SubtitleNEXT selected by EMG Belgium as software of choice for reliable and flexible workflows used in major productions
PBT EU announced that Euro Media Group (EMG), Europe’s leading global provider of broadcast facilities and media services, has expanded its digital services division with the purchase of new SubtitleNEXT licenses to support major productions. The SubtitleNEXT platform is used for captioning offline content in real time and is embraced by a growing number of broadcast and film industry professionals across the globe.
EMG’s position as an industry leader for over 30 years, offers world-renowned expertise that masters the entire value chain from image creation to distribution. EMG is a valued partner for major international events, including sport brands (Tour de France, UEFA Football World Cup, Formula One, Wimbledon), live events (Eurovision), and entertainment programmes (The Voice, Masterchef, the X-Factor) with its main operating companies now adopting the same Group name.
SubtitleNEXT was adopted by EMG-owned Videohouse back in 2018 already, and continues to provide unmatched efficiency, reliability, and versatility to a world-leading talented team of professionals, designed for application throughout the entire production process from creative concept to delivery. The recent SubtitleNEXT upgrade further optimises EMG’s subtitling capabilities ahead of major broadcast and sporting productions, which include television series for leading networks, to the largest sports tournaments in the world.
Videohouse now known as EMG Belgium provides national and international services for television and media productions and facilitates content creation with the latest technology and enthusiastic service-oriented professionals. It has served big-brand accounts that include the likes of HBO, Endemol, Canal PLUS, Council of Europe, European Commission, Fremantle Media, Discovery, Disney, Facebook, AWS, BT Sport, ESPN, BBC, Sky Sports, ITV Studios, Endemol Shine Group, and others. As a specialist in management and processing solutions, EMG Belgium records, digitises, encodes, archives, and distributes video content at lightning speed and with flawless accuracy.
SubtitleNEXT was chosen by EMG Belgium for its powerful toolset, innovation, and flexible licensing models, which have proven vital for remote productions during the pandemic period. The SubtitleNEXT system gives EMG Belgium the ability to support a diverse range of production requirements and enhances subtitling creativity. Current notable projects using SubtitleNEXT at EMG include commercials, films, and television series such as Dexter: New Blood, local productions Déjà Vu, Stamnummer 1, Mauve, including HBO shows And Just Like That and Euphoria.
Subtitler and Translator at EMG Belgium, Elisabeth Barber commented, “SubtitleNEXT is the only subtitling brand we now use and has become the exclusive subtitling software platform here, so we use it for all our subtitling projects. We are still very happy with SubtitleNEXT as the platform provides us with superb stability. We can also take advantage of a whole range of brand-new features that have been added since the last upgrade. If ever there is a slight technical issue, we know we can always count on the prompt response from the SubtitleNEXT support team whenever we need them.”
Elisabeth outlined some of the SubtitleNEXT’s key features that she regularly relies on, “Two features we use a lot here are the ‘compare’ and ‘fix titles’ options. However, what SubtitleNEXT really does well which makes it stand out, is the vast amount of keyboard shortcuts it lets you assign to timing operations. One of them provides the option to add or deduct one frame to or from the in and out cue of a subtitle. This operation can be done while the video is still playing, so this is very handy indeed!
The other key feature in SubtitleNEXT we really like is the capability to simultaneously change the ‘out cue’ of a subtitle, and the ‘in cue’ of the next subtitle, and vice versa.
The ‘auto out cue’ short key, which automatically sets the ‘out cue’ at the desired reading speed specified in the settings, is one we use all the time. As far as we know, these features are not available in any other subtitling program.”
With two new colleagues joining the team recently, Elisabeth added, “It was very easy to get them started with SubtitleNEXT, since the program is so intuitive. So, in all, we are very happy with SubtitleNEXT. It is a visually appealing environment to work in and it is perfectly catered to a subtitler’s needs.”
Ann Van Bogaert, Head of EMG’s Subtitling and Translation Department confirmed, “As we support the needs of our growing department at EMG Belgium and meet the rise in demand for content, we rely on a system that delivers powerful, flexible, and future-ready subtitling workflows that can fit into our strategy. SubtitleNEXT’s development team always steps up to the plate, demonstrating passion for innovation with exciting new features and capabilities that will support our continued growth. We have a solid working relationship with PBT EU, and they are always willing to work with us in a collaborative way to deliver solutions that align with the needs of our business.”
PBT EU’s CEO Ivanka Vassileva stated, “We are extremely proud that EMG Belgium has once again upgraded its SubtitleNEXT licenses, as they continue to expand and work on demanding high-profile projects. Renown for seeking out the best in technology and expertise and owing to its continued success, EMG is able to invest in innovative systems, and therefore maintains its status as a forerunner in a competitive market. As the demand for captivating viewing experiences rises, EMG thrives on keeping up with the pace of technology and we respond by continuing to offer flexibility to meet their creative needs. We admire their principles that match ours: – an ethos built on reliability, strong customer relationships and a tremendous passion for innovation and world class delivery.”
CTO of PBT EU Kamen Ferdinandov concluded, “The industry as a whole needs to innovate with new technological solutions, and EMG already leads the way. As the landscape develops, I’m looking forward to us being ahead of the curve and supporting EMG Belgium with ongoing advancements and also continuing to adopt our ‘customer-focused’ approach to everything we do.”
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