TM Broadcast International’s Interview with our CEO, Hiren Hindocha

hirenhindocha interview about subtitling

Tell us about the path you have followed as a company since its beginning till now.

Founded in 1996, Digital Nirvana started as a provider of services, such as media monitoring and analysis; business market intelligence and analytics; and learning management services (test scoring and corrections). The company’s first financial services product was introduced in 2001. Its media monitoring software for broadcast and media/entertainment companies was launched in 2009, and cloud-based closed captioning services were introduced in 2016.

Digital Nirvana has always introduced new products after extensive research with current and potential customers into what causes their specific and industry-wide challenges. This is an ongoing process that continues throughout the life cycle of the solution.

At IBC, you’ve focused on your novelties in the field of captioning. Do you consider this industry to boom?

Yes. The reason for that is because so much content has found a home on streaming services. If you look at Amazon, Netflix, youtube, Hulu, Vimeo and the like, they source content from around the world. To reach a global audience, you need caption services. Thanks to closed captioning, there are many good programs available regardless of the language you speak. For example, I like to watch Korean movies and an Israeli TV show. My wife watches Icelandic TV shows. Captioning opens avenues for content providers to reach a global audience.

It also creates a much larger audience through online viewing. In environments where users on laptops and mobile devices don’t want to or can’t turn on their volume, closed captioning allows them to watch a sound-free show and increases the providers’ audience.

Another factor driving the use of closed captioning is the creation of metadata. Closed captioning increases the searchability of an asset. For content owners, it increases the visibility of their video, and for users, they’re able to locate the content they want much easier. Some people use subtitles and closed captioning as a medium to learn a new language. In general, it contributes to a more user-friendly experience.

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Fremont, CA, April 4, 2018 – Digital Nirvana, a global provider of media solutions and services, is joining forces with Clearcast, the UK’s sole television ad clearing house. Digital Nirvana’s cloud-based Subtitling Solutions will be a featured tool within MediaCentral, Clearcast’s online portal for the video advertising industry. Through this strategic alliance, Digital Nirvana will become Clearcast’s partner for subtitling TV advertisements. Digital Nirvana will exhibit (booth #SU10121) at the upcoming 2018 NAB Show, running from April 9-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).

Clearcast’s MediaCentral is a task-based portal through which advertisers and agencies can quickly connect with the leading players who offer ad-related services, such as subtitling, airtime booking, soundtrack services, etc.

“With this portal, Clearcast has created a place where advertisers can go to not only make sure their ads follow the UK compliance regulations,” said Hiren Hindocha, President and CEO, Digital Nirvana, “but also for adjunct services. Adding these new services – all within one central site – greatly increases the value they’re offering their customers. We’re thrilled to be a part of such an integral, forward-thinking site for the advertising community.”

Chris Mundy, Managing Director of Clearcast, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Digital Nirvana to deliver a quick and accurate online subtitling solution for the UK market. Only around 60% of television ads in the UK are currently subtitled and, by making it much easier to subtitle ads, we hope this new service available via MediaCentral, the Clearcast website and subtitlenow.com, will make it easier for the advertising industry to caption every single ad.”

Digital Nirvana’s services provide an integrated, automated workflow for subtitling, sports clipping, closed captioning, caption synchronization, video logging, repeat audio detection, and metadata creation. Its Media Management Platform and suite of broadcast monitoring products establish a simple set up for content creation, capture, repurpose and delivery, while monitoring video and audio for quality and compliance.

About Clearcast
Ad agencies, advertisers and broadcasters use Clearcast services to conceptualize, develop, produce and broadcast great adverts. Although best known for clearing ads for UK commercial channels, Clearcast works with clients throughout the ad development process and offer a range of other services to the industry like training in advertising rules, advice on pitch and research scripts, technical services, international clearance advice and a Business Affairs service. For more general information on Clearcast visit www.clearcast.co.uk/what-we-do/.

About Digital Nirvana
Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India.

www.digital-nirvana.com

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For more information, contact:
Hiren Hindocha
Digital Nirvana
3984 Washington Blvd., Suite 355
Fremont, CA 94538–4954
510-226-9000
hiren@digital-nirvana.com
www.digital-nirvana.com

Version 5.2 offers content creators several new user-friendly features

Fremont, CA, April 5, 2018Digital Nirvana, a global provider of media solutions and services, is debuting a new version of its flagship MonitorIQ Media Management Platform during the 2018 NAB Show, which is taking place now through April 12. The company’s innovative broadcast monitoring product enables broadcasters to effectively monitor their video and meet compliance requirements, and Version 5.2 offers more user-friendly features than ever before. Digital Nirvana is exhibiting at the NAB Show in booth #SU10121.

“Ever since the first launch of MonitorIQ in 2009, Digital Nirvana’s research and development team has been continuously looking to enhance the end-user experience by adding new features,” said Digital Nirvana’s CEO Hiren Hindocha. “MonitorIQ Version 5.2 is more stable, effective and user friendly. The main focus of this version is to improve the end-user experience and make the platform as efficient and easy to use as possible.”

