Isis Subtitle Compare is a new subtitle multi-file compare application for broadcasters and subtitle bureaus that create or use multiple language subtitle files. Discovery Communications Europe – which helped to developed the application’s feature-set – is the software’s initial customer.
The transmission of English language programmes with multiple language closed captions is now increasingly common in Europe as it offers a cost-effective method approach to providing programme regionalisation.
The Starfish software runs as an automated service and simultaneously compares a series of defined parameters in multiple subtitle files. The output report details the comparison results and produces a graphic display which could also be used for manual verification.
Peter Blatchford (pictured), sales and marketing director at Starfish, commented: “The development of this product followed as a natural extension to our very successful subtitle QC application. The accuracy of closed captions and subtitles on TV transmission is increasingly part of a broadcaster’s service level agreement. Our automated QC and subtitle comparison technology will help tremendously to ensure more reliable and accurate caption and subtitling services.”