Automatic Sync Announces Closed Captioning in French


Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) today announced support for closed captioning of digital video content in French. AST’s CaptionSync™ now delivers full text transcripts and time-coded synchronized captions for videos in French, adding to its existing line of professional, affordable English and Spanish captioning.

The demand for French captioning is growing with the proliferation of video on demand, and we are pleased to help a broader base of customers in education, corporate and government sectors deliver accessible and searchable media. AST is committed to enabling international organizations reach a wider audience and become compliant with accessibility laws and guidelines by delivering rich comprehensive media that can be read and understood by all.

Complete and accurate closed captions are requirements for thousands of video publishers, who must satisfy each country’s mandates for content accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing audiences. Producers also incorporate captions to make video searchable and to improve viewer comprehension. Captioned text reinforces learning and allows text search for easy reference and review, an important training benefit for companies serving multilingual customers. Using CaptionSync for French captioning delivers a complete word-for-word transcript text file that can be easily translated into accurate English text, for second language subtitles.

Automatic Sync Announces DVD/MP4 Transfer Feature


Updated features of AST’s CaptionSync™ simplify converting old physical media to accessible modern digital formats, compatible with web delivery and iOS™ and other mobile devices. The DVD and MP4 transfer feature allows organizations to easily convert physical media such as DVDs and VHS tapes into a modern digital format that can be used to deliver video content via the web or to mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, and tablet devices while simultaneously adding ADA and Section 508-compliant closed captions. This process makes video content accessible and searchable, without the error rates found in speech recognition.

“Educational organizations and libraries with an archive of old physical media now have a convenient and inexpensive way to make their media fully accessible while converting the content to a modern digital format,” said Kevin Erler, President of Automatic Sync Technologies.

Caption Your Vimeo Videos with CaptionSync


CaptionSync is now able to generate captions for Vimeo videos.  Vimeo announced a new version of their HTML5 player on Tuesday, which includes several long-awaited accessibility features.  Vimeo customers can now add closed captions or subtitles to their videos using CaptionSync caption files.  The new player also provides full keyboard navigation and WCAG 2 AA support, which allows users of screen readers to better use the player.

CaptionSync’s List of URLs feature works with Vimeo videos.  This means that you can submit your Vimeo videos for captioning directly from your CaptionSync account, without needing to re-upload them.  More info is available in the Support Center when you are logged in to your account.

To add closed captions to your Vimeo videos, just add DFXP or SRT to your selected output formats, and then upload the caption file to Vimeo, as described in our Support Center article. You can also take advantage of our Spanish or French caption translations with Vimeo!

 

 

Cinema Certified™ Result Review Service for VOD Closed Captioning


If you have feature films, television dramas, or other dramatic narrative content destined for television, DVD,  iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, Netflix, or other video on demand (VOD) services, then extra attention is needed to ensure conformance with their requirements.  Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) has developed a new enhanced review process that we call “Cinema Certified Result Review” for getting your captioned content approved quickly and inexpensively.  Check out our new Cinema Certified Result Review service, or give us a call to discuss your captioning needs.

Automatic Sync Technologies Announces Updates to YouTube Automated Closed Captioning Workflow


Automatic Sync Technologies (AST), a leader in captioning and transcription technology and provider of the CaptionSync video closed captioning service, today announced updates to its integration with YouTube that will allow higher education, government, and enterprises to fully automate the process of adding ADA and Section 508-compliant closed captions to their video content published on YouTube.  AST’s existing integration with YouTube allows CaptionSync users to submit YouTube video URLs and receive back high-quality closed caption files.  This process makes YouTube content accessible and searchable, without the error rates found in speech recognition.  The integration updates provide a full “round-trip” integration, with closed captions automatically added to YouTube videos as soon as they are available.  Users simply link their YouTube account to their CaptionSync account, and then indicate which videos in their account they want captioned.

“We are excited to offer these new enhancements to our YouTube workflow integration,” said Kevin Erler, President of Automatic Sync Technologies. “Educational organizations educational content producers are increasingly including YouTube as one of their video distribution channels, and this integration allows organizations to caption this content with a very efficient workflow that reduces staff costs. Captioning YouTube video content also makes the content fully searchable, making it easier for learners to discover content, further increasing the brand and reputation of the organization.”

The integration enables YouTube content providers to further support multiple accessibility standards and regulations, as well as U.S. federal mandates, including Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act.

