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New standard helps preserve captions on catch-up TV

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The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has made freely available a standard that will enable captions from broadcast TV and broadband video programming to work together – or to interoperate.

The official description for the SMPTE ST 2052-1:2010 standard, called Time Text Format (SMPTE-TT) states:


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New closed captioned cinema location in Sydney

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Event Cinemas Top Ryde City is the latest cinema complex to introduce closed caption technology to its sessions.

Using the CaptiView system, Top Ryde City is the first Event Cinemas location in NSW to roll out the new technology, allowing patrons to privately view captions with the latest release movies, every day of the week. 


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US company releases new 3D captioning tool

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US company specialising in captioning and subtitling, CPC, has announced that its MacCaption software now has the ability to create 3D captions.

The software upgrade allows users to easily create 3D captions, specifying 3D depth for individual captions, and also allows pre-existing caption files to be converted to 3D.

While the technical specification for 3D closed captions is still to be finalised, CPC’s press release notes that, when it is, “MacCaption will be upgradeable to support it”.


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Education magazine reports on accessible classroom initiative

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A report about Ai-Media’s initiative Ai-Live has been published in Teacher, a national education magazine from the Australian Centre for Education Research (ACER.)

The article highlights the benefits of Ai-Live, a project which involves live remote captioning for Deaf or hearing impaired students in the mainstream classroom. The program allows for captions of a regular lesson to be delivered live to a student’s laptop or iPad, ensuring that they are gaining the information presented by their teacher on an equivalent level to their peers.


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