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See Our New Cloud-Based Captioning Services at IBC

The IBC Show is happening next week at the Amsterdam RAI, and the team here at Digital Nirvana is looking forward to showcasing out latest technologies at the event in Hall 14, Stand P25. In addition to our broadcasting solutions, we’ll also be demoing our newest new closed captioning, caption synchronization, video logging, and subtitle generation services.

Making its IBC debut, our new automated closed captioning services facilitate broadcasters and media houses worldwide to have accurate closed captions integrated into their videos. We offer post-production, pop-on, and roll-up captioning services, along with subtitling and caption synchronization. With Digital Nirvana’s flexible program interface, users can set up customized workflows and deliver content in any video format.

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With our caption synchronization service, broadcasters can extract captions for a clip that was broadcasted at an earlier period of time, retime captions, and repurpose live broadcast captions for online delivery. The service leverages audio fingerprinting technology to find exact matches of clips specified, and our caption lookup technology alerts users of the presence of captions – saving time and cost to publish.

At IBC we’ll also display our video logging technology, which helps customers better organize their data and improve discoverability, as well as our automated transcription services, which are used in corporate environments to seamlessly stream transcripts of audio files into live workflow.

We hope to see you in Amsterdam! Don’t forget to add us to your show planner, and please contact us if you’d like to schedule a meeting time.

See Our Latest Media Management Solutions at IBC 2017

The Digital Nirvana team is looking forward to next month’s IBC Show in Amsterdam, where we’ll introduce new services and showcase updated products in Hall 14, Stand P25.

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Our new automated sports clipping service will make its IBC Show debut. A first of its kind, the service offers automated clipping with metadata and caption synchronization simultaneously, as well as an option for manually cleaning up caption text for increased accuracy and meeting compliance requirements. It can also generate images and GIFs for customers’ social media promotional activities.

Another launch from our services side at IBC will be the introduction of the AVID Interplay Connector, which enables video content owners who work with AVID Media Central to transfer media data securely to the cloud for generation of logs/metadata/transcripts with timecodes and receive them directly within the user’s workflow.

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We’ll also be showcasing our range of other services, including closed captioning, subtitling, caption synchronization, video logging, repeat audio detection, and metadata creation.

Our flagship media management platform, MonitorIQ, and suite of broadcast monitoring products, including the CAR/TS (Capture, Analyze, Replay – Transport Stream) transport stream recorder, AnyStream IQ for OTT monitoring and MediaPro for content repurposing, will also be demoed in our IBC booth.

We’re excited to introduce our new products and services to the European market, and hope to see you at IBC 2017! Make sure to add us to your show planner, or if you aren’t yet registered to attend IBC, use the code 15520 to register for free. You can also shoot us an email to schedule a booth appointment during the show today.

Benefits of Our Cloud-Based Caption Synchronization Service [Video]

Did you know that the services division of Digital Nirvana offers automated cloud-based closed captioning generation and synchronization services? Proven automated speech-to-text conversion coupled with state-of-the-art workflow and experienced captioners help our closed captioning solutions be efficient, effective, and economical to our customers.

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We provide high-quality caption generation for all pre-recorded and online video content through an automated process over the cloud, with options to create multiple formats and integrate directly to the user’s video platform. Our caption synchronization service leverages audio fingerprinting to automatically detect and re-time captions in near-live timeframe to enable repurposing of live broadcast captions for online delivery. The service comes with a whole suite of options for clipping, data transfer, caption formats and integrations and more.

To learn more, watch the below video of our CEO, Hiren Hindocha, discussing the benefits of Digital Nirvana’s caption synchronization service:

Learn More About Our New Sports Clipping Service [Video]

Digital Nirvana recently debuted an automated sports clipping service that’s the first of its kind. Designed to enable broadcasters to easily capture and share every fast-paced moment in a game, the sports clipping service is coupled with automated caption synchronization, empowering users to publish sports media content online and via social media without time lag while complying with new FCC regulations.

The new service automatically analyzes sports broadcasts in real-time and generates ready-to-publish clips of those highlights. It can also generate highlight images and GIFs for customers’ social media promotional activities.

Check out the video below of our CEO, Hiren Hindocha, talking about the new service when we introduced it at the NAB Show earlier this year:

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Digital Nirvana Gears up for AMEC Summit

The International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) Global Summit takes place this week from May 16-18 in Bangkok, Thailand. The event focuses on media evaluation and communication research. Digital Nirvana is a show sponsor, where a bold theme to reflect the disruption and innovation taking place in communications has been chosen for the 2017 show.

At the AMEC Summit, we’ll demonstrate our services for media monitoring and measurement, including support for media analysis, news report generation, broadcast news summarization, clipping and indexing, and managed services.

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Introducing Our New Automated Sports Clipping Service

NAB is a little over a week away, and we’re looking forward to showcasing our new products and services at the show. Come visit us in Booth #SU13113!

One new Digital Nirvana offering that we just announced this week is our automated sports clipping service. Designed to enable broadcasters to easily capture and share every fast-paced moment in a game, the sports clipping service is coupled with automated caption synchronization, empowering users to publish sports media content online and via social media without time lag while complying with new FCC regulations.