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 Ensemble Video, Kaltura, Mediasite, Brightcove, Echo360, Panopto and YouTube, or for DVD authoring and broadcast. 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 www.automaticsync.com, or call +1 (877) 278-7962

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AST Exhibiting at Educause 2013


AST is proud to be an exhibitor again at one of the leading conferences in education, Educause 2013.

  • EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
  • Conference Dates: October 15-18, 2013
  • Exhibition Hall Dates: Wednesday, Oct 16 and Thursday, Oct 17  2013
  • Location: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
  • Automatic Sync Technologies Booth: #255

Please stop by Booth #255 while you are at the show, or contact info@automaticsync.com to arrange a meeting with us at the conference.

California Community College Users – DECT Grant Update


AST is pleased to announce that we have been chosen again as an Approved Vendor for the Distance Education Captioning & Transcription (DECT) grant for California Community Colleges.  AST has been providing captioning services to California colleges since 2004, and has been an approved vendor for the DECT grant since the current program was initiated in 2009.  This important grant program covers captioning costs for media used for online courses, telecourses, hybrid courses and lecture capture content. Visit the DECT web page for more information on California’s DECT program, or contact AST to have our grant experts help you through the application process.

AST Expands Translation Service Features


AST provides professional Spanish translation services to help CaptionSync users obtain translated caption files. This service allows users to first caption a video in its native language (either English or Spanish), and then select to have AST professionally translate the audio and produce time-stamped, translated caption files.

Now AST is expanding the language translation feature, letting customers provide their own translated transcript and obtain translated caption files in any of 6 languages: Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Simply caption your video in its native language, then provide the translated transcript — CaptionSync will align your translated transcript to the captioning job and produce time-stamped, translated caption files in the new language.

AST will continue to provide professional translation services for customers needing a Spanish transcript for an English video (or vice versa).

As always, you can contact us via, Email: info@automaticsync.com or Phone: 877-AST-SYNC (877-278-7962). We’re happy to tell you about translation, or any of our caption and transcription services!

Watch for more details on this useful feature in our upcoming newsletter.

March 28, 2013

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New – AST Customer Service Portal


AST takes pride in providing excellent customer service, and as part of our ongoing efforts, now offers a new Customer Support Portal.

The new support portal provides more information and detail about using CaptionSync and offers deeper discussion on captioning topics in general. During the month of March we are rolling out this new portal, and invite you to log into your account, check it out, and offer feedback and comments about your experience with the support process.

You can access the new support portal by going to the Help page (link in the upper right corner), and then choosing option 1 to access the portal. All of our wiki pages, how-to tutorials, and FAQ answers are now part of the searchable Knowledge Base on the new support portal.

In addition to the updated documentation and search features, other benefits of the system include the ability to view support ticket submissions and responses online, in one convenient place.

As always, we welcome your feedback and invite you to give online comments here, or send us email at info@automaticsync.com — let us know what you think!

New AST Case Studies & Resources Tab


AST provides value to customers and partners every day, and now we have added fast access to a single repository of educational information under the “Resources” tab on the website.

New Case Studies
From accessible learning to television broadcast, distance learning to online training, AST customers use CaptionSync to make a difference in their media and to widen their audience. But don’t take our word for it. Read our customer success stories to learn how leading organizations are finding unbeatable value, performance, and accessibility, while making content text-searchable and indexable.

AST continues to add to its growing library of educational information about transcription and captioning related to accessibility. Check back often to see what’s new and informative under our “Resources” tab.

AST and Desire2Learn Webinar


AST partner Desire2Learn unveiled Capture 7.4, at Educause in November. The new release includes a built-in integration with CaptionSync that is receiving positive reception. Many organizations are already upgrading to Desire2Learn Capture 7.4 to take advantage of its advanced captioning and blended-learning publishing tools.

Those interested in Desire2Learn Capture and the CaptionSync integration can learn more at upcoming web meetings.

February 6, 2PM EST
Desire2Learn Webinar
“Product Deep Dive: Desire2Learn Capture”
Register at http://www.desire2learn.com/resources/webinars/?id=300#300

February 7, 11AM EST
Desire2Learn Accessibility Interest Group Call
Desire2Learn and Automatic Sync discuss captioning with Desire2Learn Capture 7.4
To join this call, please register for the special interest group at:
http://collaborate.athenpro.org/group/d2l/
then sign up for the email list to receive the web meeting bridge notification.
https://behemoth.wac.ohio-state.edu/mailman/listinfo/d2l-consortium

Learn more about AST’s work with Desire2Learn on our D2L page

New Whitepaper Higher Ed Captioning Now Available


Please download and read our paper titled The Essential Higher Ed Closed Captioning Guide by AST co-founder Kevin Erler, Ph.D., co-authored with AST partner, McGraw-Hill Tegrity, Inc.

