Digital Nirvana Makes Metadata Generation Tool Available To More Avid Users

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Avid users can now use MetadataIQ to generate metadata automatically without Interplay

FREMONT, Calif.—Digital Nirvana has added support for Avid CTMS APIs to its MetadataIQ software-as-a solution (SaaS) tool for automatically generating speech-to-text and video intelligence metadata, the company said today.

With the new Avid support, editors and producers using MetadataIQ can extract media directly from Avid Media Composer or Avid MediaCentral Cloud UX (MCCUS) rather than being required to connect first with Avid Interplay. As a result, broadcasters, post houses, sports organization and other Avid users are not required to have Interplay in their environments to use MetadataIQ, the company said.

The support gives all Avid Media Composer and MCCUS users the ability to insert speech-to-text and video intelligence metadata as markers within an Avid timeline, it said.

It also enables the ability to:

  • Ingest different types of metadata, such as speech to text, facial recognition, OCR, logos and objects, each with customizable marker durations and color codes for easy identification of metadata type.
  • Submit files without having to create low-res proxies or manually import metadata files into Avid Media Composer and MCCUX.
  • Automatically submit media files to Digital Nirvana’s transcription and caption service to receive the highest quality, human-curated output.
  • Submit data from MCCUX into Digital Nirvana’s Trance product to generate transcripts, captions and translations in-house and publish files in all industry-supported formats.

These capabilities will improve the workflow for media companies that use Avid Media Composer or MCCUX to produce content, it said.

“MetadataIQ used to only connect with Avid Interplay for media extraction, which meant customers had to use Interplay in their Avid environments to use MetadataIQ. With the success of MetadataIQ and its ability to enhance content production, Digital Nirvana… received a lot of requests from prospective customers to extend our services to non-Interplay users. And that’s exactly what we’ve done,” said Digital Nirvana CEO Hiren Hindocha.

“This integration makes it so editors can use MetadataIQ throughout the entire pipeline without having to create additional proxies, import metadata files or anything else — and no Interplay required,” he said.

More information about Digital Nirvana and its products and services is available at www.digital-nirvana.com

Digital Nirvana Introduces Trance 4.0, Adding Modular Applications to Its SaaS Transcription and Captioning Tool

FREMONT, Calif. — July 28, 2022 — Digital Nirvana, a provider of leading-edge media monitoring and metadata generation services, today announced an upgrade to its Trance self-service SaaS application. Trance 4.0 works within a media company’s own workflow to generate transcripts, closed captions/subtitles, and translations automatically for content localization. Both enterprises and individual users will benefit from new features and capabilities, including elaborate account management, modular rights for users, and an advanced pro-captioning window.

Major changes in terms of user experience are broadly classified into the following categories:

Modular Application: Now the application can be used as a combined or individual tool for transcription, captioning, text localization, or conformance of existing captions.

Transcription: The new and improved transcription window can now be used as a stand-alone app instead of being part of a three-step transcription, captioning, and subtitling workflow that only generates output after all steps are complete. Users can upload media assets and quickly gain access to highly accurate, time-coded, speaker-segmented, automatic transcripts in the transcription window in real time. In addition to media and entertainment content, users can now get interviews, meetings, podcasts, and more quickly transcribed, reviewed, and exported in different formats.

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Captioning: The pro-captioning window has undergone a major change to make it both user-friendly and efficient. Machine-generated timecodes can now be adjusted using spectrogram and manual inputs. It is now possible to ingest predefined sound cues, import custom vocabularies, view frames, and import guidelines to view across the organization. The stand-alone pro-captioning window will allow users to upload media, generate automatic captions, and display in the pro-captioning widow using the desired presets defined by the user or the organization.

Text Localization: An extension of the pro-captioning window, text localization can now be used as a Trance module to focus on localizing captions. Users can now import existing captions and quickly use the machine translation feature to generate highly accurate localized text specifically designed for subtitling purposes. Then they can review it side by side and export in various formats. Users can also create different presets for various languages since localization varies from language to language. This capability helps enterprises easily localize both legacy and new content and extend the content to a wider audience.

