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Ghent University adopts SubtitleNEXT to equip students for the future

For immediate release – 19 May 2022, Ghent, Belgium – Europe’s prestigious Belgian Ghent University has invested in the SubtitleNEXT platform for the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication to further empower students.

After carefully reviewing a number of subtitling software systems, including free cloud-based programmes, the university’s Language and Translation Technology team chose SubtitleNEXT as system of choice to replace their previous subtitling tool.

Ghent University is a major public research institution, currently ranked within the top one hundred World University Rankings. With a total of 36,000 students and 9,000 staff, the University of Ghent has over eleven faculties offering more than two hundred courses that conduct in-depth research within a wide range of scientific disciplines, while its research investment averages around £180 million annually.

Within the Department of Translation, Interpreting and Multilingual Communication, students are being trained as language and language technology specialists, which offers them career perspectives in the translation and interpreting industry, including marketing and communications, education, natural language processing (NLP), and so forth.

For many years, subtitling has been part of the curriculum at Bachelor, Master, and Postgraduate level, and constitutes an important internship program thanks to collaborations with The International Film Fest Gent.

Ghent University’s Language Technology Lecturer Cynthia Van Hee says, “SubtitleNEXT stood out from the other systems due to many factors such as its intuitive interface and the large number of functionalities it offers. The versatile licensing schemes, including PBT EU’s dedicated technical support and maintenance options also appealed to us, as they give us flexibility to request specific functionalities for our purposes.”

Expanding on the key elements that attracted the department to invest in SubtitleNEXT, Cynthia outlines further details, “With teaching purposes in mind, our decision was mainly based on the technical advantages that SubtitleNEXT offers, outlined in my summary as follows:

Firstly, SubtitleNEXT’s intuitive interface works for us. Basic functionalities for loading a video, such as, spotting, adding, removing, and editing subtitles are all straightforward in the system. This is a major requirement for us, given that teachers and students with different backgrounds would be working with SubtitleNEXT.

Secondly, we were very impressed with the multitude of functionalities SubtitleNEXT has to offer and that they are also relevant to a range of other courses in our department. SubtitleNEXT provides invaluable respeaking and live subtitling options for candidates in our Interpreting Master’s programme too, including automatic translation plugin possibilities for the courses on Translation, displaying different interface layouts that allow easy comparison of subtitle files and so on.

Thirdly, given our yearly collaborations with different film festivals, SubtitleNEXT also delivers in this important area for us, with the types of video formats the system supports and the number of export possibilities.

Finally, the SubtitleNEXT floating licensing option that PBT EU offers is a considerable advantage when working with many groups of students.”

In addition, Cynthia reveals a few of her favourite features in SubtitleNEXT, “We really like the logical and clear layout design with limitless options for subtitle layout and editing. The various interface layouts, such as the side-by-side view for correcting purposes are useful, as well as the support for different video and export formats. It’s also great that we have the opportunity in SubtitleNEXT to create different subtitling profiles, each with their own set of properties.”

Looking ahead to what’s next, she adds, “We are also eager to learn more about the live subtitling option in the future. We are truly satisfied with SubtitleNEXT as our new subtitling software, and so are our students. The software appears to be very intuitive to them and provides all necessary options to allow them to successfully embark on their subtitling adventure.

We are also really happy with and grateful for the customer support we received so far. Switching software always implies many changes and a steep learning curve, but we can always address our concerns and questions, which are responded quickly and efficiently.”

CEO and Managing Partner of PBT EU, Ivanka Vassileva concludes, “We are delighted to welcome Ghent University to the growing community of SubtitleNEXT professionals. We feel immensely proud that the university’s dynamic Language and Translation Technology team invested in SubtitleNEXT for its various language and translation programmes, arming a future generation with key skills within a fast-paced global market. As a team that places our customers as first priority, we deeply value the relationship we have with the university, and we very much look forward to working with Cynthia and her outstanding team as they continue to transfer excellent subtitling skills to the next generation in an evolving digital world.”

The SubtitleNEXT platform is used for both offline and real-time captioning for all kinds of media formats. Some of the many organisations, including universities that have already adopted SubtitleNEXT include EMG, Digitalmeister GmbH, Leinhäuser Language Services GmbH, Polsat, Kino Polska, University of Rome Tor Vergata, the University of Warsaw, European School of Translation, Max Live Media Access, Biovisjon, IT Pros Subtitles, Doli Media Studio, Cube Cinema Technologies, Tring TV, Bulgarian National Television, Canal Plus Myanmar, AMC, HD Media, Hellenic American College of Greece, European School of Translation, the Complutense University of Madrid, and many others.

Find out more about SubtitleNEXT at www.SubtitleNEXT.com

For more about Ghent University’s Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication, visit https://www.ugent.be/lw/vtc/nl. Further information about the Department’s Translation and Language Technology research can be found here https://lt3.ugent.be/

 

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About PBT EU

PBT EU develops and provides performance-leading solutions and customisable engineering system integration to empower content providers, broadcast, production, and post-production professionals to operate efficiently at the forefront of an ever-evolving digital environment. PBT EU’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. PBT EU collaborates with worldwide renowned technology partners across distribution and system integration projects. Headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria, with a global outreach including centres outside the country where sales, support, manufacturing, and R&D operations take place. www.pbteu.com

 

About SubtitleNEXT

SubtitleNEXT is a user-friendly, innovative, customisable, intuitive, and affordable timed-text software platform. Already adopted across various multimedia industries, it is designed for personal and professional use. It easily adapts to any settings, resolutions, and formats such as AR, MR, VR, 8K, 4K, 2K, HD, SD, 3D, UHD across online video, TV, film, theatre, concerts, festivals, conferences, and events. It can be applied throughout the entire video production process from concept to distribution. SubtitleNEXT already has a proven track record of success and continued to support customers throughout the entire pandemic, owing to its flexibility and remote capabilities. Visit www.SubtitleNEXT.com

 

About Ghent University

To find out more, visit the Language and Translation Department website (in Dutch): https://www.ugent.be/lw/vtc/nl

The website of the research group Language and Translation Technology: https://lt3.ugent.be/

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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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About PBT EU

What they do – PBTEU develops and provides performance-leading solutions and customisable engineering system integration to empower content providers, broadcast, production, and post-production professionals to operate efficiently at the forefront of an ever-evolving digital environment.


Who they are & Product Line – 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.

A Global Company – PBTEU collaborates with worldwide renowned technology partners across distribution and system integration projects. Headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria with a global outreach including centres outside of the country where sales, support, manufacturing, and R&D operations take place. www.pbteu.com

About UCM
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www.ucm.es for further information.

About Dr Juan Pedro Rica Peromingo
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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

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