With evidence of increasing attention on accessibility from the very highest levels of university management, AST and partner company, McGraw-Hill Tegrity, authored a whitepaper detailing technical and compliance issues, as well as Higher Education adoption trends. This whitepaper was unveiled at Educause 2012 in November. The number of IT managers and CIOs who requested copies made it clear that captioning and accessibility are now a mainstream focus at universities. Their comments echoed the imperative: “This is a high priority for our organization.”

To find out how accessibility and captioning requirements can effect your IT organization, download a copy of this important whitepaper from the “Resources” section of the AST website:

http://www.automaticsync.com/captionsync/resources/our-research/

Automatic Sync Technologies Now Integrates With EduStream.org to Easily Streamline Production of Closed Captions for Community Colleges


AST’s partner, Edustream.org, provides captioned video-on-demand services, content hosting and live streaming services to California Community Colleges. Edustream’s platform now integrates with CaptionSync™ closed captioning workflow to deliver cost-effective video content that is both accessible and searchable. Now Edustream’s member institutions can 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.

AST’s New Tutorial on Video Encoding


AST has posted a new tutorial detailing its CaptionSync Video Encoding Service, which encodes either subtitles or open captions into your MOV, M4V, F4V or MP4 video files, and downloads an MV4 file. This format is compatible with a wide range of players including QuickTime, JW Player, Flowplayer, RealPlayer, VLC, iTunes as well as iOS devices such as iPad, iPhone, and iPod. The Video Encoding service ensures great accessibility and a broader audience. View the full tutorial on our How-To-Tutorials page.

The Video Encoding Service is very cost effective. Request a price sheet to get the full details.

AST’s Video Encoding takes caption files directly from CaptionSync and adds additional value by encoding the caption data back into the video for you. AST offers a number of different Video Encoding services:

Subtitled M4V Videos

Submit a MOV, M4V, or MP4 video for captioning and you can choose to get back an encoded M4V file with the captioning appearing in subtitle field (in addition, you will also receive all of the standard closed caption files of your choice).

  • Speed: If you provide the verbatim text transcript with your video, you’ll have your M4V subtitled video in minutes.
  • The encoded M4V file is ready to go for use with any player or device that supports M4V videos, including JW Player, Flowplayer, QuickTime, iPad, iPhone, iPod, and iTunes.
  • Viewers can turn on or off the subtitles as needed.

Open Captioned Videos

Submit a MOV, M4V, or MP4 video for captioning and you can choose to get back an encoded M4V file with the captioning appearing as open captions underneath the video (in addition, you will also receive all of the standard closed caption files of your choice).

  • The encoded M4V file is ready to go for use with any player or device that supports M4V or MP4 videos, which includes most video players.
  • Open captions are always displayed (they are part of the video image), so support for displaying them is universal on any player or device that can play M4V/MP4 files.
  • The video files can be imported into any NLE or DVD authoring software for authoring your open captioned content to physical media.

Digital NLE Captions

Encoding traditional D1 (720×486) tapestock such as Beta SP, digi-Beta, or DVCPro used to be a process that required expensive hardware or software. AST’s Digital NLE Captions allow you to submit your media electronically, post-process the caption files and receive a black line-21 .MOV caption file which you integrate into your NLE software such as Avid, Final Cut Pro or Premiere and print-to-tape.

  • Speed: If you provide the verbatim text transcript with your video, you’ll have your NLE caption files in minutes.
  • Cost: CaptionSync and AST’s Digital NLE Captions are a fraction of the cost of conventional captioning. Simply pay for your transcript (if needed) and captions, and add the Digital NLE file option.
  • No “Gen” Loss: By importing the Digital NLE Captions file into your non-linear editor and merging it with your existing video, you can lay the first generation to tape complete with line-21 captions.

AST to Exhibit at 2012 Accessing Higher Ground Conference


AST is proud to be an exhibitor again at Accessing Higher Ground conference in Westminster, CO. Please stop by Booth #8 if you plan to attend.

