Nexidia’s Dialogue Search enables content producers, owners, and consumers to type any combination of words or phrases, and in only seconds, find and preview any media clip where those words or phrases are spoken—independent of any captions, transcript, or metadata. In combination with Dialogue Search’s powerful metadata filtering and search capabilities, users can further explore and refine the result set. Using these capabilities, users can dive deeper in to their media, finding assets that would have otherwise gone undiscovered.
Results can be quickly previewed in a media player without having to scroll through numerous clips just to find a specific sound bite. Each timecoded result displays a confidence score, enabling users to focus only on the closest matches, or to broaden their review to include subtle variations on the search term.
Nexidia Dialogue Search dramatically accelerates and enhances your current search capabilities in a manner that is easy for your users to understand and use. Nexidia’s technology has been awarded twenty one patents and powers enterprise-class installations for major broadcasters of sports, news and entertainment, multinational corporations, government agencies, houses of worship, and educational and political organizations.
By analyzing phonemes instead of words, Nexidia’s patented technology is far more accurate than “speech-to-text.” It easily finds proper names or slang and is not thrown off by individual accents when searching for dialogue. Plus, searches of dialogue do not require exact spelling or rely on limited dictionaries that require frequent updates.
Executing a search is remarkably simple. Users type a word or phrase in the search box and click search. Within seconds, a list of files is returned that all contain those words or phrases. A user’s search can include Boolean operators to further refine the results as well as searching for terms within a specified time window.
Dialogue Search includes powerful metadata search and filtering capabilities. For media sets with metadata available, users can choose to filter results based on it or to search the metadata in combination with the dialogue. The combination with dialogue search allows users to leverage all available resources, while also being able to find and generate metadata for assets that did not already have any metadata.
Dialogue Search’s project bin feature allows users a way to easily collect and organize search results. Users can create an unlimited number of bins. As assets are discovered through search, those of interest can be added to a bin. This powerful feature allows users to quickly and easily organize media, bringing all relevant assets together in a single view and enables the user immediate access to this rich logging information in their asset management and editorial solutions.
Currently, Dialogue Search can enable search of media stored on the file system or media asset management systems from CatDV, Dalet, Vizrt, IPV, and Avid. When users find the results they want, the search terms and timecodes can be exported back to those systems or directly to editing applications like FCPX, Premiere Pro, Media Composer, and Pro Tools via XML or AAF. Additional integrations are being added regularly and upon request. In addition, Adobe Premiere Pro users can access the full functionality of Dialogue Search right within the editor by using the Dialogue Search extension for Premiere Pro. Users can search for words and view results as markers on the timeline without ever leaving the editor.
Preparing files for search is quick and easy and requires the media to be read only once. The administrator simply specifies the location of the files and indexing begins immediately. The application does not store a copy of the media files it indexes, nor does it require a dedicated copy of the files once the index is created.
Nexidia Dialogue Search is extremely fast, indexing media up to 40x real-time per CPU core, so new files become searchable almost instantly. This speed is achieved with inexpensive, off-the-shelf hardware. In fact, a single server can support searching over 100,000 hours of media. It also scales to support even the largest media libraries, and returns results from multiple libraries simultaneously, regardless of where the media resides.
Nexidia Dialogue Search is available as a standalone browser-based application or can power search functionality in existing customer applications via the Dialogue Search API. The JSON-based REST API makes interfacing with any application or web site quick and straightforward. Search can be limited to one media source, or it can aggregate results from many different media libraries. Results include a list of matching files, the confidence score, and the time code of each match within each file. Search results can be filtered on any metadata field, previewed with the Dialogue Search player, and exported to a MAM or video editing application as time coded markers that are visible and searchable within those applications. For additional information on system requirements, click here.
Currently, over twenty different languages and dialects are supported, resulting in Dialogue Search's ability to serve a global market. Additional language packs can be created upon request. For a full list of supported languages and information about getting support in additional languages, see: Language Support.