Digital Nirvana Introduces Trance 4.0

Digital Nirvana has 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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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