The conference is hosted by the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) and conducted in collaboration with ATHEN, EASI and sponsor, the University of Colorado-Boulder.

15th Annual Accessing Higher Ground
Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference

Dates: Wednesday, 14 November 2012 – Thursday, 15 November 2012.
Location: Westin Hotel, Westminster, Colorado – Booth 8

Please stop by Booth #8 and say hi, or contact info@automaticsync.com to arrange a meeting with us at the conference. For more information about the Accessing Higher Ground 2012 event, visit the website at: http://accessinghigherground.org.

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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Automatic Sync Technologies Drives Momentum with Customer Wins and Partnerships


Automatic Sync Technologies Advancing Services for Video Closed Captioning, Pushes Into Strong 4th Quarter as FCC Captioning Mandate Begins

Hayward, CA — October 29, 2012 — Automatic Sync Technologies (AST), a leader in captioning and transcription technology and provider of the CaptionSync™ video closed captioning service, today highlighted its continued momentum, spurred by strong growth in the first three quarters of 2012. AST has achieved significant milestones that include broad adoption of its services across enterprise, government and education sectors.

“Since 2004, AST has staked its reputation on innovative technology that delivers high quality, affordable captioning support and service to make video accessible as it moves increasingly into the mainstream,” said Kevin Erler, president of Automatic Sync Technologies. “We understand legislative requirements and the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). Now with FCC mandates for accessibility and captioning standards reaching to Internet broadcast channels, AST is ready to help customers meet regulation standards. We offer one of the widest ranges of format support and platform integration to keep pace with the exponential demand for video. We are proud to consistently meet the test to garner renewed government and education contracts, and expand our base of top tier enterprise customers and partners.”

Customer Growth
Over the last year, AST has consistently grown its customer base and in just the past quarter has marked several new milestones in customer wins and contract extensions:

Education

  • California State University, 23-campus system. AST won a renewal of its preferred vendor status through a re-bid process.
  • Kansas State University. Through RFP bid, AST won contract vendor status across multiple departments, including Disability Services, Online Learning, Food Services, Agricultural and Human Resources.

Government

  • AST won a contract renewal for up to 5 years to provide captioning services to the US Library of Congress.
  • The National Institutes of Health awarded AST a contract for their National Library of Medicine division.

Enterprise

  • AST completed implementation of iOS support for captioning video curriculum published and distributed by its client, Pearson Education, the world’s leading education materials and technology services for students and teachers worldwide.

New Partner/Platform Integration

  • AST announced its partnership with Ensemble Video and completion an integrated platform for captioning video course material at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to meet accessibility and learning requirements across the RIT student body, including students from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), one of nine colleges at RIT.
  • AST announced its integration with Digital Rapids Corporation’s new Kayak™ dynamic workflow platform, supporting captioning for its Digital Rapids Transcode Manager® high-volume media processing software. Headquartered in Ontario, Canada, with offices in the US, UK, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina, Digital Rapids provides content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations.

Upcoming Events

  • October 31 Enterprise Video Conference – Panel Presentations
  • “Video Closed Captioning ABCs: Accessibility, Benefits and Compliance”
    Moderator:
    Paul Riismandel, Director of Curriculum Support, School of Communication, Northwestern University
    Panelists:
    Kevin Erler, President, Automatic Sync Technologies, LLC
    Peter Schott, Director, Digital Production, Cengage Learning
    J. Ian Webber, Senior Manager, Academic Technology and Media Services, Rochester Institute of Technology

  • November 7-8 Educause 2012 Booth: 421. AST is proud to be an exhibitor again at one of the leading conferences in education.

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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 Ensemble Video, Kaltura, Mediasite, Brightcove, Echo360, Panopto and YouTube, or for DVD authoring and broadcast. 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 www.automaticsync.com, or call +1 (877) 278-7962

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AST at EDUCAUSE 2012 Conference


AST is proud to be an exhibitor again at one of the leading conferences in education. Please stop by Booth # 421 if you plan to attend.

EDUCAUSE Annual Conference – Denver, CO – November 6-9
Exhibition Dates: Wednesday, 7 and Thursday, 8 November 2012
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado
Booth: #421

Please stop by Booth # 421 and say hi, or contact info@automaticsync.com to arrange a meeting with us at the conference.

