What does the term 'program minute' mean in subtitling?
Thread poster: Nikita Kobrin

Nikita Kobrin  Identity Verified
Lithuania
Local time: 00:50
English to Russian
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Mar 20, 2013

I have received an inquiry about my availability for a subtitling project. Among other things there was the following passage:

If you're interested, please send us your CV and let us know:
- What is your translation rate per program minute in USD (with English transcripts and timecode templates provided)
- If you can stamp timecodes yourself.
- If you can edit/proof-read translations(subtitles) done by other translators, and if yes, what is your rate per program minute in USD.


What does 'program minute' mean in this context? It's the fist time I hear this term. I have asked the client but so far haven't got any reply. Does anybody know what they mean under 'program minute'?

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Anthony Litrenta
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Per minute of the program Mar 21, 2013

It means per minute of the program ( TV show, miniseries, etc.) that you are subtitling.

 

Valery Kaminski  Identity Verified
Belarus
Local time: 00:50
Member (2006)
English to Russian
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There are minutes and minutes... Mar 21, 2013

This is a very tricky unit of measurement. Anything from 0 to several hundred words. How can one calculate that?

 

Nikita Kobrin  Identity Verified
Lithuania
Local time: 00:50
English to Russian
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Still there are questions... Mar 21, 2013

Anthony Litrenta wrote:

It means per minute of the program ( TV show, miniseries, etc.) that you are subtitling.


Indeed! So simple! icon_smile.gif For some reason I have misapprehended the word 'program' as 'software' here and it led me the wrong way... Thank you, Anthony!

BTW, I believe it would be better to use 'screen minute' or 'video minute' instead of 'program minute' in this context, wouldn't it?


Valery Kaminski wrote:

This is a very tricky unit of measurement. Anything from 0 to several hundred words. How can one calculate that?


Perhaps not 'several hundred' but from 0 up to 200 for sure. It's interesting for me too how people deal with this problem when they quote in video minutes for caption translation...

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