The MonitorIQ platform delivers a full range of multi-channel signal monitoring, logging, loudness monitoring, compliance, competitive analysis, advertisement verification, content repurposing and archiving functions – enabling broadcasters to capture live content from multiple sources live and monitor the video for quality and compliance. MonitorIQ features a powerful content retrieval system called SmartSearch and operates in a centralized management server environment– which unites all units deployed throughout the system to one central point.

MonitorIQ users can schedule, store, archive, cut-clip, and repurpose content in full resolution HD or SD. This enables broadcasters to repurpose content for websites, portable media players and mobile devices. MonitorIQ can record feeds from multiple input sources, including: ATSC, SD/HD-SDI, DVB, ASI – MPEG-TS, IPTV (TSoIP  – SPTS and MPTS), Radio Channels and Audio Streams. The platform supports various output formats, such as HLS, MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4, XDCAM and H.264.  

New features of MonitorIQ Version 5.2 include:

  • Search filter options with updated easy-to-use calendar controls
  • Provision to select multiple alert trigger type (e.g. Email, SNMP, Trigger URL) configurations
  • Settings to configure player options like closed captions, subtitles, teletext, NAC, LKFS and ratings
  • Enhanced geographic timezone display to identify from where the content has been broadcasted
  • New options in NAS configuration to change retention period of original and proxy encoded files in storage before moving to NAS (Storage space can be used more effectively)
  • Enabled Player controls in full screen mode
  • Simplified “Date” and “Time” search filters controls
  • Support for network tuner devices using network device discovery (via SSDP)
  • Improvement to supported IPTV protocols ( MPEG-TS over HTTP)
  • Performance optimization for recording multiple channels from a single input
  • Support for recording H.265 in MPEG-TS

At the NAB Show, Digital Nirvana showcase its MonitorIQ platform alongside its full suite of media management products and services, including the CAR/TS (Capture, Analyze, Replay – Transport Stream) standalone media management product and cloud-based caption generation, caption synchronization and video logging services.  


About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India.

www.digital-nirvana.com

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For more information, contact:

Hiren Hindocha

Digital Nirvana

3984 Washington Blvd., Suite 355

Fremont, CA 94538–4954

510-226-9000

hiren@digital-nirvana.com

www.digital-nirvana.com

 

 

Digital Nirvana’s New Metadator Automates Media Export and Ingest of Transcripts/Metadata into AVID Interplay

Fremont, CA, April 3, 2018Digital Nirvana is yet again at the forefront of innovation in broadcast and media technology with the rollout of its new Metadator Application during the 2018 NAB Show, running from April 9-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Digital Nirvana will exhibit in Booth #SU10121.

Digital Nirvana’s new Metadator is a software application that makes the editing process more efficient for broadcasters and content creators. With its ability to generate locators for media assets outside of AVID’s Interplay MAM system, the application makes it easy for AVID users to export media to external sources for generating transcripts or metadata that can be automatically ingested back into the AVID Interplay MAM platform.

The software automatically extracts video footage, extract audio, generate content metadata or transcripts using speech-to-text technology, then ingests the information back into AVID Interplay. It simplifies the process of metadata and transcript generation by automating it with proven technology – improving the turnaround time while reducing costs and improving overall operational efficiency.

The application automates what’s been a manual process of combing through footage and creating scene summaries. The Metadator communicates with Avid Interplay using web service APIs to access content. Users can generate locators for the media assets outside of Avid Interplay, then export media to external sources for generating transcripts and metadata. The processed data is then returned in an Avid-compatible format and attached to specific assets, so content creators can easily locate metadata when editing footage down to a singular show.

A high-quality transcript generated through this service also aids in script writing and creating closed captions. Use cases also include video description wherein the application directly sends proxy videos to cloud service. Content owners will now be able to create transcripts easily for their media archives and create a searchable database within their AVID MAM infrastructure.

The software provides users with the ability to send media assets from specific folders in AVID’s InterPlay/ISIS infrastructure externally and automatically generate transcription, captions, and metadata through Digital Nirvana’s cloud service. The Metadator gives users the ability to extract audio from the video assets on premises, which addresses any concerns over data security, since the video data doesn’t leave the premises and only the audio portion goes out to the cloud-based processing.

The Metadator server, installed on client premises, communicates with the client’s internal AVID infrastructure and extracts media and securely posts it to Digital Nirvana’s cloud captioning/transcription platform over HTTPS. Once transcripts are processed and available, DN’s application fetches the data and posts it to the client’s internal infrastructure. The application is also integrated with a continuous monitoring and alerting system that monitors each job and notifies all stakeholders on the status of the jobs.

Digital Nirvana has been providing knowledge solutions and services for customers worldwide. Broadcasters and media companies rely on Digital Nirvana’s innovative solutions to improve operations, ensure compliance, reduce costs and protect revenue streams. DN’s solutions help broadcasters capture content from multiple sources, create content and publish to various digital platforms while monitoring for quality and compliance. With this rollout, Digital Nirvana is hopeful to scale new heights serving the media & broadcasting industry across the world.