Caption Conformance: This application enables users to import text with new presets to conform with various publishing platforms. In addition, the application will automatically review the text and highlight any nonconformities with the selected guidelines. For example, if a user wants to publish content on Netflix, they can import the caption file, and the system will generate a time-coded alert against each nonconformity, enabling the user to quickly navigate to each instance and correct it. This helps enterprises avoid rejections from the publishing platform.

Management Functions: Digital Nirvana has upgraded the dashboard for better real-time visibility into which users are online and the progress of jobs. Administrators now have better management controls, including the ability to define user hierarchy, monitor user performance, and grade users. They can also see commercial usage in real time, add multiple projects with different presets, and upload custom vocabulary, among many other capabilities.

User Control: Users now have more control over processing jobs, including the ability to choose from available jobs, import a transcript, and create captions in existing or new presets if required. There’s also speaker differentiation, single-click access to predefined sound cues, options for a personal dictionary, the ability to precisely time captions by moving the spectrograph or overwriting manually in the caption window, easy-access icons on the top array, and advanced position controls.

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Assigning Internal and External Tasks in the Same Application: Enterprises are now able to use Trance 4.0 to both assign work items to internal staff and to share work items with Digital Nirvana’s service team to receive fully qualified, human-curated output using the same application. This eliminates the need to go to multiple places for data sharing.

Also, in an industry first, Digital Nirvana has implemented machine learning- and NLP-based presets to segment transcripts accurately into captions.

“Our customers asked, and we delivered. With this release, we’ve given Trance a major upgrade in capabilities and user experience,” said Russell Vijayan, director of product at Digital Nirvana. “With advanced management controls, real-time monitoring of online users, better visibility into commercial usage and status of jobs, access to advanced security, and so much more, users will see a significant boost in both efficiency and experience.”

Trance 4.0 is scheduled for release in September. Existing users will be notified when the upgrade is ready. New users will see the updated interface while onboarding.

More information about Digital Nirvana and its products and services is available at www.digital-nirvana.com

Digital Nirvana Announces MonitorIQ RM for Monitoring Remote Hub or Headend Sites

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FREMONT, Calif. — April 12, 2022 — Digital Nirvana, a provider of leading-edge media monitoring and metadata generation services, today introduced MonitorIQ RM, a cost-effective video monitoring solution for remote hub and headend sites. MonitorIQ RM addresses the critical need among video distributors to replace the antiquated Slingbox and obsolete Volicon RPM solutions, which provided remote video monitoring at the edge

A derivative of Digital Nirvana’s MonitorIQ, the most reliable and intuitive solution for broadcast compliance and media monitoring on the market, MonitorIQ RM is designed to monitor huge numbers of individual locations very quickly. Through MonitorIQ RM, cable operators and other video distributors can monitor hundreds of servers across a large geographic area to verify ad insertion, signal quality, service delivery, and proper programming placement at the local level — all from one or many central locations anywhere in the country. MonitorIQ RM allows technical and support teams to provide service and monitor high-profile events live from any central location without having to be on-site, which eliminates unnecessary truck rolls.

Through the MonitorIQ RM interface, technicians can see the entire channel lineup; change channels; and view, fast forward, rewind, and scroll through live or recorded content using remote control — all by region, ad zone, or even down to specific hubs or headends.

Technicians can also schedule recordings quickly through the electronic program guide in just a few simple steps, a feature that saves a significant amount of time when programming the same recording many times over. Rather than having to go to every channel individually to set up a recording, technicians can schedule it on different channels and in different zones instantly and simultaneously. For example, it’s possible to record, say, Bloomberg Television at 2 p.m. in a few locations on the West Coast and a few more in the Midwest and on the East Coast — all with one click.

In doing so, Digital Nirvana was able to lower the cost of MonitorIQ RM units to a price that works for this application. Cable operators can afford to deploy hundreds of units to headends throughout their network with the same high scalability and highly secure, Linux-based operating system they’d get with the traditional MonitorIQ solution

The benefits for video distributors and their technicians include:

  • •Fewer physical trips to hubs or headends to correct problems.

  • •More efficient operations because technicians no longer have to log in to multiple different systems to monitor or record different individual channels in different areas.

