Automatic Sync Technologies and EduStream Partner to Streamline Production of Closed Captions for Community Colleges


EduStream.org platform now integrates with CaptionSync™ closed captioning workflow to deliver cost-effective video content that is both accessible and searchable.

Hayward, CA and San Bernardino, CA – November 5, 2012Automatic Sync Technologies (AST), a leader in captioning and transcription technology and provider of the CaptionSync™ video closed captioning service, today announced its partnership with EduStream.org, a provider of captioned video-on-demand services, content hosting and live streaming services to California Community Colleges. Edustream.org is now integrated with Automatic Sync Technologies’ CaptionSync service, allowing EduStream member institutions to easily add captions to videos with only a few clicks of the mouse. File transfers are completely automated, allowing institutions to create and share accessible and searchable video content quickly and efficiently.

“EduStream is committed to making video content easily accessible to everyone of our member institutions, and partnering with AST helps us accomplish that goal,” said Osman Parada, Senior Technology Support Specialist at EduStream. “Our mission is to provide a central resource for video-on-demand capabilities for members who are not prepared to implement or manage their own request and fulfillment systems. We are excited about the integration with AST, which makes captioning user content easy.”

Colleges across the U.S. are working to meet requirements to deliver accessible content for their hearing impaired and deaf students, faculty and communities. Captioning videos satisfies several federal and state laws, which mandate that video and audio content be made accessible to people with disabilities. In addition to satisfying legal mandates, closed captioning offers benefits to a much broader set of users.

“We are pleased to extend CaptionSync’s affordable captioning and simple workflow to the EduStream community,” said Kevin Erler, President of AST. “Streamlined captioning workflows help colleges meet their legal requirements cost-effectively. Besides making video content accessible, captions also provide learning benefits for all students. Research shows comprehension improves when people are offered both audio and visual information.”

California Colleges DECT Grant for Captioning
AST is an approved vendor for the Distance Education Captioning and Transcription grant program (DECT). A program for participating California Community Colleges, the state’s DECT program can have a grant pay for eligible captioning by using approved CaptionSync DECT accounts. The CaptionSync integration with the EduStream system can also use these approved CaptionSync DECT accounts. For more information on captioning under the DECT program, please see our DECT page.

About EduStream.org
EduStream.org is a cost-effective, centralized resource for providing participating institutions with the video-on-demand capabilities they might not otherwise be prepared to implement or manage. Envisioned by the San Bernardino Community College District and realized through its strategic partnerships, EduStream.org was initially conceptualized as a means of addressing the increasing concerns of academic rigor with traditional television courses. Today, EduStream.org is poised to help educational institutions embed educational videos into their online content, expand staff and professional development programs, and increase the reach of their workforce and economic development programs.

About CaptionSync™
CaptionSync is an innovative, proprietary software service powered by Automatic Sync Technologies, providing high-quality automated captioning with unrivaled speed at a fraction of the cost of conventional captioning. The simple user interface accepts electronic submission of program media and returns standard-format caption files for web-media such as Flash, QuickTime and Windows Media, for platforms such as Mediasite, Brightcove, Kaltura, Echo360, Panopto, Tegrity, Ensemble Video, and YouTube. CaptionSync can simultaneously generate caption output for multiple types of media from a single submission. AST’s CaptionSync provides the Gold Standard in accuracy because it does not rely on speech recognition software and its inherent errors – AST stands apart from other providers of automated captioning for this reason.

About Automatic Sync Technologies
Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) is an industry-leading provider of web-based captioning services for thousands of customers worldwide, enabling accurate video and rich media search and retrieval to public and private sector enterprise. Formed in 1998 and funded in part by an SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant, AST pioneered the automated captioning technology to deliver the most cost-efficient, high-quality, automatic captioning service available today. AST helps government agencies and educational institutions comply with regulations to make advanced communication services accessible to hard of hearing and deaf audiences. Contact AST by email info@automaticsync.com, online at http://www.automaticsync.com, or call +1 (877) 278-7962

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