Thread poster: Libero_Lang_Lab
Out of curiosity - how long would estimate it would take you to transcribe a 5 minute news report from a video? I\'ve got to bill for the time taken. It took me about 1.5 hours to get absolutely every word (it is in my source language rather than my native tongue - I had to transcribe it as the preamble to translating it). I don\'t know if I\'ve taken too long or whether there are standard rates per minute. Any clues would be helpful.
| | xxxIanW
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German to English
| Sounds fine to me || Apr 20, 2003 |
I\'d leave it at 1.5 hours if that\'s what it took you - we are translators, not professional typists, and time is time that could have been spent translating. And five minutes on tape is a lot of pages on paper, and it has to be checked and double-checked, so it doesn\'t sound unreasonable to me.
I do a lot of work for market research companies who occasionally want translations done from tape or video, which need to be transcribed first. When pricing for this, I always give a (very cautious) estimate of how long this will take and point out that there are professional agencies who specialise in this sort of thing, and who will be able to do it in far less time, and thus more cheaply. This usually relieves you of unwanted fiddling around with tapes and suchlike or at least ensures that you are well paid for it.
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