Subtitle Length

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My friends and I are discussing some major translation changes and improvement, when suddenly the topic went to subtitling projects. We had this project a few years back, it was a 1 hour business seminar. It’s all business talk and strategies. We had about 1,000 lines of text for that project. Our transcribers had a hard time because of the speaker’s accent.

One of my colleagues said, “It’s easier to put subtitles on movies with lesser conversations.” I agree, take for example the movie Wall-E, it will take less time to prepare and edit.

One of them was joking around, “How about sex scandals and sex videos?” Well, I think you don’t need captions for such. Although it’s easy to put subtitles on sex videos, but I personally would refuse to such projects. There are now sex scandals of celebrities such as of Katrina Halili and Dr. Hayden Kho.

Anyway, the length of subtitle text actually varies depending on the video. As I’ve mentioned, a 1 hour business seminar can have more lines compared to a 2 hour movie like Wall-E.


Written by addjdl

June 1, 2009 at 5:49 AM

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  1. yes, it’s so much easier to put subtitles on sex videos hahaha.

    but what if the Philippine Senate will request
    for a subtitle to be used in the present hearing/investigation?


    June 1, 2009 at 6:09 AM

    • If ever they will, I think they can easily do it themselves…lol


      June 1, 2009 at 7:54 PM

  2. what happened to the issue? i don’t hear any news about the scandal anymore?

    ted g

    June 24, 2009 at 4:32 PM

  3. I am also confused on the real issue…

    ted g

    June 24, 2009 at 4:33 PM

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