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What’s the Impact of AI on Subtitling?

Captioning and Subtitling are similar but different and rather than dive into the differences we’ll use the word subtitling generically for this article to reference both subtitles and captions.

The beginnings of a wave of change with subtitling are happening in television. You may not have felt the tremors yet, but you will.

Subtitles on television began in the early 1970’s. Live subtitling, however, did not begin until 1982 when it was developed by the National Captioning Institute using court reporters trained to write 225 words per minute using a Stenograph machine. This provided viewers with on-screen subtitles within two to three seconds of the word being spoken and it’s been that way ever since. But…

Stenography, as a profession, has been in decline since 2013. As senior professionals retire they are not being replaced by younger candidates who are passing on this field as a career in favor of other professions. One reason for this is the demanding requirements of the job. Candidates must be able to type at lease 225 – 250 words per minute with limited mistakes. This requires discipline and focus for many hours at a time. Schools that taught stenography typically had a graduation rate around 4% due to the high standards and have seen a gradual decline in enrollment that ultimately forced many schools to close. In the US alone, there are over 5,000 open stenography positions with limited candidates to fill those positions.

At the same time the Stenography profession began trending downward, the demands for live subtitling were rising. This increase was driven by new government mandates in multiple countries, the exponential growth of live and breaking news, 24-hour cable news cycles, and more live sports broadcasts. Additional competition for live captioners is also coming from corporate events, government briefings, meetings and increased usage from the legal system for depositions and trials that are creating resource issues and rising prices for human captioning.

So how do we fill the gap between a decline in human subtitling also facing an increase in market demand? Technology. Specifically, Artificial Intelligence (AI). The technology has been around for many years. In fact, voice recognition dates back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The technology began to show significant improvement beginning in 1971 and continued to evolve into 2014 when it became commercially available. Early efforts suffered from accuracy problems and limitations.

With the acquisition of Screen Subtitling Systems, BroadStream began working to incorporate AI speech engines to create an automated solution we call VoCaption. VoCaption delivers live subtitling for your live broadcast that is more accurate than previous AI implementations and in many cases equal to or better than humans.

VoCaption can be used in multiple applications including:

  1. Emergency Subtitling – for those occasions when subtitles are expected to be in a program but for some technical reason they are not. VoCaption can help reduce those angry viewer calls because it can be activated in just a matter of seconds.
  2. Supplemental Subtitling – your news may provide subtitles using a script and teleprompter but for weather, sports, traffic and un-scripted field reports, rather than use a human who must be available and “on the clock” for the entire time, VoCaption can be turned on and off as needed.

The two biggest benefits you can expect are:

  1. Improvements in accuracy – A frequent comment we hear is “we tried AI several years ago and it wasn’t very accurate.” That was true then, but the technology has made excellent progress and accuracy is up significantly depending on the program genre and the audio quality. In addition, it’s easy to regionalize or localize the technology by using custom dictionaries to import regional or local names, geography, schools, sports teams and more. Utilization of these dictionaries will substantially increase accuracy and improve pronunciations and we can help you with that process during commissioning.
  2. Substantial savings – Human subtitlers are expensive and as the shortage of qualified subtitlers continues to decline you will likely see an increase in rates. Current estimates range from a low of $60 per hour to a high of $900 per hour depending on your needs. VoCaption is available when you need it and it sleeps when you don’t. You only pay for the times you need it so you will experience a significant cost savings versus human captioners.
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VoCaption is available in both hardware and software versions for 3rd party caption inserters or as part of OASYS Integrated Playout and Polistream our leading, subtitle inserter. For more information you can contact us here and a representative will be happy to answer any questions, arrange a demonstration or provide a quotation.

 

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Jim Pattison Broadcast Selects BroadStream’s OASYS for Playout

Duluth, GA, USA – January 26, 2021: Leading integrated playout and subtitling specialist, BroadStream Solutions, is pleased to announce the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has selected OASYS Integrated Playout for all three TV stations in Western Canada. Two of the three stations, CHAT-TV in Medicine Hat, Alberta and CFJC-TV in Kamloops, British Columbia were launched in 2020. CKPG-TV, in Prince George, British Columbia is planned for a future date in 2021.

