Skylark Technology Enhances Closed Captioning

Skylark adds advanced features to SL NEO Series Hybrid Channel-in-a-Box
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Skylark adds advanced features to SL NEO Series Hybrid Channel-in-a-Box

Skylark Technology, a manufacturer of hybrid channel-in-a-box systems for master control and live or postproduction, has updated its Skylark SL NEO Series to automatically convert closed captioning metadata for either SD or HD play-out.

“We can store media content with either CEA-708 or CEA-608 closed captioning formats and convert them live as you play-out media content from our ‘hybrid’ channel-in-a-box automation video servers,” said Alex Sadovsky, Skylark technology president.

This system is able to store and play-out closed captioned media content, regardless of whether it is imported via short or long-form recording or file transfer. Included as standard with the unit is a live-manual closed captioning data entry capability, the company says.

“Any keyboard connected to the Skylark system via direct, local area network or wide area network can be used as a real-time closed captioning data entry point,” said Sid Guel of Skylark Technology’s Business Development department. “The closed captioning metadata is stored in the Skylark database for play-out to air,” he said. The metadata can also be exported in SD-CEA-608 or HD-CEA-708 formats.

Skylark’s HD/SD nonlinear editing NewsCut editing system also supports closed captioning. It has two edit modes, hard-cuts editing or editing decision list editing, and the Skylark system automatically determines the mode used and selects the appropriate closed captioning metadata for on-air or production play-out.

The company’s graphics system supports closed captioning during design and play-out, Skylark says. During that phase, Skylark has the ability to store manually-entered closed captioning metadata, and if the graphics design involves rolling video content with built-in metadata, the system gives broadcasters the ability to select either the manually-entered or the built-in metadata for on-air or production playout, the company says.