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NEXT-TT forms the technology backbone of unique PixelSub platform

NEXT-TT forms the technology backbone of unique PixelSub platform

For immediate release – 4 June 2020, Dubai  Profuz Digital  is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with leading post-production, localization, and entertainment company, Linxstream Media. The partnership launches with the creation of Linxstream Media’s PixelSub;  a cloud-based platform for managing localization, dubbing and timed-text services.

We provided the underlying technology to power PixelSub by integrated business management software Profuz LAPIS  with timed-text application SubtitleNEXT. Together, the resulting hybrid platform (“NEXT-TT”) provides a technology base which can be highly customized to produce precisely targeted management and localization workflows.

Linxstream Media then applied their unique localization knowledge to the base technology to create PixelSub, which is a product aimed at helping enterprises, collaborators and single users monetize and streamline localization projects efficiently, while combining the advantages of the cloud and desktop.

The PixelSub platform features the management of order creation, invoicing, project coordination and collaboration while providing multi-tier protection of content with private workspaces and a wide suite of tools designed to support the industry’s largest content creators, distributors, and studios. The PixelSub platform additionally offers other advanced features such as automatic speech recognition (ASR) and machine generated subtitles that convert text into multiple languages. These operations all incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies (MLT) into the localization services. This way, users can benefit from using a single platform in order to prepare automatic, semi-automatic and human written subtitles and captions for audio-visual content.

Machine translation and transcription are tools for automatic speech recognition (ASR) and are key functions within Profuz Digital’s NEXT-TT platform.  NEXT- TT includes automatic translation of text from one language to another and automatic transformation of actors’ voices into captions and subtitles.  All of these advanced features from NEXT-TT are now made available in PixelSub by incorporating third party engines which activate these automatic processes.

By virtually connecting to localization platform PixelSub, users can gain access to proprietary tools, technologies, and delivery capabilities that provide breakthrough client results. With Profuz Digital’s deep technology and engineering expertise, the collaboration represents a step-change in the way both businesses address the needs of the localization and subtitling market.

As part of the strategic alliance, Linxstream Media is authorized to resell products and services from Profuz Digital in the Middle East.

CEO of Profuz Digital Ivanka Vassileva stated, “We are delighted that Linxstream Media, along with their expertise of the media localization business and their presence in the Middle East, have become one of our most respected regional partners to serve the sector. Through this strategic partnership, we have essentially expanded our NEXT-TT platform offerings that will now allow users in the Middle East to benefit from a localized version of our powerful NEXT-TT solution backed by reliable local systems integration, onboarding and continuous technical support services. Working together and joining hands with Linxstream Media as one of our key partners will enable us to deliver an integrated and optimal experience for our customers in the region.”

Profuz Digital’s CTO Kamen Ferdinandov and developer of the NEXT-TT platform said, “Our hybrid NEXT-TT platform which was created by combining both our LAPIS and SubtitleNEXT functionalities, provides a versatile backbone to power-focused localization services. Linxstream Media has demonstrated this with PixelSub. The main advantage of our technologies is that they are highly adaptable to each client’s specific requirements, allowing a wide range of different configurations and UI experiences. This project with PixelSub demonstrates that our distributor PBT EU openly welcomes ideas from companies of all sizes to share their unique vision and understanding of the localization processes which we can adapt to form a specialised bespoke solution.”

Founder of Linxstream Media Rafiq M. Sarwari confirmed, “PBT EU and Profuz Digital helped build the remarkable cloud-based multi-layered PixelSub platform based on Profuz Digital’s NEXT-TT solution. One of the key factors that we took into consideration when we first approached them about collaborating, was whether we were willing to invest in each other’s vision and commitment to develop a product that would be truly unique and innovative, and also be able to simplify the arduous localization tasks. So, together we developed a mutualistic linkage and a shared way of working together that serves both of our clients’ interests. Working with PBT EU was simply the right choice. From the start it was clear that the team was willing to roll up their sleeves and get things done and deliver on their promises.”

Rafiq expanded, “The partnership between Linxstream Media and PBT EU has provided us with a localization and subtitling platform that truly is a one stop shop for our clients. PBT EU’s understanding of complex digital product development, its deep engineering expertise and collaborative approach is uniquely complimentary to how a Linxstream team works. With presence in Europe, North America, Canada, India and the Middle East, and the added capabilities of over 7,000+ global freelance translators, this partnership will allow us to drive far more business impact for our clients.”

“In summary, both PBT EU and Linxstream’s combined years of experience and expertise, and our shared willingness to be open and agile, have contributed to the creation an advanced platform that not only solves many problems but simplifies daily tasks. Simply said, excellence speaks for itself!” concluded Rafiq.

 

To find out more about NEXT-TT, visit https://profuzdigital.com/next-tt/

To find out more about PixelSub, visit https://www.linxstream.com/services/pixelsub/

SubtitleNEXT Version 5.6 features new Smart Text Assist

New Smart Text Assist in SubtitleNEXT provides efficiency for text editing and live subtitling



We are delighted to announce the release of SubtitleNEXT Version 5.6, with the focus on a brand new centralised Smart Text Assist feature designed for editing and live subtitling scenarios.  Live subtitling helps increase global outreach for broadcasts, live events, online meetings, streaming video and audio and is a great tool to remove language barriers.