The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group is one of Canada’s premier radio and television companies with station operations in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Each television station is replacing their legacy Sundance automation with BroadStream’s OASYS Software Platform to support a three playout channels configured as a 2+2 HD Playout system with Redundancy Manager on the Main channels and a 1+0 Playout system on their secondary channel. Ingest is via 2 HD BroadStream Maker ingest channels and a 72TB NAS with Indexing Services. OASYS is also integrated with Wide Orbit’s Traffic system. Sales, Consulting and Integration Services were performed by VidCom Communications in British Columbia.

“Our timeline was disrupted with COVID-19”, according to Bill Stovold, Director of Technical Services for the Pattison Broadcast Group. But BroadStream and VidCom worked tirelessly with our teams to bring CHAT-TV online before the lock-down. CFJC-TV occurred during the lock-down and the system was installed and expertly cabled by our CFJC-TV team and VidCom while BroadStream configured, tested, trained and launched the station remotely to make up for the lack of on-premise work and skillfully provided excellent virtual commissioning and training to our staff. Having the OASYS system up and running gives us so many more features, flexibility and workflow improvements with station to station interconnectivity that will help us operate much more efficiently. We know, moving forward, our OASYS system and staff can function remotely if necessary, and our ability to broadcast will never be in jeopardy. The change from traditional Master Control to the OASYS Integrated Playout system is a huge step ahead for us.”

“We are very proud and honored to work with The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group on these station installations. Their Management, Engineering, IT and Operations teams are top-notch in every way and we are thrilled to have them as part of the BroadStream family,” said David Bowes, CEO and Owner of BroadStream. “Bill Stovold and his team along with Vidcom Communications have been great to work with considering the added stress caused by COVID-19. We are very proud of the way our team stepped up and stuck to the timetable, despite the lock-down. We value our relationship with these great professionals and look forward to completing CKPG-TV, in the coming months and supporting the entire organization for many years in the future.”

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About The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group
The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group is proud to be one of Canada’s premier radio and television companies. The Group combines over 90 years of broadcasting expertise with Total Team Involvement as it builds a reputation as a committed broadcaster serving the needs of listeners, viewers, advertisers and communities throughout the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Since commencing operations in 1965 with their first radio station in Vancouver, the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has been informing and entertaining Western Canadians. Throughout the prairie provinces on its radio and television stations, and increasingly online through their increasing digital platforms, the Broadcast Group offers the very best in local news, information and entertainment.

Commitment to local on-air talent that generates content that is relevant to the audience in every city they service is a key strategy for the Broadcast Group’s award-winning stations and online news portals. The company also strives to do its part when it comes to helping local charitable causes, donating over $23.5 million of air-time in support of their communities in 2019.

About VidCom Communications Ltd.
VidCom Communications Ltd, headquartered in Vancouver, BC, Canada, is the leading systems integrator of high-end hardware and software for the Broadcast, Professional Video, House of Worship, Education and Entertainment Industries in Canada.

For over 30 years, VidCom has been leveraging its expertise in the broadcast, video, film, streaming and graphics industries to elevate our clients’ ability to deliver on their unique talents. Our quality of work has taken us international with systems in the US, Far East & Indian Subcontinent. VidCom’s dedicated support and training has ensured our clients’ advantage in productivity and performance while VidCom’s Rentals and repairs have minimized their downtime.

About BroadStream Solutions
BroadStream (https://broadstream.com) specializes in flexible and highly scalable solutions for integrated playout, live automated captioning & subtitling, file-based, captioning & subtitling, caption encoding and subtitling software tools. Our OASYS Integrated Playout solution is used world-wide by broadcasters of all sizes for Content Preparation, Playout and Management. Designed to improve workflow efficiency, solutions are available in SD, HD, and IP as well as SD/HD-SDI and SDI/IP hybrid playout configurations to provide a solid migration path to future technologies, including the cloud, to make transitioning easier.

