Vantage Automates Captioning and Subtitling

The latest v6.3 release of Telestream’s Vantage encoder includes Timed Text Flip : a new closed caption and subtitling service and an Adaptive Bitrate (ABR) feature that aims to reduce delivery bandwidth needs and costs within multiscreen distribution applications.

Telestream is also introducing GoPro camera ingest within Vantage Camera Ingest and extending its Pitch Blue integration.

Commented Paul Turner, VP of Enterprise Product Management, “Vantage Version 6.3 aims to meet the evolving needs of our customers. It helps ensure that Vantage customers achieve the optimum return on their investment in this powerful and versatile media processing platform.”

Timed Text Flip recognizes and automatically processes subtitle and captioning input files from service companies and customers. It can create burn-in subtitles from standard caption and subtitle files, as well as extract caption data from incoming media and convert to subtitle overlay graphics. Unicode and Asian character sets are supported for subtitle overlay.

The toolset allows CEA-608 and CEA-708 caption data to be embedded into media files without video transcoding. This eliminates generation loss of compression and video processing time while inserting caption data. It has timing adjustment tools that simplify the process of adding or transcoding captions. These include starting timecode adjustment, time stretching capabilities to correct sync issues, and frame rate adjustment to match the output format(s) of the corresponding video.

It can provide captioning and subtitling capabilities in the cloud with Vantage Cloud Subscriptions. “We’ve taken Emmy Award-winning technology from our MacCaption and CaptionMaker software and transformed it for seamless integration within Vantage,” explains Turner. “Timed Text Flip allows existing Vantage users to meet captioning requirements without disrupting their existing workflows and, conversely, gives those seeking a captioning and subtitling solution all the benefits of an industry-standard media processing platform.”

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