Translation from tempate and time coding
Thread poster: Ginevra Massari

Ginevra Massari
Local time: 12:32
English to Italian
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Mar 31, 2009

Hi all!

Does anybody know what "translation from template" and "time coding" mean?

I have been asked by a post production company (DVD, cinema etc..) which are my rates for the above

Thank you in advance for your help



Juan Jacob  Identity Verified
Local time: 05:32
French to Spanish
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1.- No. 2.- Yes. Mar 31, 2009

Time coding:

Every subtitle must have a Time In and a Time Out (This is the Time Code), that is, the exact moment in wich it appears / disappears from screen.

Depending on format (DVD, 35mm., etc.), about 40 caracters per line, 80 per 2 lines.
No less than 1 second per subtitle on screen, no more than 5 seconds per subtitle on screen. (Well, that's what I do)


01:00:02:32.13 01:00:02:35.13
- Hi there. How are you?
- Hi, fine. And you?

01 = Reel number (can be sometimes 10)
00 = hour
02 = minute
32 = seconds
13 = frames (24 frames per second, remember)
Sometimes, no frames, but milliseconds.

This subtitle, 3 seconds on screen.

This is very triky to do.
Must have special software (Subtitle Workshop, etc.), must have very special skills to translate and adapt... and "compress" the dialogues because the lack of time. This is our major problem: translators for subtitles must NOT translate everything... strange, isn't it?

As I always say here: if you have no idea, drop it.

Good luck anyway.


Ana Catarina Lopes  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:32
Member (2008)
English to Portuguese
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As far as I know.. Mar 31, 2009

Translation from template is when the client sends you the subtitles in a word document (for example) and you translate them replacing the original with the translation or they have two parallel columns and you fill the translation side by side with the original.

I have never done any time coding, but as far as I know it is when the translator, while translating, also puts in the times codes referring to each subtitle (when it appears and disappears).

I hope this is helpful.


sokolniki  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:32
English to Russian
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Juan and Ana Catarina are absolutely correct, Apr 1, 2009

..I would add that if you are required to ADD time coding on top of subtitle translation, your per minute rate should be higher - this will take quite some time.

Good luck!


Ginevra Massari
Local time: 12:32
English to Italian
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Thanks Apr 1, 2009

Many thanks to all of you for your help!



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