In 2018, BroadStream acquired Screen Subtitling Systems in the UK. Screen specializes in products for the preparation and delivery of captions, subtitles and value-add information services across multiple platforms and devices. Our combined 60+ years of hands-on experience consistently delivers quality, flexibility, dependability, improved workflows and operational efficiency that scale from single channel facility to multichannel broadcasters and service providers operating hundreds of channels.

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New Polistream Software Release v3.7.0.74

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BroadStream is pleased to announce a new software release for Polistream. Since the acquisition of Screen in late 2018 one of our goals has been to double-down on product improvements on all Screen products and you will begin to see new releases on a regular basis. Our two software teams in the UK and Croatia have successfully merged and now work together as one team.

This new release for Polistream provides an initial release of support for DVB-TTML, which is DVB’s new specification for text-based subtitles. The new TTML delivery specification will provide a transitional path to a common TTML subtitle format for both broadcast and Internet-delivered services. This means subtitles used for broadcast can be re-used later for video-on-demand services over DASH/CMAF.

DVB-TTML is especially suited for high resolution content like 4K and higher resolution programming that will be produced in the future. It is also closely aligned with other TTML-based systems including the EBU-TT-D specification, which was adopted for both DVB-DASH and HbbTV. You can learn more about DVB-TTLM here.

Initial Release of support for EBU-TT Live input and output uses Websockets. EBU‑TT can be used in a broadcasting environment to carry subtitles that are created in real time (“live” or from a prepared file) from an authoring station to an encoder prior to distribution, via intermediate processing units. EBU-TT Live Part 3 is carried over Websocket allowing input and output as Client or Server. You can learn more about EBU-TT here.

This new Polistream release includes:

  • Support for text backgrounds (TTML tts:backgroundColor attribute)
  • We’ve also added an EBU-TT-D text background selector on the UI Options page. This can be set to OFF, ON, or AUTO which enables backgrounds to be “forced off or on”, or it can be controlled by the box attributes in the subtitle.
  • When backgrounds are “ON”, the background color is black by default at the start of each row and may be set to other colors by the “new background” control codes embedded in the subtitle text.

Customers with an active support contract can contact Support(at)BroadStream.com for access to this software upgrade.

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BroadStream Invites You to an Immersive Remote Event with SMPTE

BroadStream will be virtual at 2020.smpte.org this year for SMPTE’s annual event to be held online at https://2020.smpte.org from November 10 – 12, 2020. We will be in the Exhibit Hall  and our booth number is B3.

Stop by for a meeting. We will have an active meeting room available with a Chat feature so you can talk with us while you are visiting our booth. We can also arrange a special time for a product demonstration on OASYS Integrated Playout or VoCaption Automated Live Captioning & Subtitling Solution.

You can use this link to save on registration. Click here now!

 

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CINEOM and BroadStream Extend Their Successful Partnership to MENA Region

Duluth, GA USA: 12 October 2020 – Leading integrated playout and subtitling systems specialist, BroadStream Solutions, and partner  Cineom Broadcast DMCC agree to extend their already successful partnership in SAARC to the Middle East.

“Cineom Broadcast has been a very successful partner with BroadStream in India selling OASYS Integrated Playout and with the recent acquisition of Screen Subtitling Systems Cineom has already become a key player with BroadStream for sales of Polistream and BroadStream’s VoCaption, a new, automated live subtitling system,” according to Shelinder Sachdeva, VP of Sales for South Asia and the Middle East.

Cineom Broadcast DMCC was founded in January of 2000 and has served the broadcast, film, video, A/V and related markets throughout India becoming a premier provider of turnkey broadcast solutions and a trusted BroadStream solution provider. They have also expanded their expertise and reach to the Middle East and Africa and BroadStream is pleased to partner with them in the Middle East to leverage their professionalism, engineering and vast integration skills.

In addition to standalone versions of Polistream and VoCaption, BroadStream has fully integrated software versions of Polistream and VoCaption into OASYS Integrated Playout to help customers streamline and simplify their workflows for acquisition, asset preparation, live and file-based subtitling, traffic, scheduling, graphics, redundancy and playout operations.

