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.”
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/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, online at www.automaticsync.com, or call +1 (877) 278-7962.
# # #
All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.
Automatic Sync Technologies
Director of Public Relations & Marketing