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London-based Titles-On embraces NEXT-TT to fully optimise global localisation efficiency

NEXT-TT penetrates the UK market as technology partner at London’s Titles-On

For immediate release – 25 May 2022, London, UK – Broadcast media and localisation specialists PBT EU announced today that London-based company Titles-On has invested in the NEXT-TT localisation workflow management technology platform to bolster the company’s infrastructure. NEXT-TT’s wide-ranging functionality has provided Titles-On with a powerful backbone designed to further support the whole organisation, in one single efficient system.

The NEXT-TT and SubtitleNEXT editors system which has been deployed at Titles-On, provides the organisation with dependable support for all subtitling management workflow processes which include closed captions, and subtitles creation, editing, correction, delivery, and in other crucial areas, such as freelance orders, financial and media asset management, purchase order management, automatic pricing calculations, income, and expenses breakdown reports and much more. NEXT-TT is also being used to support clients, in-house project management and professional teams of freelance subtitlers and translators, through to accounting staff and owners.

PBT EU installed a complete NEXT-TT management solution to integrate seamlessly within the organisation as a whole. Titles-On now makes full use of the CRM and commercials management modules within NEXT-TT. The platform’s consistent capabilities encompass every aspect of the business, irrespective of the complexity or simplicity of the tasks at hand.

UK-based Titles-On is a global company with an expanding presence in Asia. The company provides quality subtitling and audio services, such as dubbing and audio description and comprised of talented professionals from around the world to provide subtitling and localisation services. The team is set up to work remotely via cloud technologies, connectivity, and the best industry software. The company has established a reputation for consistency and has acquired exceptional recognition worldwide.

Titles-On is passionate about accessibility and believe that everybody should be able to enjoy the world of media. They also recognise that captions can be instrumental in supporting literacy, and they feel strongly that there is a special place in their hearts for independent film makers to reach audiences across borders and get their films distributed on streaming platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon. Titles-On is affiliated to a number of organisations that work with them to provide the best services for their clients such as The American Translators Association, Media & Entertainment Media Alliance, Entertainment Globalization Association, and the Raindance Film Festival.

“Titles-On is a tech-enabled player at the forefront of utilising the smartest technology to automate parts of our workflow. When choosing our technology partner, the deciding factor was the flexible approach of the team at NEXT-TT, creating a solution for us to meet our specific preferences today as well as facilitating adaptation of the system to meet future requirements. It is like having bespoke technology at retail prices.” Stated CEO of Titles-On, Bente Ottersen.

“We are thrilled to support Titles-On as a fully-fledged cloud facility, which has always been at the core of NEXT-TT’s strategy, long before the pandemic arose. Our aim is to best help companies manage security and complexity across projects, global offices, staff, and freelancers,” noted PBT EU’s CTO Kamen Ferdinandov. “The partnership with Titles-On demonstrates how NEXT-TT’s platform allows global firms to access projects at any given time, from anywhere, and facilitate collaboration among staff.”

“We are immensely proud to be Titles-On technology partner, and it’s rewarding to see them embracing NEXT-TT as their platform of choice for their production pipeline for media localisation workflows, and much more,” PBT EU’s CEO and Managing Partner Ivanka Vassileva said, “Titles-On has an excellent reputation for delivering high-calibre services. They are a dynamic company that continually revises and works with the latest technology to stay ahead of change within our industry, ensuring best practice and adapting to emerging technologies in order to benefit their clients and wider community. We admire their outlook and are very pleased to be providing the NEXT-TT platform from which they can continue to deliver great work. We look forward to a long partnership with them.”

PBT EU specialises in the broadcast and media market with a host of hardware and software solutions for digital asset management and localisation services, which includes the SubtitleNEXT and NEXT-TT platforms.

NEXT-TT is a hybrid software platform for managing timed-text, dubbing and localisation services for all types of content. It includes functionality for managing translation teams, audiovisual professionals, creative freelancers, while providing users with powerful toolsets in a secure workspace enabling accelerated workflows with quality results.

The SubtitleNEXT platform is used for both offline and real-time captioning for all kinds of media formats. Some of the many organisations, 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, University of Ghent, 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 NEXT-TT at https://pbteu.com/products/next-tt/

For more about Titles-On, visit www.titles-on.com

New features in SubtitleNEXT and NEXT-TT to be revealed at APTRAD, including brand new automatic Licensing Manager

APTRAD Virtual Conference – 8 – 11 September 2021- Porto, Portugal

For immediate release – 19 August 2021, Porto, Portugal – As a premium sponsor of APTRAD, the SubtitleNEXT team will launch the very latest innovation in its subtitling technology, including a new automatic Licensing Manager now available in SubtitleNEXT version 5.10. The new SubtitleNEXT License Manager provides organisations with an administrator account to allocate the acquired licenses for the users of their choice, under their own control and self-management.

In addition, the powerful NEXT-TT platform will be presented at APTRAD, revealing brand new features that optimise collaborative work and QC, by incorporating many of the stunning advancements available in SubtitleNEXT.

