(Pangbourne, England--April 4, 2013) Softel announced today that it has dramatically enhanced the functionalities of its global caption and subtitle creation workstation, Swift™ Create, to deliver productivity gains and simplify processes. Swift Create V8 is the most fundamental new version of the lauded workstation for more than a decade. It addresses the demands of content owners, broadcasters and facilities to streamline the preparation, checking and repurposing of closed captions and subtitles for both traditional and IP delivered video services.
As the pervasive deployment of multi-platform broadcasting progresses across the world, new mandates are being put in place to regulate the use of captions on content streamed over the web. In the USA, the FCC Communication and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) mandates now require that captions for IP delivered content – for example those consumed on smart phones and tablets – be of the same quality as those broadcast for traditional channels. Moreover, any content captioned on a traditional platform must carry captions. The main challenge of multi-platform captioning is that there can be small variations in content, format and duration of the video for each use case, and thus the caption files must be repurposed to fit. With Swift Create V8, Softel offers over 20 major new functions directly addressing this challenge.
They include extensive direct media support allowing for captioning without having to first convert the media, “rapid review” mode, side-by-side caption file compare, and support for an even wider selection of captioning and subtitling file formats through the latest generation of the Swift Smart File Handling Engine. Swift Create V8 also provides EDL support, enabling the automated re-versioning of captions after video editing as well as “SmartText™” import, an enhanced text import tool that intelligently splits files into viewer-friendly captions, and “ProfanityGuard™”, a flexible tool that allows users to define dictionaries of questionable words and automatically provides substitutes. All these new functions lead to reduced caption repurposing costs, a critical factor for broadcasters who are considering the captioning of large quantities of archived content for IP delivery.
“We are very pleased to announce our highest performing caption and subtitle workstation yet – a workstation that benefits many man-decades of investment and aligns neatly with the latest trends in the global media market”, said Sam Pemberton, President, Softel. “Its “best-in-class” features will help broadcasters, content producers and distributors simplify their workflow and accelerate their ability to deliver valuable archived content over IP to boost their revenue.”
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In January 2013 Softel was acquired by Miranda Technologies, a Belden Brand. Softel is a global leader in key TV and media technologies.
The company specializes in ancillary data & metadata systems such as those for subtitling, closed captioning, and for audio & video description. The company’s expertise also extends to interactive TV and advanced advertising, including for the second screen and for smart TVs/connected TVs. This know-how is delivered through a full range of products, professional services and bespoke development.
Softel is trusted by the most prestigious broadcasters, operators and post production houses across the world and has full-service offices in the New York Metro (USA) and in Pangbourne (UK), with further development and customer support capabilities in Auckland (New Zealand).