Softel New Guide Explains How to Address the Top 10 Subtitling Challenges Facing Modern Broadcasting


Last Updated: August 29, 2012 6:26 pm GMT
(Pangbourne, England--August 29, 2012) Softel today announced the publication of a new guide that identifies the 10 most common subtitling and captioning challenges faced by broadcasters and network operators in complex modern workflows. Examining cost efficiency, video editing synchronization, file format transcoding, multi-language/multi-channel processing, live subtitling, quality control as well as web and mobile streaming, the guide explains each challenge and offers advice on how to tackle them, reviewing recent developments in subtitle and caption processing. It summarizes information in simple tables featuring challenges and their solutions and provides detailed diagrams presenting workflow configurations for optimized subtitle and caption processing.

Working with global broadcasters, facilities houses and other players in the subtitle process ecosystem, Softel has witnessed the emergence of increasingly complex subtitling and captioning issues. Workflows have had to evolve rapidly to answer the exploding demand for IP delivered content and the broadcasters’ need to reach greater numbers of global viewers. Their complexity has made the integration of subtitle and caption processes a difficult task and, with legislation for content accessibility becoming more stringent across the world, this is set to become a crucial issue.

“Every workflow we encounter presents its specific challenges” explains Sam Pemberton, Softel’s Chief Executive Officer. “But there are recurring problems that are linked to a number of key subtitling and captioning processes as we have explained in the guide. The best way to approach these is to use intelligent subtitling and captioning tools that will integrate smoothly in the workflow to efficiently streamline processes”

New guide from Softel examines the top 10 subtitling and captioning challenges

You can download the guide “10 challenges facing the broadcast subtitle community” from the Softel website:

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About Softel
Softel is a global leader in key TV and video technologies. The company specializes in closed captioning, subtitling, video description and ancillary data processing software as well as headend components and interactive, second screen and connected TV solutions, all delivered through a full range of products, professional services and bespoke development.

Based in Pangbourne, near Reading in Berkshire, England, Softel also owns Softel-USA LLC, which focuses entirely on the Americas from its metro New York location. With almost three decades of broadcast experience, Softel has built an impressive network of partners worldwide and a prestigious customer list that includes the biggest names in the broadcast industry.


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