The new combined product line from the Screen acquisition in addition to Polistream for subtitle insertion, includes VoCaption for live automated subtitling, SubCaptioner, a new file-based subtitling service and specialty subtitling tools, WinCaps, WinCaps Pro, WinCaps Q-Live, MediaMate, MSX subtitle monitoring solution and Plasma Gold teletext systems.

BroadStream is also adding new features to its already successful Multi-Channel Web Client to ensure simplified Monitoring and Control so customers have even more power and control to manage any channel from any location with a web browser to avoid playback and service interruptions caused by lock-downs or other issues currently impacting global operations.

BroadStream and Cineom recently partnered with Kantar Media to sell Kantar’s audio watermarking capability as part of BroadStream’s OASYS Integrated Playout solution. This integration enables OASYS to create a complete and licensed Kantar Media audio watermark. A Kantar Media license is also required and can be purchased from Cineom.

“We really value our relationships with our partners and Cineom has been instrumental in helping BroadStream grow in SAARC and we look forward to continued success with them in the Middle East”, commented David Bowes, CEO and President of BroadStream Solutions, Inc.

 

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About BroadStream

BroadStream (https://broadstream.com) specializes in flexible, highly scalable solutions for integrated playout, live automated captioning & subtitling, file-based captioning & subtitling, caption encoding and subtitling software tools. Our OASYS Integrated Playout solution is used world-wide by broadcasters from single channel operators to operations scaling from 3 – 12 channels and service providers with 50+ channels. OASYS delivers on Content Preparation, Playout and Management to improve workflow efficiency for broadcasters at every level. Solutions are available in SD, HD, and IP as well as SD/HD-SDI and SDI/IP hybrid playout configurations to provide a solid migration path to future technologies, including cloud implementations.

In 2018, BroadStream acquired Screen Subtitling Systems in the UK. Screen specializes in products for the preparation and delivery of captions, subtitles and value-add information services across multiple platforms and devices. With Screen we recently introduced VoCaption, a new AI-based, automated live captioning and subtitling solution to provide highly accurate subtitles for live programming, breaking news, emergency subtitling and more.

 

About Cineom

Armed with a vision to keep abreast with ever upgrading technology and enhance customer experience, three engineers- Mr. Paresh Sorathia, Mr. Vinayak Deo and Mr. Shailesh Parab set out to unravel the world of customized solutions to optimize and value add to industry workflows. Incepted as a System Integration brand in 2000, Cineom is now recognized as a Media Solutions Company globally.  We specialize in a turnkey approach, offering end to end solutions customized for individual customers with an approach to complete the eco system.

Cineom has developed a unique level of respect in the media and entertainment community. Moving ahead, Cineom is committed to charter newer territories while treading towards a global presence and garnering international status and fame. Cineom aims to undertake large size projects globally, especially in ME & Africa. It has set it eyes on providing integrated visual and audio experiences for forward-thinking audiences, using state-of-the-art AI driven technologies.

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BroadStream is at Broadcast Asia Virtual Exhibition Sep 29 – Oct 1

 

BroadStream will participate in the virtual BroadcastAsia trade show from Sep 29 – Oct 1, 2020. You can register for the show using this link https://bit.ly/3kUorNp.  You can learn all about this event here https://www.connectechasia.com/broadcast-asia/.

Once the show opens on September 29 at 0900 Singapore time you will be able to access the virtual booths for all participating vendors.

BroadStream will be exhibiting in the Great Britain Pavilion so look for us there. We will offer two live presentations during the show:

Use the associated links to access the presentations each day.

We look forward to seeing everyone virtually during this event.

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KRSU Launches OASYS Playout Virtually During Pandemic

Duluth, GA, USA – September 1, 2020: Leading integrated playout and subtitling specialist, BroadStream Solutions, is pleased to announce that Public Television Station KRSU, Claremore, OK went live recently with BroadStream’s OASYS Integrated Playout as their new broadcast automation solution.

“KRSU is the only full-powered public television station licensed to a public university in Oklahoma and serves over 1.2 million people in northeastern Oklahoma and the Tulsa metropolitan area, according to Royal Aills, General Manager. We are a recognized leader in providing distance learning opportunities for students, in addition to producing educational telecourses and live interactive college and high school courses, special interest local programming, children’s programming and documentary features.”

