Avid Gets Nexidia Rights

Being able to search through a script by words as easily as scanning footage by time code is once again possible now that Avid has gained access to Nexidia’s phonetic technology.

Building on their long relationship with Nexidia, Avid Technology has acquired exclusive licensing rights to Nexidia’s Emmy-winning dialogue and audio analysis technology.

“Nexidia has long had enterprise-class systems for speech science for the telephony and health care industries that takes the spoken word and phonetically transitions it into a searchable database,” David Colantuoni, sr director of product development at Avid Technology told The Broadcast Bridge. “Now we have acquired the rights to use this technology in the media and entertainment market and have added it to our MediaCentral Platform and will be incorporating it into many of our systems, especially our Media Composer NLE.”

If this sounds like “déjà vu all over again”, you might remember ScriptSync which was introduced as a standard feature of Media Composer in 2007. That was followed by PhraseFind in March 2011 as an option. Both were removed when licensing arrangements ended in 2014.

Now phonetic search capability is coming back as a complement to the MediaCentral Platform and a key tenet of the operational efficiency of Avid Everywhere.

“That means it will present itself as part of the MediaCentral Web window,” Colantuoni said, “and be integrated into the MediaCentral platform including Media Composer, iNews and Interplay among others.”

An update about Avid’s ScriptSync and PhraseFind options for Media Composer will be announced in early December 2016.

However, six Nexidia products are now available as Avid offerings. These include:

Avid Dialogue Search: lets you find any media clip in which any combination of words or phrases occurs.

Avid Illuminate: verifies captioning, video description and multiple language support

Avid Comply: ensures that the right caption appears with the right media in the right language

Avid QC: verifies that captions, language, and video description meet regulatory requirements

Avid Align: automatically adjusts caption timing errors

Avid Search Grid: the underlying engine that runs all of these products

In keeping with Avid’s “open platform” philosophy, these technologies will be made available to other companies. Some, such as Adobe Premiere, are already integrated into Avid MediaCentral.

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