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AberFast & Producer in Singapore

Background

Joseph Prince Ministries (JPM) began airing Joseph Prince’s program, Destined To Reign, from the United States in late 2007, and enlisted Aberdeen to provide closed captioning and tape dubbing services. Given that the ministry’s programs are recorded in Joseph’s home church in Singapore, JPM needed a simple, fast and cost effective way to ship its program tapes.

Solution and Execution:

That is why in 2011, JPM adopted AberFast, Aberdeen’s digital delivery service. Replacing conventional shipping methods, AberFast’s innovative and stable file transfer system has resulted in higher quality videos for JPM. TV stations broadcasting Destined To Reign receive the videos on time, in the right format, and have confirmed that with AberFast, the final video quality is even better than before!

Results:

Overall, JPM is very satisfied with the effective and pro-active services of Aberdeen. Using AberFast has also helped to simplify the workflow between JPM and the TV stations it works with, thereby facilitating the preaching of the Gospel of Grace across the United States. All in all a win-win!

1 DVD – 22 Subtitle Languages & 8 Dub Languages

Aberdeen successfully translated, subtitled, and provided DVD authoring for the God of Wonders documentary by Eternal Productions.

Background

Jim Tetlow, the executive producer of God of Wonders approached Aberdeen with a complex task—to translate, subtitle, and DVD author 22 subtitled languages and 8 audio languages.

Solution and Execution:

Aberdeen has taken on basic, simple DVD authoring project for years, but this was the first large project with this many languages that we have undertaken.  Our main DVD authorer, Austin Bringard (who uses DVD Studio Pro by Apple) took on the challenge and assembled moving menus and authored 22 subtitled languages and 8 audio languages.

This new multi-language version includes these selectable languages: Voice Dubbed: English, Arabic, Farsi, French, Hindi, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish.   Subtitled: English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Danish, Dutch, German, Gujarati, Hebrew, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese.

Results:

Aberdeen rose to meet this challenge and proved to be a success. Preview God of Wonders: www.godofwondersvideo.org/chapters.htm

Overcoming Slow Bandwidth

Aberdeen creates a successful workflow for the transfer of long-form HD programs over the internet even at connection speeds under 1 Mb/s.

Background

Transferring files over the internet is hardly a new endeavor, however many parts of the country still have limited accessibility to high speed bandwidth. One such client, PowerWalk in Houston, Texas had such a dilemma. Needing to have a weekly HD program go through Post, get captioned and then delivered to a regional Fox affiliate in a three-day window left little hope for shipping and even less room for HD tape costs.

Solution and Execution:

Quite a few hurdles needed to be overcome to ensure the PowerWalk long-form (28:30) program could be transferred to Aberdeen for captioning and still make it to the station on time. A large part of the burden would be placed on Aberdeen’s AberFast file delivery service. AberFast operates on the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) which maintains consistent transfer speeds well above what FTP or HTTP offers. This automated delivery mechanism is a managed file transfer solution that has bit for bit verification (MD5) and e-mail notification to ensure late night deliveries arrive successfully well past the hours where shipping is even an option. Compounding the delivery difficulties was the outdated infrastructure of the neighborhood where the client’s studio was located. Upload speeds averaged less than 1Mb/s at their location. Even an SD-DV file at this speed could take over 15 hours to transfer. Significant compression was going to be needed to transfer a file in the necessary amount of time. Aberdeen’s broadcast solutions team designed a custom compression template for the client to ensure that every export would be as compressed as possible without sacrificing the visual or audio quality of the program.

Results:

The final compressed file has a size under 2GB and transfers from the client’s studio to Aberdeen’s data center in under five hours. This allows Aberdeen’s AberCap division to complete the closed captioning in time for AberFast to transcode and deliver a custom file back to the FOX station in Texas in less time than a tape could have made half the journey. AberFast’s ability to leverage the most advanced technological applications and workflows in the industry enable them to deliver high quality content at unparalleled speeds, meeting airdates around the globe.

Church’s Live CC Changes Lives

Aberdeen provides live captioning of a church service at Idlewild Church, allowing members of the congregation who are hard of hearing to be able to understand the message being preached.

Background

Senior Pastor Ken Whitten of Idlewild Church realized that members of his congregation were sitting in silence. Although his message was being interpreted by a sign language interpreter, this service was only helpful to church members who actually knew sign language. There were newly deaf (adult onset) and hard-of-hearing members in his church that had no way of understanding his sermon.

Solution and Execution:

Idlewild Church set up large screen projectors with the live captioning streaming from an Aberdeen live captioner, so the deaf and hard-of-hearing members could follow the message live.

Results:

The live captioning was a success and for the first time completed seamlessly, every member of the congregation had a clear understanding of the message being preached. After the initial service, Pastor Whitten had this message for Aberdeen Captioning:

"Thanks Team for making yesterday memorable for so many. It’s just the beginning, but it would have never launched without you and your heart and hard work. You’re a blessing to labor with. I could have also talked about a lady who cried at 9:30 too. They are out there. One lady came to see me at the Pastor’s reception and told me she’s telling all her friends. Get ready. It’s meeting a need."

Overcoming Documentary Translation Barriers

Aberdeen was presented with the task of closed captioning, translating, and subtitling the film "Hearing Everett."

Background

This film illustrates a family helping the deaf in Mexico. Every person that worked on this project was emotionally involved because it gave a sense of purpose and meaning to the work that Aberdeen does.

Solution and Execution:

This project was a lengthy one, involving five different phases: transcription, caption editing, translation, subtitle editing, and quality assurance. It took a team of experts at Aberdeen to provide the quality needed to accurately subtitle this film.

Results:

The project was completely seamlessly, and the result was high-quality subtitles that were created with the purpose of remaining true to the meaning of the film. Here is what Aberdeen’s Spanish translator, Enrico, had to say about his experience with the film:

"Without a doubt it is a remarkable, touching documentary.

I was blessed with the opportunity to translate this powerful testimony and I am certain it will greatly impact the people that get to see it the way it impacted us (I shared it with my wife) while working on it.

By working on this project and seeing other things their ministry is doing helped Aberdeen realize the importance of the work they do. Find out more about this film at strongtowerministries.info or hearingeverett.com."