Interra Systems - BATON Captions


Categories Post Production - QC QA Monitoring - Artificial intelligence AI - Machine learning ML

Interra Systems’ automated captioning solution, BATON Captions, allows media content providers to generate high quality captions and subtitles for global content creation.

The solution also enables service providers to QC captions and subtitles, create captions from transcribed audio, auto-correct errors, translate captions from one language to another, and regenerate captions to match different video deliveries.

Utilizing cutting-edge AI and machine learning (ML) technologies — including automatic speech recognition (ASR) and natural language processing (NLP) — BATON Captions brings simplicity and cost savings to the creation, management, and delivery of captions and subtitles for traditional TV and video streaming. Deployable on premises, in the cloud, or as a hybrid solution, the flexible platform provides multilingual support for QC, captioning, and subtitling of media files.

The latest version has been enhanced to support all popular caption formats — including SRT, SCC, TTML, MacCaption closed caption (MCC), STL, TT, Cavena890, PAC, CAP, and IAM-based S3 access. Additional new features for BATON Captions also include support for the Finnish and Polish languages, project-based custom dictionaries, burnt-in captions detection and management, profane word filtering, RHEL support, and the ability to browse and download log files from the web browser, export dictionaries, and perform a database backup before upgrading.

The solution’s core infrastructure has also been upgraded to include distributed processing using multiple nodes, next-generation format-specific checks, support for the QC of stand-alone subtitle files, and more. BATON Captions supports all embedded and sidecar formats, major text and document formats, and an array of content locations, such as FTP, AWS S3, Microsoft Azure Storage, and GCP Storage — such as YouTube URLs. Future updates will include a fully functional live captioning capability, which will be available by the end of 2023.

Industry-leading QC, performance, and innovation set BATON Captions apart from its competitors, making it a worthy candidate for a 2023 Digital Media World Award. It is the only solution on the market that offers comprehensive quality QC checks for captions and subtitles. The platform reports any drop or inaccuracy in captions and audio, as well as compliance issues, providing users with automated options for correcting alignment and text. Captions can be checked against actual audio essence, corrected, and exported to any industry-supported caption format.

And through its use of state-of-the-art ASR technology, the platform adds accurate time to dialogs in scripts, resulting in faster, more efficient caption generation. In addition, the solution’s ability to repurpose captions dramatically streamlines workflows. For example, if live content needs to be re-telecasted as VOD content, the platform can automatically correct the sync, spelling, segmentation, and positioning, provide missing captions while removing extras, change the format and framerate, censor profanity, and more.

It also tracks changes made to media content during post-production and applies them to captions, ensuring synchronization and reducing manual effort. For content providers, BATON Captions is a game-changer that helps ensure the global accessibility of their content, and allows them to capitalize on monetization opportunities, all while dramatically increasing operational efficiency.