KRSU’s OASYS Integrated Playout system is a 1+1 HD Playout with Redundancy Manager on the Main channel and a 1+1 SD Playout system with Redundancy Manager on a secondary channel. Both the Main and Secondary channels include Extended Graphics capability. Ingest is via 2 HD BroadStream Maker ingest channels and a 32TB NAS with Indexing Services. OASYS is also integrated with Myers Protrack BXF Traffic system and Media Asset Management solution using CUC Solutions Archival System.

“Our timing for this project was, unfortunately, during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic”, according to Kevin Shoemaker, Chief Engineer at KRSU. However, the BroadStream Team was ready and able to make up for the lack of on-premise work and skillfully provided excellent virtual commissioning and training to our staff. Having the OASYS system up and running gives us so many more features, flexibility and workflow improvements than our previous automation system, and this will help us operate much more efficiently. We know, moving forward, that if necessary our OASYS system and staff can perform all necessary functions remotely and our ability to broadcast will never be in jeopardy. The change from traditional Master Control to the OASYS Integrated Playout system is a huge step ahead for us.”

“We are very excited to have KRSU as part of the BroadStream Family,” said David Bowes, President and CEO of BroadStream. “Kevin Shoemaker and his team have been great to work with considering the added stress COVID-19 caused during their commissioning and training. We are very proud of the way our team stepped up and stuck to the timetable, despite the lock-down. We value our relationship with them and the entire Public Television community and look forward to supporting KRSU for many years in the future.”

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About KRSU-TV PBS

KRSU-TV Public Television (http://rsu.tv) station is part of Rogers State University and governed by the OU Board of Regents. RSU Public TV provides educational, cultural and general interest programming to an audience of 1.2 million viewers in northeastern Oklahoma, and the Tulsa metropolitan area. RSU is recognized as a national leader in providing distance learning opportunities for students, and RSU Public TV’s production expertise has been a key component in this endeavor. In addition to producing educational telecourses and live interactive college and high school concurrent courses, RSU Public TV also produces special interest local programming, children’s programs and documentary features. RSU Public TV is operated by a full-time professional staff. The station also serves as an instructional facility for RSU broadcasting students interested in rewarding careers in the television industry. Students perform numerous functions in the station’s day-to-day operations.

About BroadStream Solutions

BroadStream (https://broadstream.com) specializes in flexible and highly scalable solutions for integrated playout, live automated captioning & subtitling, file-based, captioning & subtitling, caption encoding and subtitling software tools. Our OASYS Integrated Playout solution is used world-wide by broadcasters of all sizes for Content Preparation, Playout and Management. Designed to improve workflow efficiency, solutions are available in SD, HD, and IP as well as SD/HD-SDI and SDI/IP hybrid playout configurations to provide a solid migration path to future technologies, including the cloud, to make transitioning easier.

In 2018, BroadStream acquired Screen Subtitling Systems in the UK. Screen specializes in products for the preparation and delivery of captions, subtitles and value-add information services across multiple platforms and devices. Our combined 60+ years of hands-on experience consistently delivers quality, flexibility, dependability, improved workflows and operational efficiency that scale from single channel facility to multichannel broadcasters and service providers operating hundreds of channels.

 

 

AI Powers VoCaption Live Subtitling

AI and the Next Broadcast Automation Wave…

As COVID-19 forced the world into lock-down, quarantine and work-from-home, educate-the-kids-from-home, social distance, wear a mask, don’t wear a mask, wear a mask, and don’t forget to wash your hands, it changed the way we do almost everything. Sweeping changes that saw companies transition from an office only environment to an only work from home environment for adults and schools transition to a learn at home environment for all school age kids regardless of grade level.

One of the predictable results was a spike in breaking news and total news about the pandemic and how the world was coping. Another predictable result was a spike in television viewing and streaming video as we all looked for escapes after working and learning from home and cooking meals and cleaning and any other necessary activities, like TikTok, that have become the new normal for many.