With media accessibility being more urgent than ever for broadcasters and AVT professionals, the timing of a show like APTRAD is paramount. APTRAD 2021 takes place from 8 – 11 September, marking Portugal’s first-ever international online audiovisual translation event. It provides top industry professionals with a space to connect and explore informative topics across the AV translation and broadcast sectors ranging from subtitling, dubbing, accessibility modalities, subtitling for hearing-impaired people, and audio description. The APTRAD 2021’s conference pass provides participants with 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.

APTRAD will feature dedicated online demo sessions of SubtitleNEXT that will be held at 4pm every day of the show in Room C, as outlined in the official programme. The sessions will unveil SubtitleNEXT version 5.10 in action and how it adapts to specific AVT and broadcasting. The SubtitleNEXT virtual booth plans to run a quiz, and APTRAD attendees are invited to enter the raffle for a chance to win a laptop and a sought-after SubtitleNEXT Lifetime Expert License.

 

Creator of the SubtitleNEXT software platform, Profuz Digital’s CTO Kamen Ferdinandov, who is a speaker at the technology roundtable sessions at APTRAD, will highlight the important role that audiovisual translation tools play in today’s world.

Ivanka Vassileva, CEO of PBT EU states, “We have exciting announcements to make at APTRAD with the very latest development upgrades created to help professionals adapt in line with the pandemic and post pandemic situation with regards to remote work and frequent changes in the workplace. Our primary focus at APTRAD is about introducing our new floating licenses mechanism and automatic electronic licensing, together with the brand-new License Manager in SubtitleNEXT that is completely versatile for delivering both remote and on-site use by single or multi users. The new licensing modules are designed to empower customers to have much more control over their licensing schedules. Kamen and I look forward to engaging with attendees over the upcoming four-day event and introducing them to the incredible benefits that the SubtitleNEXT and NEXT-TT platforms provide.”

What’s New In SubtitleNEXT version 5.10

A summary of the many new upgraded features in SubtitleNEXT 5.10 to be demonstrated at APTRAD 2021, include the integration with newsroom editing systems such as AVID, iNews, and Octopus, real-time live subtitling with one or two stages respeaking capability, dictation corrections with optional filters and spell checking as well as compatibility with outputs such as You Tube, Zoom, Decklink, Newfor and more. Another new amazing feature of SubtitleNEXT is “New Getting Started Tour and Dashboard” for quick access to useful tools and resources, support of multiple automatic translation engines and options to use these at the same time via Microsoft and Google, batch conversions including automatic transcriptions, audio extraction from video, video proxy creation, new subtitle templates and profiles with selectable StyleSets per file, integration with multiple dictation applications and ASR engines such as Google, Microsoft and Scriptix (https://www.scriptix.io/). Other exciting features among numerous others also include, upgraded mechanism for embedding subtitles into media including 4K burning, keyboard macros recording and library, parallel multi-subtitles synchronous preview, custom time markers and scene changes name, time and colour, editing; offset corrections; saving and export, audio timeline with waveform and spectrum visualisation-zoom, gain, magnification controls, global detachable timeline, multi-region supported by timed text formats like WebVTT, TTML, Netflix, EBU-TT, SMPTE-TT, EIA-708, and much more.


What’s New in NEXT-TT

To list a few of the many impressive enhanced complex and involved capabilities the NEXT-TT platform can perform, that will be presented at APTRAD, include tasks such as creating single and multi-language series, project management, automatic task creation and assignment, resources classification per skill set such as language pairs and language proficiency, resource availability management and workload display per day, the implementation of Microsoft cognitive services for transcription and translation from and to multiple languages, creation and management of purchase orders and payments to external resources, automatic price calculations based on video materials duration for clients’ and vendors’ orders, inventory module supporting services with validity and maintenance periods, improved purchasing process including creation of purchase orders and invoices as well as stock, availability management, multiple statistics in the form of pie charts, bar charts and other visualization types, improved subtitle suite and online subtitles editor, quick start mechanism and wizard for new users and beginners, a new simplified subtitling dashboard for “newbies”, and a stunning brand new License Manager for managing users accounts by the company’s administrator to control and manage SubtitleNEXT floating licenses and assignment. (https://subtitlenext.com/product-line/platform/ )

Contact www.SubtitleNEXT.com to find out more about SubtitleNEXT and NEXT-TT and to access the latest demo.

To register for the APTRAD conference online and to view the full programme, please visit https://aptrad.pt/1stAVTIntConf/

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About SubtitleNEXT

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. Many of the 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, Europe’s largest Belgium-based production company Videohouse, The Hellenic American College of Greece, Madrid’s UCM and many others. Find out more here www.subtitleNEXT.com

About NEXT-TT – Find out more here https://subtitlenext.com/product-line/platform/

About PBT EU – Visit them at www.pbteu.com

About Scriptix – Visit them at https://www.scriptix.io/

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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About ITPros
Visit https://itpros.it/

About PBT EU
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.

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.

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. Visit www.pbteu.com

Multilingual Film Productions rely on efficient Subtitling

SubtitleNEXT creator Kamen Ferdinandov talks through “what’s NEXT-TT in subtitling software to equip subtitlers”

Subtitles support upcoming filmmakers by providing accuracy and fluency. They play a vital role in ensuring that directors receive the recognition they deserve on the regional and international stage.

