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Thread poster: Silvina Jover-Cirillo
Silvina Jover-Cirillo
United States
Local time: 00:10
English to Spanish
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May 19, 2006

Hello industry friends!

I've been contacted by a very well know captioning company and they offered me the following:

Our translation rate is $350/runtime hour (for example, $700 for a two-hour movie).

I'm used to charge on a per word basis...I'm not very familiar with this kind of quote.

How long does it take to translate the script of a 2 hour movie?

Can anybody help me?


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Eleftherios Kritikakis  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 23:10
Member (2003)
Greek to English
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On average May 19, 2006

If you have good equipment, it will take you X 4 the time to type it down (including a final check), if they talk continuously. Therefore, it depends on how much they talk in the movie (if it's a Schwarzeneger movie, the entire script will probably be two paragraphs...

The fee looks ok...

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Brasiversum  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:10
German to Portuguese
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I agree with him ... May 19, 2006

The fee looks ok, and it depends always on the kind of the film!
Good look!

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Local time: 05:10
English to French
rate is ok May 19, 2006

I agree, it depends a lot on the type of movie.
The rate is ok if you just have to do the translation (no transcription and no spotting).

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Local time: 22:10
English to Spanish
very subjective rate May 21, 2006

I do not think it is honest to pay by the hour this type of job, though many do. In my experience it can take you more than 8 hours' work to transcribe the text of one hour runtime. It depends on the amount of text, the pronounciation, the topic. Some time ago I translated a 60 minute training video, I charged by word and it was approximately 10,000 words transcription and about 12,000 translation into Spanish and I charged 22,000 words, and I can tell you I WOULDN'T DO IT FOR LESS. BEST LUCK, CORZA.

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