The new Smart Text Assist feature in SubtitleNEXT significantly speeds up and simplifies the entire text-altering process. It combines all of the text-altering tools in one place so that they can be easily accessed. This provides a reliable and consistent framework for busy subtitlers to achieve fast results. Text-altering refers to changes in text constructs or meaning, such as date or time formats, units of measurement, replacement phrases, translations, corrections, and the reorganisation of text. (Watch the Smart Text Assist in action here via YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFDA49JohO4&t=1s)

SubtitleNEXT enables users to connect to broadcast feeds, webinars, Skype, Zoom, AV desks, live streams, or any live audio source.  The translated subtitles are then delivered back to the screen, laptop, tablet, or smart phone in real time. Subtitles are the simplest and most efficient way to share content in any language and the Smart Text Assist helps to significantly speed up text altering in SubtitleNEXT 5.6.

Developer of SubtitleNEXT Kamen Ferdinandov of Toronto-based Profuz Digital says, “To put the new Smart Text Assist feature in context, most text editing programs don’t have all the tools readily available for users to easily access, as they are usually a separate tool that has to be activated within the system they are using, or they have to open an external program. Overall, the process is time-consuming and entails multiple commands (clicking, typing, key-pressing) in order to get a result. With the new Smart Text Assist, we have eradicated these hassles. Now users only have to select the portion of text they’re interested in changing, and in just one to two clicks, the required results will be instantaneous with the text replaced. We enjoy interfacing with customers to find out how we can continue to keep introducing new tools like this in SubtitleNEXT that deliver results.”

SubtitleNEXT is a powerful application that creates both subtitles and captions.  It is used for same language translation, transcribing, adaptation (SDHH), dialogue and other audible or visible text and commentaries, with efficiency at remarkable speed and accuracy. It provides users with a multi-file synchronous browsing editing feature with an “editor-like” experience that adapts to all the up to date language rules and adjustments. SubtitleNEXT can run on major operating systems such as Windows, Linux and MAC OS, and is primarily aimed at subtitling and captioning professionals, through to Language Services Providers, production, post-production companies and broadcasters.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SMART TEXT ASSIST FEATURE IN SUBTITLENEXT VERSION 5.6

SubtitleNEXT  supports non file-based media and direct video signals such as analogue, digital, and streaming which makes it perfect for all types of live shows and events such as festivals, live gigs, the Opera, theatre, presentations, conferences, seminars and so forth.  Its “automation for airing” feature is also useful for live shows and events with prepared subtitles. The full set of digital cinema and TTML format features are also fully supported in SubtitleNEXT, including text positions, effects, sizes and colours, styling, looks including user configurable screen layouts that can be personalised to suit the project and user’s convenience.

Advantages of the new Smart Text Assist feature in SubtitleNEXT 5.6 include: –  quick access to vocabulary, automatic translation, thesaurus and dictionary support, spell checking, Unit and RegEx conversions, including Time and Date Formatting, outlined in more detail below:

Vocabulary function – this allows users to quickly access their collection of phrases, names, locations, and so forth, from one central place.

Automatic Translation function –  allows subtitlers to configure and choose from one or more translation engines such as Google and Microsoft, to provide parallel variants of a translation.

Thesaurus and Dictionary Support –  supports Libre Office/OpenOffice dictionaries.

Spell Checking – verifies proper word usage and spelling.

Unit Conversions – automatically converts to other units such as mass, length, area, temperature, based on the selected text (For example, for 12 lbs, suggested conversions will include 5.44kg, 5443 g, and 192 ounces).

RegEx Conversions – “RegEx” engine allows advanced text manipulations with unlimited functionality for altering text. All valid user-configured RegEx filters will be offered. For example, users can fix capitalisation if a word begins with more than one capital letter in a sentence, including the ability to swap words, remove repeated words, profanity filtering, and so forth.

Date and Time Formatting  – automatically suggests various formats for both European and American date formats (for example, if the selected text is 12.3.20, suggestions will include 12/03/20, 12/03/2020, and 12 Mar 2020).

PBT EU’s CEO Ivanka Vassileva adds, “With successful businesses increasingly investing in subtitles and captions to boost viewer engagement, the new Smart Text Assist is a timely addition in SubtitleNEXT which centralises the multiple alternative text assistants which can then enable users to export in either format of choice. Subtitling does not add any large expense to the overall budget. Filmmakers, production companies, broadcasters, through to individual professional subtitlers working from home, all need to view subtitling as an affordable “add-on” that increases product value, adheres to accessibility rights, and gives a competitive edge. Live subtitles are everywhere and aid communication efforts – it’s the future and a feature like Smart Text Assist helps accelerate processes phenomenally.”

To order the new version SubtitleNEXT 5.6, shop online at https://shop.profuzdigital.com/

To find out more about SubtitleNEXT visit www.SubtitleNEXT.com