It has finally come! Captioning data for HD video can now be sent directly to your non-linear editing system. This HD update in captioning technology has been a longtime coming, so we are excited to be able to offer this workflow to clients with the proper set-up.
Why this should get you excited too
Our clients have enjoyed the benefits of captioning to their NLE systems for SD video for a couple of years now. It saves time and money by not shipping tapes back and forth, the video quality is first generation, and the client has all the control.
Now these same benefits can be obtained for HD video. This new technology has been developed to make your HD production easier and less expensive–it will significantly cut down your costs as recording closed-captioned masters for HD tapes is much more expensive than SD tapes when outsourcing to a captioning company.
The Set-up Required for NLEdirect HD Captioning
- Macintosh computer with an Intel processor
- NLE system (Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere…)** that can be used in conjunction with a Matrox MXO2 I/O breakout box. The device costs around $1500.
- HD tape deck
How the NLEdirect HD Captioning Process Works
- Uploads a proxy video file to Aberdeen’s FTP site
- Performs captioning (transcription, syncing & placement of text)
- E-mails client an audio file containing the captioning data with .mov extension
- Receives the audio file and designates it to audio track 8 in their NLE project
- Outputs project with captioning data through Matrox MX02 I/O breakout box and lays project to tape***
If you would like more information on this process or if you would like to obtain a test file to try out in your NLE system, contact Steve Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-688-6621 ext. 207.
**Note that this HD NLEdirect captioning system cannot be used in conjunction with AVID non-linear video editing systems at this time. We have reason to believe that this advance will be made an option soon!
***Note that the Matrox breakout box acts as a closed-captioning encoder, so when your video is laid to tape the CC can be viewed through a closed-captioning decoder.
© Joanna Scavo & Aberdeen Captioning, Inc. 2009.
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