For more information visit online EDUCAUSE. Note: The conference begins on the United States Election Day. If you are voting and plan to attend, be sure to use alternative voting methods available (e.g., voting via absentee/mail-in ballots). You can find long distance voting information online.

AST Launches New Spanish Translation Services


AST has added translation capabilities to its Transcription and Captioning services for English and Spanish content. Clients may submit a video in either Spanish or English and AST’s professional translators will do the necessary work to provide an accurate, yet extremely cost-effective translation and corresponding subtitle files. This eliminates the time and cost producers face when having to locate a proficient translator who can translate the original captions.

To find out more about the new cost-effective translation service in CaptionSync, check out our Translation Tutorial in our How-To library.

Enterprise Video Conference, special event at Streaming Media West


AST is proud to be selected to speak at the special event for Streaming Media West, the Enterprise Video Conference, on October 31 in Los Angeles.

The 2-day show is designed to bring together users from both the enterprise and educational verticals to showcase their deployments of video technologies used both in and outside the firewall.

Dates: Tuesday, 30 October 2012 – Wednesday, 31 October 2012.
Location: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, California

This year, a Streaming Media West is featuring a special event conference for video in education and business—the Enterprise Video Conference focuses on issues at the cross-roads of Internet broadcast. Please contact info@automaticsync.com to arrange a meeting with us at the conference, or join AST for the presentation.

October 31 Enterprise Video Conference – Panel Presentation A201
“Video Closed Captioning ABCs: Accessibility, Benefits and Compliance”
• Paul Riismandel, Director of Curriculum Support, School of Communication, Northwestern University
• Kevin Erler, Automatic Sync Technologies, LLC
• Peter Schott, Director, Digital Production, Cengage Learning
• J. Ian Webber, Manager, Senior Manager, Academic Technology and Media Services, Rochester Institute of Technology

New Blog and Tutorial: Captioning Someone Else’s YouTube Videos


AST has found a solution for those that need to caption content from others’ YouTube videos. Instructors and producers often include pieces of great video. But how to caption if you haven’t produced it? Overstream used to provide a solution for superimposing captions onto someone else’s video, but it is no longer available. The good news is that AST does have a solution. Check the details in our newest Blog and Tutorial and learn to create accessible video.

AST to Exhibit and Present at the Southwest Conference on Disability


The 2012 Southwest Conference on Disability will be held in Albuquerque, NM from October 9 to 12. AST will be exhibiting at this conference, and presenting a session on techniques for captioning on Thursday, Oct 11. If you plan to attend, please stop by our booth at the conference or contact us via email info@automaticsync.com.

AST to exhibit at the Distance Learning & Teaching Conference


The 2012 Annual Conference on Distance Learning & Teaching will be held in Madison, WI from August 8 to 10, and AST will be there. AST has been a long-time exhibitor at the Distance Learning & Teaching conference and we will be back again this year, in booth 311. To arrange time to meet with us at the conference, please stop by our booth at the conference or contact us via email.

Rochester Institute of Technology Advances Academic Course Captioning, Integrating AST CaptionSync and Ensemble Video Platform


Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) and Ensemble Video today announced the completion an integrated platform for captioning video course material at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). AST’s CaptionSync is now integrated into the Ensemble Video platform to meet the accessibility and learning requirements across the RIT student body, including students from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), one of nine colleges at RIT. Both companies are attending the Campus Technology Conference, Boston Seaport World Trade Center, on July 17 and 18 and are available for contact in the Exhibit Hall at Booth 744.

“There is no corner cutting here, and the fact that Ensemble developed the custom integration with AST and streamlined the platform to handle our high volume of captioning is a massive time saver for us,” said J. Ian Webber, senior manager Academic Technology and Media Services, RIT. “We have used AST for many years because of their high quality and speed. To have CaptionSync integrated into our system is an enormous benefit.”

Ensemble Video mapped to the RIT workflow and incorporated AST tools that were already built into the university’s captioning services. The new platform service needed to go beyond criteria for a general audience caption experience and meet a unique set of needs. The new service exceeds general accessibility standards, accommodating special requirements that boost comprehension, such as high-level font and display using specialized color, sizes and background.

“AST has a long relationship with RIT, and we are extremely pleased to partner with Ensemble in the development of an integrated platform for captioning workflow,” said Kevin Erler, president of Automatic Sync Technologies. “Our CaptionSync technology is designed to meet the highest level of accessibility standards. The NTID defines best practices to increase learning comprehension and we are proud to implement this within the integration of RIT’s new platform.”

