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Forbidden Technologies: Tie-up for cloud transcription

A partnership with Take 1 Transcription will integrate Take 1’s transcription capability into FORscene. Users of the cloud video platform will be able to access Take 1’s service directly from the FORscene interface with the touch of a button. Forbidden said this integration could eliminate the need to prepare and transport large files or other media manually for transcription, and also help to create thorough transcripts that can accelerate the post production process.

“Many of our customers rely on time-coded transcripts as a valuable source of information during post production, but getting those transcripts in hand can be a cumbersome process,” said Forbidden Technologies business development director, Greg Hirst.

“Our partnership with Take 1 means our customers can skip the manual steps involved with initiating a transcription.”

Unlike the usual transcription process, which requires producers to transcode clips, create and transport DVDs, or send files via FTP to a transcription vendor manually, the integration between Take 1 and FORscene creates an automated process. Producers select the content in FORscene to be transcribed, and then click a button to send proxy files to Take 1. Take 1 receives the transcription order, where it is processed immediately by the company’s distributed workforce. Once completed, the transcript is imported back into FORscene as an XML file so that it gets linked back to the master video in the FORscene cloud.

At that point, production teams can use FORscene’s logging functions to add more metadata around visual descriptors, locations, and other key information. From there, FORscene’s search tools can be used to scan the transcript and the additional metadata to find the right clips. Teams can then use FORscene to complete some or all of the editing process, from stringouts to publishing, with review and approval cycles throughout.