  • •Greater flexibility — Any person, no matter where they are, can monitor any zone at any time, which is especially helpful when people are absent due to illness, vacations, etc.

“We designed MonitorIQ RM only for remote monitoring, taking away the things people don’t need and simplifying the user interface to make it extremely easy to do the job with as few clicks as possible. Then we found a price and functionality point that makes it a smart solution to both purchase and deploy,” said Russell Wise, senior vice president at Digital Nirvana. “It’s especially pertinent in Volicon RPM and Slingbox remote monitoring-type situations, where we can bring access to live and recorded video at the touch of a fingertip from any place in the world.”

MonitorIQ RM will be available in two options: a software-only solution and a turnkey appliance with server and hardware included.

More information about Digital Nirvana and its products and services is available at www.digital-nirvana.com

Digital Nirvana adds Tom Moniak as Director of Sales

USA. — 14 January, 2022 – Digital Nirvana has announced that it has hired Tom Moniak as Director of Sales . Digital Nirvana created the position in response to the company’s growth and expansion. Moniak is responsible for sales to media and entertainment clients in the United States.

“Tom has served clients in every aspect of production and delivery in the M&E space and has strong relationships across the localization, media production services, advertising, gaming, and software development communities and with Fortune 500 companies,” said Russell Wise, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Digital Nirvana. “That mix of experience makes us better able to serve customers and prospects in postproduction environments and lays the groundwork for our continued growth in the U.S.”

Moniak is an accomplished sales leader who has held several senior sales, marketing, and business development roles throughout his career. Prior to joining Digital Nirvana, he was the U.S. Director of Business Development for brand localization solution provider Blend, where he managed all aspects of customer business relationships.

Before that, Moniak spent three years at Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, first working directly with media producers and content owners as an account manager, global client strategy, and then as an account director, global strategic partnerships. During that time, he sold Deluxe’s new SaaS solution to the media and entertainment industry.

Among his other roles, Moniak has served as a sales and marketing strategy consultant for a tech startup, USA Director of Business Development for app marketing agency and mobile ad network Appromoters, and Director of Sales for app monetization network AppTap.

“I’m here to help clients better navigate change for sustainable development and growth,” said Moniak. “I’m ready to dig in and collaborate with U.S. media and entertainment companies to help improve operational efficiencies, ensure compliance, reduce costs, and expand revenue streams with Digital Nirvana’s comprehensive and flexible solutions.”

Digital Nirvana Wins 2021 NAB Show Product of the Year Award for MetadataIQ

Digital Nirvana’s MetadataIQ Wins NAB Product of the Year Award

FREMONT, Calif. — Nov. 15, 2021 — Digital Nirvana, a provider of leading-edge media monitoring and metadata generation services, today announced that its MetadataIQ has won the NAB Product of the Year Award 2021 in the Delivery Category for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. This official awards program recognizes the most significant and promising new products and technologies showcased by corporate partners of NAB Show.

MetadataIQ is a SaaS-based offering from Digital Nirvana that automates the generation of speech-to-text and video intelligence metadata, increasing the efficiency of production, preproduction, and live content creation services for Avid PAM/MAM users.

NAB Show Product of the Year Award Winners were selected by a panel of industry experts in 16 categories and announced in a live awards ceremony on NAB Amplify on Nov. 3. To be eligible for an award, nominated products had to come from companies scheduled to exhibit in either the 2020 or 2021 NAB Show and are delivered within the 2021 calendar year.

“Nominees like Digital Nirvana are revolutionizing the way people experience media and entertainment,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “The 2021 NAB Show Product of the Year Awards highlight the best of what’s new and celebrates the breakthroughs and advancements within the content industry.”

“MetadataIQ is the first platform to offer on-premises transcoding and intelligent extraction of audio files to generate speech-to-text transcripts,” said Hiren Hindocha, Digital Nirvana CEO. “We are gratified that NAB recognized MetadataIQ for its innovative approach to simplifying and automating metadata generation for Avid assets.”

MetadataIQ is a new metadata automation tool for content producers using the Avid media platform. A secure and scalable SaaS solution, MetadataIQ ensures that generating and ingesting pertinent metadata as timecoded markers into Avid is 100% automated. Operators have the option of sending transcripts to Digital Nirvana’s processing centers for high-quality, human-curated output, which is returned within Avid MediaCentral (formerly Interplay).

