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September 03, 2014

Workflow Software Provider Adds Closed Caption Support with Partnership

By Casey Houser, Contributing Writer

Two developers of audio and video analysis and digital media workflow products have announced their partnership that will allow workflow users to manage and quality control closed captions and language verification.

The Telestream Vantage workflow software provides a visual representation of work processes so users can monitor the status of any project at a glance. Nexidia (News - Alert), which is now partnering with Telestream, produces the quality control software Nexidia QC, and that product will now be included in the overall Telestream Vantage version 6.3 workflow automation system. Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia's Media and Entertainment division spoke about the basic integration of the two products.

"Nexidia QC is a patented verification tool for captions and language identification that is unlike anything else out there. When you add it to Telestream's leading workflow automation and orchestration tool, known for its ease, speed, and quality of conversion, you get efficiencies that streamline the entire delivery and QC process into a single automated workflow," Lanham said.

One of the main problems that the Nexidia QC seeks to solve is one of regulation. Lanham also pointed out that the software allows organizations to make sure that their video broadcasts remain up to date with Federal Communications Commission regulations and also remain in line with regulations other private entities set forth. Clearly, the FCC (News - Alert) has say over content that is made available through public and cable television, but multimedia providers such as iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon also have their own standards for closed caption content.

Telestream Vice President of Enterprise Product Management Paul Turner (News - Alert) commented fully on FCC and company regulations. He noted that updated regulations now also require the insertion of closed caption with content that is posted online. In the past, companies may have had a difficult time altering their content in two different arenas and in different formats, but Nexidia QC makes it possible for multimedia providers to use natural-language verification tools to create captions, and it also allows for easy manual editing of captions at any stage in the process.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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