A side benefit of watching more video on our TV’s and devices while quarantined is anecdotal, as well as research-based. There is evidence that the use of captions and subtitles has expanded. We are watching much more video with subtitles and not because of hearing issues but because of a desire to improve our comprehension, make up for poor audio, a noisy room, language barrier or the use of a second screen.

Prior to the pandemic, researchers noticed that more and more people were watching video on their devices with the sound off and the subtitles on because they didn’t want the audio to get blasted out while working or in the doctor’s office or at a restaurant (remember those?). So it’s becoming more the norm to have captions on all the time.

What does this tell us? For the most part broadcasters and content providers were only providing captions and subtitles because a government agency or special group mandated it for the deaf or hearing impaired. Now, however, it appears that it makes good business sense to add captions to everything because:

  • It helps with comprehension
  • Assists those with language barriers
  • Helps when you are watching in a noisy room, think kids in the background, but also think bars, airports and other venues that have TVs mounted on walls or hung from ceilings and because of the environmental noise, you need captions to understand what’s going on.
  • As an added benefit, if your video is being watched over the Internet, the subtitles help with SEO so more people will find it as part of search or browsing.

A quick note to advertisers and agencies. Most commercials don’t provide captions so if people are watching with the sound off or turned down it’s very likely they don’t know what you’re selling, heck, half the time, even with the sound I’m not sure what you’re selling.

Behind the scenes, market forces may soon have a negative impact on the captioning market. This is because the number of qualified professionals, called stenographers, who can deliver live captions and subtitles with a high degree of accuracy is declining as older seasoned professionals retire and are not being replaced.

This trend has resulted in a shortfall of over 5,000 stenographers just in the US alone. These openings remain unfilled because this career is no longer viewed as desirable by young people entering the job market. The qualifications are tough and require candidates to be able to type 200+ words per minute with a high degree of accuracy, have highly focused concentration skills and the ability to sit for long periods of time and just type.

Because of the skill and focus required, most who attend stenography school dropout. The average graduation rate is only 4%. The resulting low enrollments have forced many stenography schools to close their doors.

It’s reasonable to expect the current decline in stenographers to continue so broadcasters may soon face an availability problem when they need a human captioner. Thankfully, there’s an alternative for broadcasters and it’s available today.

With the acquisition of Screen Subtitling Systems, BroadStream is focused on solutions to help broadcasters and content providers save money and improve efficiency and accuracy with both live and filed-based captioning and subtitling.

We’re focused on this for several reasons:

  • When broadcaster’s budgets are squeezed they look to automation to help them solve problems and do more with less, and their budgets have been hammered by the loss of ad revenue from the pandemic.
  • Artificial Intelligence is becoming more important and finding its way into daily workflow.
  • We acquired Screen Subtitling Systems as a way to add new features and workflows to OASYS Integrated Playout without having to start from scratch, and we’re doing that with the introduction of…VoCaption – Live, Automated Captioning and Subtitling for broadcasters.

VoCaption helps broadcasters:

  • Reduce their dependency on human captioners
  • Save over 2/3’s the cost of live human captioning
  • Consistently maintain accuracy standards
  • Enjoy added protection with stand-by emergency captioning & subtitling

Built around artificial intelligence, VoCaption delivers highly accurate, real-time, speech-to-text processing to provide captions and subtitles in 31 different languages with accuracy rates in the high 90’s easily achievable, depending on audio quality.

Accuracy is further improved by the use of VoCaption’s custom and alternate word dictionaries that allow you to add local or difficult to pronounce words, phrases and geographic terms in advance and create substitutes for words you don’t want going to air.

Speech-to-text processing has been around for a long time but the early results were not that impressive. However, the industry has made great strides over the last few years with faster hardware, significant software improvements and big jumps in the ever expanding AI knowledge base.

Captions and subtitles are traditionally done by humans for both live and file-based content and the cost for live captioning is quite expensive. The average is around $125 per hour but depending on the event it can range anywhere from $60 per hour to over $300 per hour depending on who you talk too.

In addition to higher levels of accuracy, automated captioning is less expensive than human captioning and can offer savings, as much as 2/3’s or more depending on current arrangements.