More information about the 2021 NAB Show Awards can be found at https://nabshow.com/2022/news-releases/nab-announces-winners-of-annual-product-of-the-year-awards/. More information about Digital Nirvana and its products and services is available at www.digital-nirvana.com.

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About NAB Show

NAB Show, held April 23-27, 2022, in Las Vegas, encompasses media, entertainment and technology and is the ultimate marketplace for those seeking to create superior audio and video experiences. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms, NAB Show is where global visionaries convene to bring content to life in new and exciting ways. For complete details, visit www.nabshow.com.

About NAB

The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory, and public affairs. Through advocacy, education, and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.

Digital Nirvana

Digital Nirvana is a global developer of knowledge management technologies that empower organizations to create, share, and mine actionable insights from electronic media. The company provides solutions for the generation and management of closed captions, subtitles, transcripts, translations, and metadata enrichment using advanced, AI-based technologies. This includes a suite of products and services to help media companies create content faster and assure quality and compliance at the time of distribution. Organizations worldwide rely on Digital Nirvana to improve scale and operational efficiencies, ensure compliance, reduce costs, and expand revenue streams. Digital Nirvana’s solutions deliver unmatched quality, proven versatility, and best-in-class performance to help organizations surmount difficult business challenges and drive rapid and profitable growth.

Digital Nirvana Announces MonitorIQ 8.0

AI-Driven Compliance Logging and Monitoring Tool Upgraded for Speed, With Quicker Navigation, Lower Latency, and Greater Reliability

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FREMONT, Calif. — Aug. 31, 2021 — Digital Nirvana, a provider of leading-edge media monitoring and metadata generation services, today announced the upcoming release of MonitorIQ 8.0, the newest version of its AI-driven compliance logging and monitoring tool that integrates with its Media Services Portal. With MonitorIQ 8.0, Digital Nirvana brings the tool’s Linux operating system and all included software up to their latest versions. As a result, the company has eliminated security vulnerabilities, increased resiliency, made the system much quicker to navigate, and enabled new streaming technology with significantly lower latency from live video.

The industry’s most reliable, secure, and easy-to-use broadcast monitoring and compliance logging platform, Digital Nirvana’s MonitorIQ allows operators to record, store, monitor, analyze, and repurpose content quickly and efficiently with a minimum of clicks. Natively recording content from any point in the video delivery chain, from production (SDI) to consumption (OTT and STB), MonitorIQ enables broadcasters to collect and use knowledge about their broadcast content to meet a wide range of regulatory and compliance requirements. Users can view live or recorded content across hundreds of channels from desktop and mobile devices in any remote location worldwide for instant recall of proof of performance, compliance, or ad placement. MonitorIQ is based on the highly secure and reliable Linux operating system.

MonitorIQ 8.0 is faster in all aspects, which allows the many broadcast, network, and MVPD users who depend on it to find, review, and monitor live or historic content more quickly and easily. Now the most reliable solution for broadcast compliance and media monitoring on the market, MonitorIQ 8.0 improves workflow by putting access to historical video in the hands of multiple departments within the broadcast domain, including C-level executives who previously had to send emails to engineering to search for data. Now they have the power to do it themselves through an easy-to-use interface.

Among other improvements, better video intelligence means broadcasters can now identify ads on competitive channels, detect logos in high-value content, recognize faces from news sources or entertainment content, and generate closed captions or transcripts of clips from live or historical content or advertisements.

“In today’s broadcast market, speed and efficiency are key to delivering and monitoring content. This is why we chose to speed up all facets of our product. It will allow our users to perform their daily tasks faster and easier,” said Hiren Hindocha, CEO, Digital Nirvana. “This latest version puts us head and shoulders above our competitors with functionality, speed, and reliability.”

The MonitorIQ 8.0 upgrade will be available starting in the fourth quarter at no cost to active customers. Digital Nirvana support will contact customers to schedule the upgrade process. More information about Digital Nirvana and its products and services is available at www.digital-nirvana.com.