXT Enterprise, SubtitleNEXT CENTRAL, SubtitleNEXT Air, SubtitleNEXT LIVE Manager, NEXT-TT, Profuz LAPIS and the EXEcutor Media Integrator.  These were all in effect different products but still based on the core LAPIS and/or SubtitleNEXT technology software platforms.

The software development milestones Kamen initiated had led to the evolution from Subtitle, one of the first file-based subtitling tools, through to SubtitlePlus, a worldwide renowned subtitling tool for broadcasters.

“Actually, when the first version of Subtitle appeared over 25 years ago, there were no file-based workflows around, and in fact, they were not even on the horizon. Back then, only tapes were used for preparing subtitles and the problem was that the existing subtitling workstations at that time were specialised and expensive devices.  So, my initial concept was to create a software-only solution which would provide the same high-level workstation but with a standard PC, which we  successfully achieved.” Kamen reflects.

“The design was (and still is) independent from any specific hardware as such, but allows for the inclusion of additional hardware support, such as video signals processing and video mixers that create open subtitles over video signals, as well as timecode readers, VCR controllers, and so forth.  This in turn, also prepared the software for upcoming file-based workflows.“

Furthermore, Kamen had the insight to recognise that it made sense to make the subtitling process more accessible to a much wider user group and not strictly for professionals alone. His initiative was to  implement user-friendly and familiar text editing application tools.

“In the development of the product, my aim now is to ensure that any software user, even without a subtitling background, can find it easy to use our subtitling tools.” Kamen adds.

An example of how this development has evolved in SubtitleNEXT, is that unlike many other subtitling tools that restrict users to work on one subtitle at a time, SubtitleNEXT allows you to work with the whole text in multiple subtitles in line with advanced text editing applications that are familiar in the market today.

The Subtitle version was a DOS-based programme and used the standard PC components to create, edit and air (burn subtitles over video signal). Kamen remarks, “I think back then, it was the only programme of this type and  the only one that could both create, edit and air subtitles.”  Soon afterwards, he created the SubtitlePlus version for Windows. “

A year after the first version of SubtitlePlus appeared, the file-based workflow was then included in its infrastructure. I think it was possibly the first ever file-based workflow in the subtitling world and definitely the only one that provided a mixed environment for both tape-based and file-based pipelines.”  Kamen recalls

Another significant innovation break-through that Kamen can take full credit for concerns the independence of existing standards in Subtitle and SubtitlePlus. Kamen explains, “This concept is more relevant today than ever before. Most existing subtitling solutions available on the market, even now, are highly dependent on what kind of subtitles one creates, whether it be in teletext format, or as open subtitles, closed captions and so on.  This means that some knowledge of these standards is still required, and therefore  limits what can be done with the subtitles. The modern standards that broke this mould are compatible in SubtitleNEXT which is a system that has adapted and shows its readiness to handle and serve all the latest formats, resolutions and technical requirements including various fonts, font sizes, looks, positions, appearance, and much more. This allows SubtitleNEXT to widen the scope in which subtitles or other forms of timed text formats are used.”

Between 2002 and 2014, the focus of SubtitlePlus further evolved across its broadcast-related features and the development  of the multi-channel, multi-language automated subtitle airing platform known, as the DVB Subtitle Server, evolved into SubtitleNEXT Central.

In 2016, Profuz Digital focused on the upgrade and further development of the latest version of the software and renamed it as SubtitleNEXT.  Many of the new features, modern standards and formats were then added and have led to the system that we now see today. It is platform-independent and runs smoothly on all major operating systems such as Windows, Linux and MAC OS.

Hellenic American College in Athens invests in SubtitleNEXT to equip Masters in Translation students with key localization skills

SubtitleNEXT prepares students with a definitive career path to face the pace of demand in the translation and creative industries

We are delighted to announce the adoption of  the SubtitleNEXT system at Hellenic American College in Athens, making it the first college in Greece to offer the platform for its Masters in Translation (MAT) Program and Audio-visual Translation Lab.