One of the early knocks against AI based solutions was it took too long for the systems to learn and  they often stumbled with hard to pronounce names and words, foreign words, local or regional dialects, geography and similar issues.

VoCaption takes a different approach to accuracy. Yes, we use an AI based, speech engine to convert the speech-to-text but we looked for ways to accelerate learning and teach the system to eliminate the typical start-up issues many products on the market experience.

  1. We include a custom dictionary that we begin building during the commissioning process to add local and hard to pronounce words that are unique to each area. In addition to traditional spelling we can also include the phonetic spelling to assist with proper pronunciation.
  2. We include an alternate words dictionary that will substitute certain words you don’t want going to air. It can also be used to include proper words and nouns that should be capitalized when written. So, taking the time to properly commission your system will dramatically improve your accuracy from day one, and it will only get better.

VoCaption is available in several options:

  1. Single 1RU rackmount unit to work with 3rd party subtitle encoders.
  2. Integrated with Polistream, BroadStream’s global leader in caption and subtitle encoding.
  3. Integrated with OASYS Integrated Playout available in SD, HD and IP.
  4. As a software only solution with specific hardware that are customer provided.

If you remember that the typical price range for live captioners is $60 to $300 per hour with an average of roughly $125 per hour. VoCaption will provide significant savings because the human is removed from the cost structure.

Make sure you are in control as it relates to captioning and subtitles. Don’t wait until the shortage of stenographers catches up with broadcasters and begin to save money now.

Want to see VoCaption in action for yourself? We’re happy to show you an online demo and you get to pick the video we use. To schedule your own demonstration please click here and complete the Product Inquiry at the bottom of the page.

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OASYS Integrated Playout with Live Captioning and Subtitling

With the acquisition of Screen Subtitling Systems, BroadStream is capitalizing on Screen’s captioning and subtitling expertise with new, value-added integrations that combine OASYS Integrated Playout with Polistream and VoCaption.

VoCaption

VoCaption is BroadStream’s new, AI-based, speech-to-text solution that provides broadcasters with an accurate and lower-cost, live captioning alternative to human captioning. VoCaption is ideal for captioning live news, breaking news, remote field reports, sports, weather and other events like church services or local special interest programs, as well as, occasional file-based events.

We include an easy-to-use Custom Dictionary so users can easily pre-load local and regional words, phrases and geographical terms plus unique names so there’s no waiting for the system to learn. You can teach it and benefit from increased accuracy right from the start at a fraction of the cost. There is also an Alternate Words Dictionary that can be used to swap out words that you don’t want to go to air or words that need to be capitalized as an example. Much of this work can be done during commissioning so the system becomes much more accurate from first air date.

What about accuracy? Five to ten years ago, AI based systems were in their infancy and accuracy was not very good. But over the last 5+ years we’ve seen accuracy improve dramatically along with significant increases in machine speed and power that combine to provide much greater accuracy with reduce latency and this trend will continue.

Polistream

Polistream is a closed captioning encoder available as a 1RU solution or software only integrated into OASYS. The combination of both Polistream and VoCaption provides live closed captioning and caption encoding within OASYS for a streamlined, all-encompassing playout solution that runs on cost-effective COTS hardware with no special purpose devices.

OASYS

OASYS Integrated Playout is a modular playout solution designed to streamline media ingest, preparation, and management, along with playlist creation, switching, channel playout, advanced dynamic graphics, secondary recording, time delay, archiving and logging in a solution that is agile, flexible and fully scalable for any sized broadcast facility.

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With the addition of Polistream and VoCaption, OASYS can be triggered manually, by pre-scheduled triggers or in emergency mode to caption on-the-fly if it detects the lack of captions in the live signal to protect you from unwanted fines or angry viewer complaints.

The combination of OASYS, Polistream and VoCaption eliminates several pieces of hardware and replaces them with software designed to work together to provide a more efficient system that has fewer potential points of failure and much improved automation capabilities that can eliminate programs without captions or subtitles and save you significant money versus human captioners.

For more details, click the links above for each solution. If you need specifics including a quote or demonstration please visit our Contact Us page and our team will be respond to provide whatever you need.