Ensemble worked closely with RIT to enable a caption format customization capability that made it easy for RIT to implement the custom changes to match the NTID use standards. “We are proud to be selected to develop the platform for RIT, because they have unique needs and demands in serving the NTID college,” said Andy Covell, CEO at Ensemble Video. “The integrated platform is designed to advance RIT’s captioning ability, and we are pleased to develop the platform to deliver these extended capabilities.”

About Ensemble Video
Ensemble Video is an award-winning video content management system that enables efficient, coordinated, and collaborative rich media management for a small group of users or all the users within an organization. Ensemble Video is flexible, easy to deploy and support, easy to use, and integrates easily with a wide range of complementary video and Web technologies. Learn more about our expertise, our team and our story.

About RIT and NTID
Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. With a student body of more than 17,600, the campus occupies 1,300 acres in suburban Rochester, the third-largest city in New York State. RIT also has international campuses in Eastern Europe and Dubai. More information can be found by visiting the RIT website.

A part of the university since 1967, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf is one of the nine colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology. More than 14,000 undergraduate students from around the world, including more than 1,300 who are deaf or hard of hearing, come to campus every year to take advantage of the benefits of an RIT/NTID education. More information can be found by visiting the NTID website.

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 Ensemble Video, Kaltura, Mediasite, Brightcove, Echo360, Panopto and YouTube, or for DVD authoring and broadcast. 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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Automatic Sync Technologies
Kaye McKinzie
Quatrain PR
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(415) 927-7365

Ensemble Video
Scott Nadzan
Director of Marketing and Sales
scott@ensemblevideo.com
(315) 753-0094

AST to be at Campus Technology 2012 Conference


Campus Technology will hold their annual conference July 17 to 18 in Boston, and AST will be there. We will be helping out Ensemble Video, one of our important partners in their booth (booth 744). Please come by the Seaport Conference Center in Boston to meet see how we make captioning easy within the Ensemble Video system. To arrange time to meet with us at Campus Tech, please stop by booth 744 at the conference or contact us via email.

AST To Exhibit at 2012 AHEAD Conference


The Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) will hold their annual conference July 9 to 14 in New Orleans, and AST will be there. AST has been a long-time exhibitor at AHEAD and we will be back again this year, in booth 53. To arrange time to meet with us at AHEAD, please stop by our booth at the conference or contact us via email.

AST Unveils New Blog Site


Automatic Sync Technologies is proud to announce the launch of its new blog, called “CaptionIT”. The blog will provide a venue for us to offer timely commentary on changes in the industry, legislation, and new captioning techniques. Reader comments are welcome, so come and join the discussion. The CaptionIT blog is accessible from the “News” tab on our site, or by going to it directly at blog.captionsync.com.

CaptionSync Delivers WebVTT Output


AST has released a new caption output format for CaptionSync called WebVTT, a format that supports HTML5 players. Although the WebVTT spec is not yet finalized, AST is enthusiastic about HTML5 and so is adopting early support. We expect the WebVTT to evolve further, and will give modifications to this format top priority. HTML5 is becoming a preferred method of video streaming on mobile devices, which generally do not support Flash.

AST To Present at AccessU in Austin, May 16th


AST co-founder, Kevin Erler will be presenting a session on captioning, “Techniques for Captioning Educational Material” discussing the many approaches to captioning video material. The session will highlight the pros and cons of each approach, including issues of accuracy, cost, timeliness, and scalability. If your captioning volume is growing exponentially, this talk will help you understand the workflow issues related to different technical approaches.

AccessU is presented by Knowbility and offers training sessions on a wide variety of Accessibility topics. Come and learn how to make equal access part of everything you do.

AST Adds Two New Services


New – Production Transcripts
Did you know that AST offers time-stamped transcripts of your media file?
Typically used in video production and for documenting interviews, focus groups, and depositions, time-coded transcripts, help editors quickly locate precise segments for editing — saving significant time in post-production. Production Transcripts are cost-effective and can give you a valuable tool to spotlight precise areas in your video.

