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ShareStream and Automatic Sync Technologies Partner to Simplify Captioning for Higher Education

ShareStream and Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) have partnered to integrate ShareStream’s Online Video Platform with CaptionSync, AST’s automated captioning service. The integration makes it easy for users to generate closed caption files for media assets stored in the ShareStream Platform. The availability of high-quality closed captioning is a key component in making online media accessible for users with disabilities.

Adoption of web video and audio content by educational institutions has grown dramatically in recent years, driven largely by the emergence of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and flipped classrooms, where streaming media plays an integral role in students’ online learning experiences. The ShareStream Platform is a turnkey system for uploading, transcoding, editing, storing, managing and delivering media, complete with digital rights management (DRM). It is designed expressly to fulfill increasing demand from universities and colleges for integrating video and other forms of digital media into online courses and campus communications. ShareStream can be implemented as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution or as an on-premises solution.

“ShareStream is committed to developing features that enhance the accessibility of online media for users with disabilities,” stated David Weinstein, ShareStream’s CEO. “ShareStream’s partnership with Automatic Sync Technologies furthers this objective by providing ShareStream users with the option of utilizing CaptionSync to efficiently generate high-quality closed-caption files for media assets stored in the ShareStream Platform.”

“We are exited to extend CaptionSync’s affordable captioning and simple workflow to the ShareStream community,” said Kevin Erler, President of Automatic Sync Technologies. “Streamlined captioning workflows help colleges meet their legal requirements cost-effectively, while simultaneously increasing the value of their video assets. All ShareStream users with access to captioned content will benefit from the proven learning benefits of captioning, such as improved comprehension gained when learners are presented with both audio and visual information.”

The ShareStream Platform’s integration with CaptionSync streamlines and automates the workflow for adding captions to universities’ and colleges’ rapidly expanding media collections. A user with the required privileges is able to seamlessly send a media asset stored in the system to CaptionSync, which generates closed captions, returns the caption file to the ShareStream Platform and associates it with the appropriate media asset in the system. Integration with CaptionSync enhances the ShareStream Platform’s “Add Captions” feature (which provides the capability to upload a local caption file for a media asset).

About ShareStream Education

ShareStream provides a leading online video platform and media-management solution for education. The ShareStream Platform is an institution-wide media solution that services multiple departments within an educational institution from a single system, including academic computing, the library, distance learning, communications and marketing, and technology services in support of research. ShareStream’s technology was initially developed in collaboration with Georgetown University, and is now widely deployed around the world. Learn more at www.sharestream.com or follow ShareStream on Twitter at @ShareStreamVid to receive the latest company updates.

About Automatic Sync Technologies

Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) is an industry-leading provider of web-based captioning services for thousands of customers worldwide, enabling accurate video and rich media search and retrieval to public and private sector enterprise. Founded ten years ago and funded in part by an SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant, AST pioneered the automated captioning technology to deliver the most cost-efficient, high-quality, automatic captioning service available today. AST helps government agencies and educational institutions comply with regulations to make advanced communication services accessible to hard of hearing and deaf audiences. Contact AST by email info@automaticsync.com, online at www.automaticsync.com, or call +1 (877) 278-7962.

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