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NBC Learn Teams Up With Automatic Sync Technologies to Caption Its Video Archives

The Education Arm of NBC News Implements CaptionSync to make its video resources accessible to all learners

Hayward, Calif.(23 May 2011)

 

Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) is proud to announce that the company was selected to be the captioning provider for NBC Learn. AST’s CaptionSync service will provide closed captioning for learning videos that are available on NBCLearn.com. NBC Learn makes learning come to life by providing teachers, students and lifelong learners the vast video resources of NBC News (archival and current events), primary source documents, images, charts and graphs, and original documentaries, to use in the classroom and beyond. With the help of AST’s CaptionSync, these resources will be accessible to all learners regardless of disability.

“Making the valuable content in the NBC Learn archives as accessible as possible is very important to NBC News, not just to meet compliance requirements, but also to make this content accessible to the broadest possible audience,” said Michael Levin, Director, Sales Operations for NBC Learn “AST's CaptionSync is a great solution for our needs, allowing us to caption a vast amount of material very quickly and easily.”

“Our selection by NBC News underscores the ability of CaptionSync to meet two pressing corporate media needs: availability and compliance,” said Kevin Erler, founding partner of Automatic Sync Technologies. “With this partnership, NBC Learn is able to present immense volumes of content to the widest viewing audience and make that content searchable and indexable. We are pleased to be working with NBC Learn to make these rich resources available to the educational world.”

Captioned NBC Learn clips are now available thanks to CaptionSync. Visit www.nbclearn.com to see examples of AST’s captioning.

About NBC Learn 

NBC Learn is the educational arm of NBC News dedicated to providing resources for students, teachers, and lifelong learners. The online resources NBC Learn has created for the education community leverages nearly 80 years of historic news coverage, documentary materials, and current news broadcasts. The NBC Learn product gives students and teachers access to thousands of video clips from the NBC News archives, including great historic moments–from the Great Depression to the Space Race to the latest political coverage, all mapped to curriculum and aligned to state standards. NBC Learn original video series like “The Science of the Olympic Winter Games,” and “Chemistry Now” put the production resources of NBC News to work for educators and students by providing high-quality original video for classroom and on-line use. www.NBCLearn.com

About CaptionSync

CaptionSync is an innovative, proprietary software service powered by Automatic Sync Technologies, providing highest quality automated captioning with unrivaled speed at a fraction of the cost of conventional captioning. The simple user interface accepts electronic submission of program media and returns standard-format caption files for web-media such as Flash, QuickTime and Windows Media, platforms such as MediaSite, Brightcove, Echo360, Panopto and You Tube, or for DVD authoring and broadcast. CaptionSync can simultaneously generate caption output for multiple types of media from a single submission and provides the Gold Standard in accuracy because it does not rely on speech recognition software used by other automation platforms. For this reason it is the choice of educational institutions and government agencies which must meet strict compliance standards of accuracy, and it provides accurate, searchable files necessary to enable accessibility and power video search for all users.

About Automatic Sync Technologies

Automatic Sync Technologies (AST), the leading provider of web-based captioning for thousands of clients worldwide, is the developer of CaptionSync, the innovative, proprietary caption service leading the industry today, delivering multiple time-coded captioning file formats from one simple submission. Formed in 1998 and funded in part by an SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant, AST pioneered the most cost-efficient, highest quality, automatic captioning service available today. AST helps government agencies and educational institutions comply with accessibility regulations, making advanced communication services accessible to and usable by the disabled, emergency services, and mobile phones. And, AST provides the most accurate search and retrieval available to corporations and other entities. For further information: info@automaticsync.com or call: +1 (877) 278-7962, or visit our website: www.automaticsync.com