Subtitles are beginning to feature in international films. They help movie makers gain global recognition and even win awards.

Now in 2021, subtitles are a hugely important topic more than ever before. Subtitles recently hit the radar again with Minari receiving the Golden Globes award for best “Foreign language film”. The multi-Oscar award-winning South Korean black comedy thriller Parasite made history by winning best picture, a feat that no other subtitled film achieved in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards. The film’s director Bong Joon-ho used his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes to champion subtitles and encouraged audiences not to be put off by international films. He said that once audiences “overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles” they will be introduced to so many amazing films, further noting that we use only one language: “the cinema.”

This outlook reflects the mindset of Profuz Digital’s CTO Kamen Ferdinandov, a passionate and inspiring developer who also believes in opening audiences up to a whole new world. By creating a subtitling application to help surpass language barriers, he hopes to make subtitling more widely accessible and user friendly.

SubtitleNEXT creator Kamen Ferdinandov discusses what’s next in subtitling software to equip subtitlers with efficient toolsets and achieve results that filmmakers require.

From the very beginning, Kamen wanted to make a platform available to everyone at every level. This meant it had to be equipped with familiar text-editing application tools. He set out to make the subtitling software-only platform SubtitleNEXT to achieve just this.

Kamen notes, “No longer are subtitles only deemed necessary for those with impaired hearing but are perceived as imperative to anyone wanting to watch content when in noisy places or with the sound off.”

He points out, “When conducting timed text representations of the spoken text in another language, in other words, translating spoken text from one language into written text into another language, especially in the audio-visual field, you need to pay attention to the time restrictions and cultural differences. Therefore subtitling is never pure text translation, as there should always be some adaptation involved in order to transmit the message of the speaker. However, localisation is key to account for the viewer’s cultural references. The SubtitleNEXT system we have created, offers many helpful tools to assist the translation and interpretation processes incorporated into the new Smart Text Assist features for example. The software offers alternatives and suggestions when preparing subtitles which facilitates translation and adaptation processes, but it also provides additional visual materials such as emojis and a variety of text formatting and styling features which are really useful when interpreting.”

 

Kamen established Profuz Digital back in 2014 with his colleague Ivanka Vassileva to develop software solutions for the digital media industry. With headquarters based in Toronto, they use their R&D Centre in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia as a technology hub. Ivanka is CEO of systems integration firm PBT EU in Bulgaria and naturally took the position of CEO of Profuz Digital as well.

Profuz Digital and its SubtitleNEXT team are constantly evolving to meet the needs of subtitlers. Kamen expands further, “SubtitleNEXT stems from a proven and well-established 30-year legacy based on world-wide renowned subtitling tool for broadcasters “SubtitlePlus”, which originally evolved from “Subtitle”, one of the first file-based subtitling tools. 2016 marked the year that SubtitlePlus quickly migrated to the fully-fledged product SubtitleNEXT that is used today by many subtitling professionals. By 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.”

SubtitleNEXT is used by the likes of the University of Warsaw, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Polsat, Doli Media Studio, The European School of Translation and Europe’s largest Belgium-based production company Videohouse, where it was used on well-known TV series such as Big Little Lies, Sirens, Vikings and many more. In addition, the Hellenic American College of Greece invested in SubtitleNEXT to equip 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.

Defined as reliable timed-text subtitling software, 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 has an array of immediate resourceful tools and 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, but also a productive profit-making product to media organisations worldwide.

Another exciting offering on the market is the localisation platform NEXT-TT – Profuz Digital’s complete cloud solution that combines SubtitleNEXT with Profuz LAPIS – already adopted by the likes of Canal + Myanmar FG, Linxstream Media, Doli Media Studios and IT Pros Subtitles.

“NEXT-TT can be configured to work in a “hybrid” way.” Kamen adds, “ Profuz LAPIS is our dedicated business management system that ties all business processes under one roof and adds an additional layer of security and creates a single environment to control the management, usage, structure, storage of business data and audiovisual processes. We want our customers to enjoy a user-friendly interface that anyone in their organisation can understand, and NEXT-TT is designed to be convenient and easy to use.”

Kamen continues, “SubtitleNEXT’s impact on Profuz Digital due to its historical role has been a positive one. To have an established product that the market already believes in, provides a great foundation to build further features that can bring efficiency speed and proficiency to users in a busy environment. In essence, the Profuz Digital outlook has always been fully committed to deliver simpler and versatile solutions without compromising functionality and performance.”

Kamen concludes, “Our secret is that even if we have a lot of experience we listen carefully to what everyone has to say, and we genuinely care about the challenges the industry faces. As a team, we take an interest. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic we have ensured that our systems can be used remotely where required to serve our clients. We encourage feedback and use it to implement positive changes, develop new capabilities to deliver ground-breaking functionalities that benefit users more than ever before. We never stop evolving, learning, and growing on this exciting journey, and we want to make subtitling fun for everyone to enjoy, across various genres, appealing to the novice and the pro!”

Further information and a free trial, visit www.subtitleNEXT.com and  https://profuzdigital.com/about-us/