EEG Video and Ai-Media join forces to form a complete subtitling platform

EEG Video and Ai-Media (Booth N5509) announced their debut together at NAB 2022.

Since EEG was acquired by Ai-Media in April 2021, their association has created a one-stop-shop for captioning solutions, combining cloud offerings with human services. This is reflected in Ai-Media’s iCap, Falcon and Lexi Automatic Captioning EEG cloud services, available with Ai-Media’s captioning, transcription and translation technology and teams.

EEG and Ai-Media offer advanced captioning solutions that are easy to deploy and cost effective. Their combined cloud-based solutions and global network of captioning professionals benefit many types of content creators. This powerful platform streamlines broadcast and livestream captions for broadcasters, streaming content, events, businesses, municipalities, educational institutions and more.

Here’s what conference attendees will see at the EEG and Ai-Media NAB booth:

For broadcast captioning, EEG Video will highlight Alta Software’s captioning encoder for live IP video. Alta is ideal for any broadcaster planning captioning/closed captioning in IP video production environments. A cloud-based encoder for live IP video, Alta merges intelligent captioning and translation capabilities with cloud-based video workflows, and is available for MPEG-TS and SMPTE 2110 formats. Alta can be run in private VPCs (Virtual Private Cloud) or full-service short-term packages from EEG with the Alta Cloud Rentals program.

CDI Alta is the latest update from Alta, extending its support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Digital Interface (CDI), making it easier and more affordable than ever for content creators to caption cloud-based live video production.

The introduction of CDI Alta follows EEG’s previous announcement of support for AWS Media Intelligence (AWS MI) solutions. Through this collaboration, EEG Alta and Ai-Media’s Lexi Automatic Captioning Service have both been made available as part of AWS MI solutions.

Live video captioning solutions include the following:

The Lexi Automatic Captioning Service is the automatic captioning service. It’s now faster, simpler, and more cost-effective than ever, delivering greater control and interoperability to IP-based workflows.

Broadcasters, streaming content creators, governments, municipalities, businesses, and educational users will benefit from Lexi’s many advancements. Able to achieve over 96% accuracy, Lexi expands the usability and quality of affordable AI closed captioning for live streaming, live stream and events, video conferencing and even VOD programming.

NAB will also mark the debut of Smart Lexi. This CaaS live captioning solution combines machine learning automation with expert human curation. It leverages Lexi’s 96% accuracy to provide users with unprecedented levels of accuracy, automation, and accessibility.

Smart Lexi is designed for broadcasters, live event producers, corporate and educational users looking for live captions with greater accuracy than out-of-the-box automatic captioning solutions and with a cheaper price than live human captioning.

Smart Lexi achieves its high quality and performance by overlaying captioning techniques and technologies, including human curation, custom dictionaries, and machine learning. Its AI-powered automation delivers optimal accuracy of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) captions.

Smart Lexi provides security and logging features, as well as content teams and value-added fast turnaround services for post-event transcriptions.

Multilingual services bring international reach to content with subtitles for dozens of languages. Ai-Media’s deep expertise with top-notch human captioning teams who can provide live translations and audio interpretation will connect creators and audiences everywhere.

The iCap Translate automatic captioning translation solution is hosted in the cloud and leverages Lexi’s advanced AI to create live captioning in the spoken language of a video program. iCap Translate supports English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Danish, Maori, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Arabic, Russian, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish. It can run from source captions in any of these languages ​​created by an expert monolingual stenographer, live text-to-speech work from the Lexi automatic captioning service, or a previously recorded and embedded caption track .

Additionally, the acclaimed Falcon Live Streaming RTMP encoder now features an HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) output mode, providing expanded support for global language web captioning.

In HLS output mode, Falcon users can add up to six segmented Video Text Track (VTT) caption tracks to a live stream. These VTT subtitle tracks are detected by the user’s media player as closed captions, appearing in most HLS players as a user-selectable option, with all closed-captions listed.

Falcon provides a fast and efficient workflow for RTMP uplink-based live captioning. The converted HLS output stream integrates with most popular HLS video players, such as JWPlayer, hls.js, Kaltura, Bitmovin, FlowPlayer, TheoPlayer, NexPlayer and Castr. With Falcon, content is efficiently captioned through a full stack of AI transcription and translation using the Lexi automatic captioning service.

Falcon, Lexi and Smart Lexi cloud services are a core offering of the CaaS platform from EEG and Ai-Media. This comprehensive set of livestream-ready cloud captioning services is seamlessly integrated, offering one-stop sign-up for easy use when creating accessible, localized content. As a result, content owners can easily tap into new markets for additional revenue streams.

NAB also marks the debut of the iCap Connect AV650. Ideal for any production studio or event space captioning in 4K resolution, the AV650 adds powerful new features to all the functionality of the HD492 iCap encoder. It provides native support for 12G-SDI UHD subtitle encoding and decoding, making it 4K compatible.

Users can now produce in a wider range of SDI workflows. Ai-Media’s EEG AV650 can easily overlay open captions on a 4K display, or in ATSC 3.0 for in-room monitor accessibility. The AV650’s SDI signal with subtitles can also be sent to a separate streaming media encoder and instantly converted to RTMP for a live workflow.

The AV650 1RU is optimized for event production companies who recognize that closed captioning and playable video can dramatically expand their audience. Ai-Media’s EEG AV650 offers the flexibility to work with broadcast, livestream and in-room spaces, with the ability to encode in 4K.

Another NAB highlight will be the first presentation of the AV610 CaptionPort™ Live Closed Captioning Display V2.1.0, giving users increased control over on-screen images, position and appearance. text in a specially designed, affordable and easy-to-use solution.

The AV610 was created to provide captioning connectivity to video conferencing and live meeting displays, with V2.1.0 making the AV610 more flexible and intuitive than ever for in-person meetings. Designed specifically for AV applications, the AV610 ensures full presentation visibility by reducing input video by 15% with the ability to place closed captioning data above or below the video. This unique feature allows the use of standard presentation templates without visual interference from subtitles, while ensuring accessibility for the hearing impaired.

Live meeting hosts can now use Scaler mode to generate a full-screen background image with text overlays. Subtitle decoder mode gives users full control over the appearance of subtitles, including standard or custom fonts, size, and color, in addition to text position. As a result, horizontal/vertical displays can be easily combined with larger text using the AV610.

Also, no upstream video generator is required to use AV610 V2.1.0. No external video source or TV converter from HDMI to SDMI is required, making the AV610 1RU a completely self-contained accessibility display solution for live meeting environments. In Background Image mode, users can simply upload a JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and SVG image such as a brand or event name and then place text on top, allowing a meeting screen to display captions in real time.

With the AV610, captions can come automatically from Ai-Media’s EEG Lexi automatic captioning service, or from thousands of live captioners through EEG’s iCap, the largest captioning network and broadcasting subtitles to the world.

“It was a pleasure to welcome the talented EEG team to Ai-Media,” says Co-founder and CEO of Ai-Media, Tony Abrahams. “Our combined strengths have led us to launch our comprehensive one-stop shop. It is an innovative ecosystem of video and subtitling services. We are happy to be together for the first time at the 2022 NAB Show.”

“EEG and Ai-Media provide a sophisticated technology stack that builds on what captioning can do,” says Bill McLaughlin, Product Manager of Ai-Media. “NAB Show 2022 is the perfect opportunity to meet content professionals from around the world, educate them about captioning as a service, and learn about their unique captioning needs.”

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