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Visit Digital Nirvana at NAB 2017

The NAB Show is taking place in Las Vegas next month, and we’re gearing up for the big event! The Digital Nirvana booth highlights will include the newest version of our flagship MonitorIQ platform, the CAR/TS (Capture, Analyze, Replay – Transport Stream) transport stream recorder, as well as closed captioning solutions. Visit us at the show in Booth #SU13113 to see all of our latest media management solutions.

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MonitorIQ offers a full range of multi-channel signal monitoring, repurposing, logging, compliance and archiving functions. Our latest version features cloud-based recording and OTT stream monitoring functions with a user-friendly interface. It also includes HTML5 and HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) support, and incorporates the ability to record from Matrox’s Monarch HDX streaming appliance. Our stand-alone cloud-based OTT monitoring solution, AnyStreamIQ, and content repurposing solution, MediaPro, will also be on display.

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Closed Captions and New FCC Mandate For Online Video

The following article was written by our CEO, Hiren Hindocha, and originally appeared on The Broadcast Bridge here.

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This year’s FCC mandate on closed captioning need not be seen as yet another weight on broadcasters’ backs. Implemented as part of an automated system or outsourced to a qualified provider, adding accurate and immediate closed captions is another way for viewers to search and find your content.

TV broadcasters in the U.S. looking to re-run live programming online must implement the same closed captioning on their online video. Effective January 1st, 2017, the FCC regulation mandates closed captioning for all video montage clips that are published over the web if that same programming was captioned when shown live on TV in the U.S.

And effective July 1st, all live and near-live programming that runs online must be captioned if that same program included closed captions when broadcasted. A 12-hour delay is permitted for online clips after the live programming first ran on TV and the same has been set at 8 hours for near-live programs.

To provide the best possible viewer experience and comply with FCC guidelines, captions must be in perfect sync with the video. Imagine a sports highlight clip where captions lag behind the video by 10-15 seconds, as is the norm with manually produced broadcast captions for live news, sports, etc.

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HLS Video Streaming Provides a Superior Viewing Experience

With the rapid increase of internet and video content delivery, efficient streaming has gained significant importance in recent years. There are numerous challenges in this continuously evolving field of video delivery, and technologies are competing to find a place in this fast growing area. An immediate challenge in video delivery is to combine metadata with multiple audio languages to enable a high-quality viewing experience. Content generation for adaptive streaming and support for multiple streaming technologies is critical for acceptable Quality of Experience (QoE). Moreover, the extinction of Flash and the advent of HTML5 has opened up new avenues for video – including advanced native support for multimedia playback.

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Additionally, increased growth in portable devices has accelerated demand for a richer mobile viewing experience. Content delivery systems have been battling hard to deliver a television-like viewing experience to multiple platforms. The demand for multi-screen delivery with minimal latency is the latest challenge in the broadcast industry. A recent dominant content delivery network report found that video contributes to more than half of today’s internet traffic and is predicted to grow in the coming years. As people migrate to streamed media, there is a need to guarantee QoE that is similar to a standard TV.

Television broadcast in general carries auxiliary information in addition to program content starting with closed-captions in multiple languages, multiple language audio streams, ratings information and emergency information. Some popular streaming technologies, such as Flash/RTMP, are not well equipped to provide QoE with all the auxiliary data – and not all mobile devices support Flash. Considering the above, one of the best ways to generate next generation content delivery is HTTP Live Streaming, known in short as HLS.

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HLS is an HTTP-based media streaming communications protocol implemented by Apple software. One of the reasons why HLS is a superior standard is its support for metadata, including SCTE-128 closed captions and multiple audio streams. Specifically, SCTE-128 is a closed-captioning standard for MPEG2/H264 compressed video, where the caption data is stored as user-data in MPEG2 and supplemental enhancement information (SEI) in H264 video. Similarly, multiple audio streams can be added to MPEG-TS natively.

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Year-End Recap: Celebrating a Successful 2016

The end of the year is a great time to reflect on all that was accomplished throughout the past 12 months. We want to take this time today to recap the big happenings here at Digital Nirvana in 2016.

Throughout the year, we introduced several new technologies to the market, including the latest version of our MonitorIQ media management platform. Version 5.0 allows cloud-based recording and OTT stream monitoring, and includes a VOD Server to view content on any connected Smart TV device. Available as a SaaS model that can record and monitor IP-based streams in a virtual machine, MonitorIQ 5.0 supports HTML5 and HLS streaming and includes a new, easy-to-use interface for faster content search and retrieval. The MonitorIQ platform delivers a full range of multi-channel signal monitoring, logging, compliance and archiving functions, along with competitive analysis and content repurposing capabilities.

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Another area of advancement for Digital Nirvana in 2016 was our closed captioning offerings, as we unveiled new automated closed captioning and caption synchronization services. Integrating cloud-based technologies and an expert captioning team, Digital Nirvana provides closed captioning, near-live caption synchronization of clips for IP delivery, automated captioning and much more – helping broadcasters to save time and money and comply with FCC guidelines.

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