ENCO TV and Radio Developments Surge for NAB Show 2023
New innovations strengthen momentum for enCaption5 captioning software, modular enTranslate engine, WebDAD 3.0 remote radio interface, and RUSHWORKS product lines
Novi, MI, April 11, 2023 – ENCO, the premier global provider of radio and TV software solutions, will demonstrate new features for its flagship broadcast products at NAB Show 2023. ENCO has added new features and benefits to its fifth-generation, AI-enhanced enCaption automated live captioning and transcription solution for TV and radio, including an updated enTranslate engine; and WebDAD 3.0 remote radio automation interface.
“We continue to refine and improve our core broadcast solutions based on user feedback, and NAB represents the latest ENCO innovations to meet customer demand,” said Ken Frommert, President of ENCO. “We are thrilled to bring new levels of accuracy to our broadcast customers who want state-of-the-art live captioning and translation – improvements based on ENCO’s proven technology. We are also energized by how our next-generation WebDAD 3.0 remote radio interface provides greater control than ever for remote broadcasting and production.”
ENCO, which will also demonstrate its new RUSHWORKS product lines, exhibits in booth W1743 in the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 16-19. ENCO will also unveil a new product line and details of a unique on-booth experience before the curtain rises on the show.
enCaption5 Improvements for NAB
ENCO’s award-winning enCaption live captioning solution has been the leading platform for automated closed captioning in broadcast TV and radio for several years. Previewed at NAB Show 2022, enCaption5 offers flexible live or file-based captioning and transcription that can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid on-prem/cloud workflow for customers needing SDI signal connectivity or those requiring a purely on-premises solution. Its containerized architecture enables exceptional scalability and flexibility while providing an easily extensible foundation for subsequent feature expansion. Its open API supports seamless integration with media asset management systems and third-party developers.
New for NAB, enCaption includes major accuracy improvements of up to 20 percent and additional improvements to speaker detection for more seamless captioning of program material with multiple speakers. Improved data formatting for phone numbers, measurements, websites, and email addresses will drive better caption readability. ENCO has added user interface enhancements such as Calendar View for scheduling captioning events in addition to the current List View.
enCaption, enTranslate Converge
enCaption makes it fast, easy, and cost-effective for broadcasters to create transcripts and add closed or open captions to both live and pre-recorded content in 48 languages. enTranslate is a robust solution that combines advanced speech-to-text conversion, machine translation and grammatical structure analysis to deliver captions in multiple languages simultaneously. enTranslate can be used for all broadcast workflows, including TV, radio, OTT feeds, or offline.
ENCO’s enTranslate solution, to be introduced as an enCaption module at NAB, amplifies the system’s value proposition through subtitles and secondary or tertiary closed captions to expand audience reach. ENCO has added support for 14 new languages including Ukrainian, bringing its current portfolio to 34 languages.
enTranslate includes unit conversion, such as metric to imperial measurements, with the conversions automatically performed based on source and target languages. Users can embed translated captions in short and long-form VOD content, including podcasts. For live radio applications, enCaption creates speech data and sends it to ENCO’s enTranslate engine for translation. Translated captions are distributed as text via its web socket, which users can reformat for adaptation to a web page or iFrame.
Sleeker WebDAD 3.0
ENCO’s browser-based, remote radio automation control solution WebDAD lets users remotely manage and control studio-based ENCO DAD radio automation systems including ENCO’s ClipFire automated playout system through an internet connection. Offering remote access for everything from uploading content and modifying playlists to voice tracking and controlling an automation system, WebDAD enables remote working models by letting users efficiently manage their on-air operations from anywhere.
New for NAB, ENCO has made control of the automation system the focus. The latest version of WebDAD now offers bidirectional control of playback machines, mini arrays, and full array panels. New improved progression tracking allows users to monitor playout of on-air content, plus the ability to trigger ClipFire video clips has been built in. ENCO has also added a robust new library editor and FastTRAK one-button voice tracking for simplifying remote talent tasks.
“WebDAD represents ENCO’s next-generation solution for automated broadcast and production workflows, and as a maturing solution we have been aggressive in adding features that most interest our customers,” said Frommert. “At NAB, we are excited to introduce new control modules to the WebDAD interface for greater flexibility by remote users.”
RUSHWORKS Family of Solutions
The RUSHWORKS family of solutions will make its debut in the ENCO booth at NAB, following the acquisition of the company in January. Products include the A-LIST broadcast automation solution, VDESK integrated PTZ/PTX production system, and PTX Model 3 PRO pan/tilt head.
The PTX Model 3 PRO delivers ultra-smooth, ramped moves on both axes. The design combines the best features of previous models into a sleek, powerful, and whisper-quiet precision robotic head, and is a great platform for any camera - from the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema and URSA family to the new Studio Camera 4K/6K models, plus other larger form factor camera/lens combinations from several manufacturers. The PTX Model 3 PRO can be used with any controller that provides VISCA over IP communications. Users can also remotely control positioning and camera functions with a joystick and hardware and software interfaces.
VDESK allows users to control their entire production including switching, effects, transitions, and Chroma key, with local encoding and streaming functions. VDESK, with its sophisticated camera control and active mic-sensing technology, allows visual radio clients to take their production to the next level.
"Our VDESK VISUAL RADIO Production System captures your control room/studio action and delivers it to your listeners – now viewers – with high production value and low cost,” said Frommert. “It utilizes any combination of robotic and/or POV cameras to cover all the action, incorporating multiple presets and driven by our unique active microphone shot selection for completely automated show productions.
Founded in 1983, ENCO pioneered the use of computer-based, digital audio and program automation for radio stations and TV studios. The company has since evolved its award-winning product line to span all aspects of today’s automated broadcast and production workflows, including closed and open captioning, visual radio, audio compliance, instant media playout, remote contribution, and cloud-based web streaming. It also brings the benefits of its patented captioning and live audio/video playout innovations to professional AV environments including conference rooms, lecture halls, sporting arenas and event venues. For more information, please visit: www.enco.com.