IBC 2013: Miranda accelerates subtitle delivery for multiplatform delivery with Softel Swift Create V8

Miranda Technologies, a Belden Brand, has announced that its new Softel Swift Create V8 caption and subtitle creation workstation will make its European debut at IBC 2013.

Swift Create V8 is a major rebuild of the workstation that now includes more than 20 new functions that deliver substantial productivity gains by vastly simplifying the processes required to create, repurpose and manage subtitle files for multiplatform use.

With Swift Create V8, captions and subtitles for content delivered to devices such as smartphones and tablets can match the quality of their traditional broadcast channel equivalents. The new software is particularly adept at dealing with the minor captioning changes required to accompany video content delivered to a variety of platforms.

 Dave Stollery, Miranda’s vice president, Workflow and Playout, says: “Swift Create V8 represents a major advance in maximizing the value of subtitle and caption creation and transmission.

“In addition to the traditional need to comply with legislation for output tailored to the hard-of-hearing, the growing need to repurpose subtitle assets for new IP-based multiplatform services is fuelling the demand for fast and efficient tools to address subtle variations in video content, format and duration. Swift Create V8 includes the tools to do just that, and much more, which collectively breathe new financial life into archived content.”

Swift Create V8’s Swift Smart File Handling Engine supports a huge range of captioning and subtitling file formats and includes extended support for ingesting and captioning unconverted video. This “caption without conversion” capability means that users no longer have to create low resolution proxy files to insert and process the required text.

Swift Create V8’s highly intelligent Smart Text import tool saves review and editing time by using natural language processing to retain original sentence structures. Caption and subtitle repurposing for multiplatform devices is also accelerated through integral EDL file support, which automatically generates reversioned captions from edited video by only addressing areas where edits were made.

A user-definable Profanity Guard tool identifies and provides automatic substitutes for questionable terms, speeding through user-provided lists to ensure inappropriate words are either replaced or permanently deleted. And, in keeping with its name, Swift Create V8 includes a rapid review mode that fast forwards through video portions that do not have captions or subtitles assigned to them, significantly reducing the time required to review or QC the imported files. Automatic alignment checks performed by Swift Create V8 ensure that all captioning parameters will meet pre-defined criteria during the QC process.

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