Telestream, the leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, today announced that DPAN.TV (The Deaf Professional Artists Network) has chosen its MacCaption closed captioning software to handle all of its own closed captioning and subtitling needs in-house.
A non-profit company co-founded by Sean Forbes and Joel Martin 10 years ago, DPAN.TV produces a high volume of shows, including original video series, such as DTV News, Tru Biz entertainment news, Between the Lines public affairs, ASL Music Videos and Today in History—all specifically for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
“DPAN.TV is about making news and entertainment fully accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing, a community that has long been underserved by traditional media. We engage deaf and hard of hearing viewers by using both ASL (American Sign Language) and high quality closed captions so they can choose the way they prefer to consume the media. We also provide program audio so that hearing individuals can also enjoy our channel," explains Forbes.
One of the biggest operational challenges facing DPAN.TV was the labor and cost associated with adding captions to a large amount of non-live video. Their tight budget and tight timeline didn't allow for video files to be sent out to third-party captioning companies.