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XOrbit Announces RTX Post, a Near-Air Captioning Solution

XOrbit has introduced the latest addition to its RTX family of captioning product. RTX Post is a fusion of the company’s RTX Live and OmniEdit closed-caption creation and editing systems. It’s aimed at reducing costs and inefficiencies broadcasters face in captioning pre-recorded content that arrives in the studio just before its scheduled air time.

For live broadcasts, RTX Live utilizes an Internet connection to provide a direct link to stenographers anywhere in the world, who can then apply the captions in real-time as the program airs. Traditionally, television stations and cable networks have dubbed tapes of the content and shipped them to the stenographers, who in turn would have to create new masters and ship them back once the captions were applied.

“RTX Live has revolutionized the way broadcasters caption live content, making it easy, secure and reliable,” said Steven Blumenschein, president of XOrbit, Inc. “But we wanted to address the post-production challenges of pre-recorded content as well. Not only can the extra costs for tape stock, couriers, and rush charges add up to many hundreds of dollars, but the time factor often means broadcasters are airing programs without captions—putting them at risk for fines from the FCC.”

Installed on the stenographer’s local workstation, XOrbit’s OmniEdit establishes a direct, secure Internet connection to RTX Live. Using the machine control feature, the stenographer can play, pause, rewind, fast forward, and stop the material just as if he or she were sitting next to the tape source. Once the stenographer has completed the captioning, OmniEdit can correct errors, remove typos, and verify that the material is in compliance with FCC language regulations. When the work is complete, the stenographer can transmit the closed captioned data to the broadcast facility where it can be recorded on an UltraCast caption automation system, a tape deck, or an asset management system.

Read more about closed captioning products in the Aug. 6 issue of TV Technology.