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India.

www.digital-nirvana.com

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For more information, contact:

Hiren Hindocha

Digital Nirvana

3984 Washington Blvd., Suite 355

Fremont, CA 94538–4954

510-226-9000

hiren@digital-nirvana.com

www.digital-nirvana.com

 

Cloud-based caption generation, caption synchronization and video logging services among booth highlights  

Fremont, CA, February 21, 2018Digital Nirvana to  showcase its full suite of media management products and services at the upcoming 2018 NAB Show, running from April 9-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).

Among the services to be on display at Digital Nirvana’s NAB booth are  cloud-based caption generation caption synchronization and video logging. Product highlights such as CART/TS Transport Stream Analyze and Replay and Monitor IQ 5.2 will also be key areas in the Digital Nirvana booth (#SU10121).

Digital Nirvana’s services provide an integrated automated workflow for closed captioning, subtitling, caption synchronization, video logging, and metadata creation. Its Media Management Platform and suite of broadcast monitoring products establish a simple set up for content creation, capture, repurpose and delivery, while monitoring video and audio for quality and compliance.

digital nirvana to showcase its media management products and services at nabshow 2018

Services:

The company offers high-quality cloud-based 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. Automated speech-to-text conversion coupled with state-of-the-art workflow and experienced captioners reduces the time and cost to publish and provides better search engine discoverability while complying with FCC guidelines.

Digital Nirvana’s cloud-based Caption Synchronization service automatically re-aligns live broadcast captions for online usage. Captions can be synchronized for an entire show, short clips, and montages. And text can be revised on final captions for FCC compliance.

“With our caption synchronization, live broadcast captions are repurposed automatically for online delivery,” explained Hiren Hindocha, President and CEO, Digital Nirvana. “Our service provides near-live synchronization and the ability to generate the proper formatting for all potential channels.”

Online video providers (OVD’s) and Subscription video on demand (SVOD) services can benefit from Digital Nirvana’s Subtitling Creation Service by utilizing its automated speech-to-text capabilities for increased efficiency and high-volume handling. It delivers  multi-format or customized versions that can be integrated directly into existing workflows. The service provides subtitling generation in all standard formats for broadcast and IP delivery of video content.

With Digital Nirvana’s Video Logging service, media production houses and producers with a great deal of footage can improve editing efficiency, as well organize content and the discoverability within their data centers. With Video Logging service, users can automatically generate transcripts, keywords, etc. for the footage prior to editing for more efficient asset management and video editing. Users can also request high-quality transcripts of the video footages and can utilize the same in the production of script and subtitles.

Digital Nirvana’s Monitor IQ Cloud Service is a browser-based, on-the-go, broadcast monitoring and content repurposing SaaS.

Products:

On the product side, Digital Nirvana will showcase CAR/TS (Capture, Analyze, Replay – Transport Stream) transport stream recorder and Monitor IQ Media Management Platform.

CAR/TS (Capture, Analyze, Replay – Transport Stream) is a standalone media management product that records and monitors the transport stream, provides alerts of non-compliance, offers time-shifted playout, and allows users to cut segments and export section of the transport stream for more detailed analysis.

The solution also offers time-shifted playout for multiple time zone broadcasts and a disaster recovery solution for keeping a broadcaster’s signal on-air with recorded content. A full transport stream recorder performs analysis, replay and verification for future streams.

Monitor IQ Media Management Platform Lite allows users to monitor and repurpose content over a simple, web-based GUI without hardware but with the capacity to accommodate one ATSC channel along with sub channels FM/AM, ASI or SDI input.  

NAB is the largest annual gathering of our customer base,” said Hindocha. “It provides an ideal opportunity to connect with US and overseas current and potential customers. We create smart media management solutions that streamline workflows, and our newest solutions and services were developed in response to consumer demand in the ever-changing broadcast and content creation landscape. We look forward to showing NAB attendees how our technologies can improve their operations.”

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India.

www.digital-nirvana.com

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For more information, contact:

Hiren Hindocha

Digital Nirvana

 Washington Blvd., Suite 355

Fremont, CA 94538–4954

 hiren@digital-nirvana.com

www.digital-nirvana.com

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Javits Convention Center, New York

 

NAB Show New York is the largest and most powerful media, entertainment, video and communications technology conference and exposition on the East Coast of the United States. It is widely recognized by exhibitors as far more than a regional event, drawing attendance from all over the USA and beyond.
 
Digital Nirvana is participating in the event which is scheduled on the 9th and 10th of November 2016 in New York, Javits Convention Center. Digital Nirvana will be presenting its latest broadcast monitoring & media management solutions during the event.

 
 
Visit us at Booth No: 732
Date: 9 – 10 November, 2016

The NAB Show is taking place in Las Vegas Convention Center and Digital Nirvana is all geared to announce three new exciting services from its Media Services House as well as showcase the newest version of the existing products and services for smarter media management.