New – Video Encoding Service
AST has just rolled out a new service that takes your uploaded MOV, M4V, F4V or MP4 video files and encodes either subtitles or open captions into the video. It is available for download as an MV4 file. This format is compatible with a wide range of players including QuickTime, JW Player, Flowplayer, RealPlayer, VLC, iTunes as well as iOS devices such as iPad, iPhone, and iPod. The Video Encoding service ensures great accessibility and a broader audience. This new CaptionSync service is very cost-effective – see the supplemental price sheet on the Help page after you log in.

AST to Participate in Session at Tegrity User Conference


The upcoming Tegrity User Conference (April 18 – 20, 2012) will include a session titled “Closed Captioning Best Practices” on Friday April 20 at 9:15am. This panel session will include discussion of different approaches to captioning and what is on the horizon for captioning Tegrity presentations. AST will be participating in this session and will be on-hand to provide technical expertise on the topic. Please come by to participate in the discussion, learn about real-world experiences in captioning lecture-capture content, and get all of your captioning questions answered.

AST to exhibit at Kaltura Connect Conference


AST will be exhibiting at the annual Kaltura user and developer conference. The conference will be held in New York City on April 2nd and 3rd. On April 3rd, AST will be exhibiting our automated captioning workflow for Kaltura’s online video platform. For more information please visit the Kaltura Connect conference website.

Automatic Sync Technologies and Symphony Video, Inc. Partner to Enable Broad Adoption of Captioning Service for College Campuses


Universities and colleges across the US are working to meet requirements to deliver accessible content for hearing impaired and deaf students, faculty and community. Today, Symphony Video, Inc., creator of Ensemble Video Software, and Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) announced the completion of an integrated workflow that offers built-in management controls for streamlining video content captioning. Now institutions can aggregate captioning volumes for greater discounts, allowing faster creation of more accessible content while maximizing tight budgets.

Now in release at Syracuse University, Ensemble Video’s integrated solution features seamless captioning via Automatic Sync’s fee-based service, CaptionSync™. “Syracuse University is committed to making its video content accessible to everyone, and AST and Symphony Video help us accomplish that goal,” said Neal Coffey, manager of the Video Production Unit at Syracuse University. “We are excited about the partnership and look forward to taking advantage of the streamlined workflows with the highly accurate captioning from AST. This new feature set will save Syracuse University users time and money.”

Ensemble Video is an award-winning video management platform recognized for a suite of features developed with participation from higher education institutions, including Syracuse University, the University of Illinois, Clemson University, and Colgate University.

“Our vision is focused on the needs of higher education. We are thrilled to collaborate with Automatic Sync to provide a tool that lets institutions easily and cost effectively create accessible content throughout the campus,” said Andy Covell, founder and CEO of Symphony Video, Inc., creator of Ensemble Video Software.

“At Automatic Sync, we recognize the challenges that institutions face as they try to caption more and more content,” said Brent Robertson, co-founder, Automatic Sync Technologies. “This collaboration offers tremendous value for customers in addressing those challenges.”

About Symphony Video
Ensemble Video, Symphony Video’s flagship product, is a rich media management and publishing system used by hundreds of educational institutions. With an easy-to-use interface, extensive feature set and integration with Wowza Media Server, Ensemble Video is an obvious choice for organizations seeking a cost-effective platform that enables users from across the organization to manage, share and distribute video. To learn more about Ensemble Video, visit www.ensemblevideo.com. To setup a trial or demo of Ensemble Video visit the website at: www.ensemblevideo.com/contactus, or call +1 (315) 753-0094.

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, Echo360, Panopto and YouTube, or for DVD authoring and broadcast. 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 www.automaticsync.com, or call +1 (877) 278-7962.

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Press Contacts
Automatic Sync Technologies
Kaye McKinzie
Quatrain PR
(415) 927-7365

Automatic Sync Technologies Integrates with the Kaltura Online Video Platform


Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) today announced its partnership with Kaltura (www.kaltura.com), developer of the first and only open source online video platform. AST’s CaptionSync™ technology now fully integrates with Kaltura’s platform and supports enhanced features in its products and applications, including Kaltura MediaSpace™, an out-of-the-box video portal, so users can search, browse, watch, share and upload videos, and video presentations. CaptionSync enhances Kaltura’s caption support by automating the workflow for requesting and receiving captions. The integration partnership paves the way for enhanced search features, both within videos and across video libraries, and will help advance searchable and accessible digital media in education.

“We are extremely pleased to partner with Kaltura and provide joint customers with a smooth workflow to add time-coded, synchronized captions to videos with a few clicks of the mouse,” said Kevin Erler, president of Automatic Sync Technologies. “Kaltura MediaSpace application is an innovative and creative shared learning environment perfect for higher education. We are excited to be a part of the next-generation of education technology.”

