Poll: Have you ever subtitled a movie/video for your own delight (not as a job request)?
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Local time: 23:05
Apr 30, 2011

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Have you ever subtitled a movie/video for your own delight (not as a job request)?".

This poll was originally submitted by Paula Tizzano Fernández. View the poll results »


José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:05
English to Portuguese
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Mostly to try out... Apr 30, 2011

... other strategies, other software, other methods, other configurations (e.g. fonts).

The point was to do it 2-3 times on the same video, without any committed deadline.

When there is a deadline as usual, there is no time for trial-and-error. We must hit it right the first time.

Talking about deadlines, last week a client called me... We have a 2-hour video, which we need translated PT-EN, subtitled, and authored on a DVD for tomorrow. My response was rather blunt: Not even in Hollywood! Two weeks was my answer, though most likely I'd have it done in 10 days.


Mark Nathan  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:05
Member (2002)
French to English
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No but Apr 30, 2011

sometimes I like to select the subtitles option in my source language if it is available on a DVD of a movie that is in my target language, just to see how they translate things, i.e. watch an English movie with French subtitles.


xxxLuciana F
English to Spanish
Once... Apr 30, 2011

... I transcribed a short animated film. It was at college and I really enjoyed doing it.


neilmac  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:05
Spanish to English
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No Apr 30, 2011

Am usually to busy working to even think about engaging in work-related activities in my "spare" time.

I do often enjoy shouting abuse at bad subtitling on TV though, and wonder why they don't just employ a native speaker who actually understands what is being said in the approriate registers...


Veronica Lupascu  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:05
Dutch to Romanian
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yes Apr 30, 2011

before actually starting translating, I did it for fun. I never had a paid subtitling job, but I transcribed few times. It is fun, but very difficult. I would like to subtitle and transcribe more.


Darío  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:05
English to Spanish
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Yes May 2, 2011

You can watch one here:




Michelle McBride  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 07:05
Japanese to English
Learning & Polishing May 9, 2011

I do enjoy it for some enjoyment but also for staying 'in practice', and I do find that seeing other people's work can be just as a learning tool. I don't meet too may people with same linguistic appreciation, so it's always good to keep my eyes open.


Nicholas Ferreira  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:05
Spanish to English
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For my own ProZ profile Oct 4, 2011

I made a promo video on my ProZ profile, and put subtitles in English for the non-English parts. Take a look and let me know what you think...


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