The MAT is one of 14 academic degree programs of the US-accredited Hellenic American University which the College offers in Greece. Students in the MAT program acquire the credentials to begin a career in translation, audio-visual translation and editing. They have the option of specializing in the creative industries and entering the world of audio-visual translation, gaming localization or translation for museums or advertising companies. Graduates of the program have found work as freelance translators or at  translation agencies, companies, audio-visual companies and the media.

Dr. Vasilis Manousakis, who teaches Literary and Audio-visual Translation at Hellenic American College, explains why he chose SubtitleNEXT for his students, “It brings an advantage as the environment and functions available in SubtitleNEXT offer my students a platform that matches what exists at large AV translation companies across the world.”

Dr. Manousakis is an artist in his own right, having subtitled and translated a broad range of genres, series and films produced by Disney, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. and Netflix, including House of Cards, Lost, The Good Place, Star Wars and Game of Thrones. His diverse professional and creative background has provided him with well-informed teaching material at Hellenic American College in the Master of Translation and Master of Conference Interpreting program.

He adds, “SubtitleNEXT stands out from all the other systems for its functionality and ease of use. It is effective and user-friendly at the same time.  My students have already used SubtitleNEXT to subtitle many projects I assigned to them. They learned how to navigate the system themselves and their reaction has been very positive.  Our industry is made up of companies such as Netflix, Amazon and Disney; they all require Accessibility Functions (Audio Description and SDH) and it is great to see these incorporated in SubtitleNEXT very soon. That way, we will have an All-In-One package. The most popular SubtitleNEXT tool among my students is definitely the “synchronization” and “in-sub notes” for the QA (Proofreading) task.”

Coordinator of the MAT Program and Associate Director of the Ph.D. in Language and Communication at Hellenic American University, Dr. Themis Kaniklidou notes, “We were using freeware before we upgraded to SubtitleNEXT. This upgrade brings added value to the MAT program, and we can proudly state that our students use professional programs that conform to industry standards. We are delighted that our students are learning top skills with SubtitleNEXT. It accustoms them to working within the kind of professional environment you’d find in the industry. In this sense, the skills will come naturally to them when they approach or are approached by studios and AV companies who want to commission subtitling assignments. SubtitleNEXT is a perfect tool to increase quality and productivity.”

An engaged researcher, Dr. Kaniklidou has observed the growing segmentation of the market, with more translators specializing in fields such as medical or legal translation. The emergence of new fields such as localizing video games and subtitling for streaming services and the immense progress that has been made in machine translation bring new opportunities. She believes that advances in artificial intelligence will repurpose the work of professional translators, with a lot more post-translation editing demands, a task, she confirms, students in the MAT program are already adept at handling.

Under her leadership, the MAT program is responding to these industry changes. She notes,  “We’re providing our students with what the market demands, both in content, with the program’s courses in specialisation translation, translation technology and audio-visual translation, and in technology. We’re doing a very good job for the lucky few students who decide to do the program. With SubtitleNEXT and through their assignments, our students gain experience in all types of AV translation and have a foretaste of the challenges they’ll face in their future careers. MAT is one of the few, if not the only, institution in Greece to be offering SubtitleNEXT to its students.”

SubtitleNEXT Sales and Product Expert Maria Markovska concluded, “We are delighted that the Hellenic American College has chosen SubtitleNEXT for its MAT program, arming a future generation with knowledge of how to effectively localize content for every major studio, OTT platform, and broadcast company and more, at the speed defined by fast growing global consumer demand. As a team that places our customers as first priority, we deeply value the relationship we have with highly dedicated college and faculty members – Dr. Manousakis and Dr. Kaniklidou, and we very much look forward to working with them as they continue to transfer vital and creative subtitling skills in an evolving digital world. Our next cooperation with Dr. Manousakis will be to expose in detail the functionalities in SubtitleNEXT for production of subtitles for the hearing impaired and automations that facilitate audio description.”

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