With the combined Kaltura/CaptionSync integration, file transfers are completely automated, allowing streamlined production of accessible, discoverable, and searchable video content quickly and efficiently. Education technology centers can move across complete libraries and provide captioning in record time. Whether transcoding between LMS systems or enabling video management in an independent environment, or configuring Kaltura MediaSpace as a central, YouTube-like environment, the combined format and use possibilities are endless.

“We are delighted to enter this partnership with AST, our newest addition to the Kaltura Application Exchange, enhancing the wide range of solutions offered to Kaltura publishers,” said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura’s chairman and CEO. “Together we can continue to help educational institutions enhance their learning results by using integrated video with accurate and high-quality captioning that is automated within the Kaltura Platform workflow.”

Complete and accurate closed captions are requirements for thousands of video publishers, who must satisfy state and federal mandates for content accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing audiences. Two major benefits of incorporating captions is to make video searchable and to improve viewer comprehension. Captioned text reinforces learning with text search for easy back-reference and review. These are important training features for multilingual students.

“AST has been our captioning service to make our videos accessible to the widest audience, which helps us meet the regulatory mandates,” said Ben D. Zastrocky, Director, Educational Technology Center at Metro State College of Denver. “We also use Kaltura to provide our online video management, including lecture capture and now MediaSpace for instructors and students. Having these two vendors working together to advance the capabilities of available technology means we can be assured of smooth operations and concentrate on delivering the best possible education solutions for our users.”

About Kaltura
Kaltura provides the world’s first Open Source Online Video Platform. Over 120,000 media & entertainment companies, enterprises, SMBs, educational institutions, service providers, platform vendors, and system integrators use Kaltura’s flexible platform to enhance their websites, web-services, and web-platforms with advanced customized video, photo and audio functionalities. Kaltura’s features and products enable users to easily deploy custom workflows involving video creation, ingestion, publishing, management, syndication, engagement, monetization and analysis. The free community-supported self-hosted software and source-code is available for download at www.kaltura.org. A commercial version of the software can be obtained at www.kaltura.com along with Kaltura services such as streaming, hosting, transcoding, analytics, ad serving, support and maintenance packages, and professional development. Founded in 2006, New York-based Kaltura is also a founding member of the ‘Open Video Alliance’ (www.openvideoalliance.org), a coalition of organizations dedicated to fostering open standards for online video. For more information: http://www.kaltura.com, http://www.kaltura.org and http://exchange.kaltura.com/.

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, Echo360, Panopto and YouTube, or for DVD authoring and broadcast. 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 www.automaticsync.com, or call +1 (877) 278-7962.

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All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

Press Contacts
Automatic Sync Technologies
Kaye McKinzie
Quatrain PR
(415) 927-7365

Kaltura, Inc.
Lisa Bennett
Director of Public Relations & Marketing
(212) 981-3965

Captioning for Elluminate/Collaborate Archives


CaptionSync can now accept Blackboard Collaborate presentations (Elluminate archives) for captioning. (more…)

Automatic Sync Technologies and Tegrity Partner to Automate Fully Captioned Lecture Capture


Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) today announced a partnership with Tegrity, the leading campus-wide lecture capture service and a division of McGraw Hill Higher Education. (more…)

Automatic Sync Technologies Added to GSA Schedule 70 to Provide Compliant Closed-Captioning of Digital Video to Federal Agencies


Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) today announced that its services are now available to federal government agencies purchasing under the General Services Administration (GSA) IT Schedule 70. (more…)

Automatic Sync Technologies Announces Closed Captioning in Spanish


Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) today announced support for closed captioning of digital video content in Spanish. AST’s CaptionSync™ technology now delivers full text transcripts and time-coded synchronized captions for videos in Latin American Spanish. (more…)

Automatic Sync Technologies Integrates with Brightcove Video to Enable Automated Workflow for Producers


Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) today announced it has partnered with Brightcove, the leading cloud content services company. (more…)

NBC Learn Teams Up With Automatic Sync Technologies To Caption Its Video Archives


Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) is proud to announce that the company was selected to be the captioning provider for NBC Learn. AST’s CaptionSync™ service will provide closed captioning for learning videos that are available on NBCLearn.com. (more…)

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